Touchpoints

October 2017

TOUCHPOINT October 2017 Good Without God? Is it possible to be good without God? That was the question that I discussed last spring with the former Evangelical leader Bart Campolo, now an atheist. It was a cordial but pointed discussion between us. About 100 USC...

September 2017

TOUCHPOINT September 2017 All Er Nuthin’ I love musicals. When I was in high school, I was part of a singing and dancing chorus for the Rodgers and Hammerstein 1955 musical, “Oklahoma.” I loved a lot of the songs, but one comes back to me often these days....

August 2017

TOUCHPOINT August 2017 Thinking and Believing I am sometimes referred to as a “hyphenated priest”, as in a priest-professor. Because of that dual identity, I often have dual experiences. For example, when I am at the university, I am often perceived as...

July 2017

TOUCHPOINT July 2017 Myth and History In his late 20s, C. S. Lewis began talking to J. R. R. Tolkein about faith. Lewis was an atheist, Tolkien a Catholic. Lewis loved mythology, especially Norse mythology, with its great stories of Thor, Baldur and Loki. Tolkein also...

June 2017

TOUCHPOINT June 2017 Science and Catholicism, Again? I don’t know about you, but I am getting tired of trying to explain why science and Catholicism are not opposed. Scientists study the world God created, right? The same God sent Jesus. If there is conflict, it is...

May 2017

TOUCHPOINT May 2017 Against the Wind Sociologist Wade Clark Roof writes, “It’s hard to dismiss the fact that the religious stance today is more internal than external, more individual than institutional, more experiential than cerebral, more private than...