by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

How science is consistent with the ancient Christian teachings

Now after all this theology and philosophy, you may be astonished by my next move. I am going to show that science now substantiates many of the important claims that Christianity has been making since the beginning.  Let me begin with the most basic. The human person is meant for love. (more…)

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HOW Does religion/spirituality inform maternal satisfaction?

Introduction

Literature regarding the levels and nature of satisfaction experienced by a woman in connection with her role as mother is, at this point in time, somewhat limited.  Much of it has to do with women’s medical concerns rather than the more ethereal and psycho-spiritual aspects of mothering.  Medicine, Mothering and Religiousness have connections which require further investigation and exploration, in order to determine the satisfaction, and fulfillment a woman may experience in this powerful and unique aspect of human experience.

The phenomenon of  mothering and the satisfaction or fulfillment she may associate with this facet of her life goes beyond that which can be measured by marital satisfaction, child outcomes or the amount of analgesic intervention used during a medical procedure.  Indeed, one may ask if mothering can be satisfying even for those who do not give birth at all (Dew,2001).

The idea of motherhood as a unique and important phenomenon, worthy of research and exploration, appears to be in its infancy.  However, as women move into third wave feminism, they begin to explore their roles in society in new and diverse ways (Kaufman,1993).  (more…)

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by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

Published at ToTheSource.org June 11, 2009.

Secularism was to be the wave of the future. Leading secular theorists such as Peter Berger taught that secularism would be the inevitable result of the inexorable march of progress and that its many advantages would simply drive out religion in all of its forms. No serious discussion was possible or necessary. Religion would be deposited unceremoniously on the dustbin of history. (more…)

by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

Published at ToTheSource.org September 23, 2008.

Bradley Lashawn Fowler, a gay man, claims that Christian publishing powerhouses, Zondervan Publishing and Thomas Nelson Publishing infringed his constitutional rights. Fowler alleges the companies’ bibles’ references to homosexuality as a sin made him an outcast from his family and contributed to physical discomfort and periods of “demoralization, chaos and bewilderment.” According to a local TV station, “his family’s pastor used that Zondervan Bible, and because of it his family considered him a sinner and he suffered. Now he is asking for an apology and $60 million, ‘to compensate for the past 20 years of emotional duress and mental instability.’” (more…)

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by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

My Grandfather’s Son, the autobiography of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, will be a classic American memoir. It is a rare combination of timeless saga and period piece. Thomas’s autobiography is the archetypal American rags to riches story that is so much a part of our national character. At the same time, Thomas’s memoirs will offer future generations a window into the late twentieth-century. His story will be of particular interest to American Catholics, because it is not only the life of a black American: it is also the life of an American Catholic. (more…)