As we saw in They never really get there, of course, but as a general rule, as Fulton Sheen was fond of saying, “Right is right if nobody does it, wrong is wrong if everybody does it.”, given ordinary circumstances, moral questions tend to get away from the gray shadings and drift into black and white.
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
As we saw in As G.K. Chesterton would note a century or so later, the “Hampden Affair” revealed the profound differences between traditional religion (Orthodoxy, 1908) and the invention of a new religion under the name of Christianity (Saint Francis of Assisi, 1923)., the adherents of the “democratic religion” of socialism — which also encompassed what became known as modernism and the New Age — became adamantine opponents of John Henry Newman and the Oxford Movement when it became obvious that the tenets of the New Christianity could in no way be reconciled with orthodox beliefs.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
This past Sunday marked the thirty-ninth anniversary of the death of Archbishop Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979). Ordinarily we would have posted any reflection on his thought pertaining to the Just Third Way on that day. We don’t post on Sunday, however, and yesterday was the day reserved for CESJ’s “electronic apostolate” (so to speak), and Sheen would have been the first one to appreciate the fact that “the show must go on.”
Monday, December 10, 2018
This week’s video broadcast is a show first aired on December 21, 2016, an episode of The Challenge With Russell Williams, featuring Dr. Norman G. Kurland as a guest. While the show is fairly short at less than half an hour, we’re sure you’ll want to tune in:
Friday, December 7, 2018
While it certainly seems as if good news travels so slowly that it never seems to arrive, a number of projects that have been in the works for years are nearing at least the initial stages of completion or fulfillment. CESJ still has a need for volunteers to handle the routine organizational administrate tasks as well as take over some key (but understaffed) projects, but every organization and movement can say the same thing. CESJ’s most critical need at this point is people willing to learn about the Just Third Way and who will take advantage of the vast amount of material available free on the CESJ website, such as the free e-books. There are, of course, publications for sale, and we encourage you to purchase them, but try the free stuff first . . . don’t cost nothing. . . And in the meantime:
Thursday, December 6, 2018
It is traditional in economics and finance to accept the principle that new capital formation is utterly impossible without saving. Nobody ever got something for nothing, and nobody ever will. What about gifts and charity, you ask? What about them? If someone gives you a gift or alms, you owe gratitude. You don’t get something for nothing.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
In The book exists, though, even if it does not appear to have sold very well.we began by complaining about a book without embarrassing the author by giving the title or the name of the author.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
As we saw in the previous posting on this subject, John Henry Newman and the others of the Oxford Movement were confronted with something they were ill-prepared to deal with, and up to a point did not even realize what the real problem was. With the Industrial and French Revolutions a new idea had grown up regarding the real purpose of religion — and it did not have too much to do with God, as Fulton Sheen would point out in the next century.
Monday, December 3, 2018
While the Just Third Way Podcast is on Holiday Hiatus we decided it was the perfect opportunity to run a number of the videos that cover Just Third Way subjects. This particular one, a Molly Cheshire Show interview featuring Norman Kurland, president of CESJ, is especially interesting:
Friday, November 30, 2018
As the last month of the year approaches — it’s only a few hours away as of this writing — it’s easy to get depressed about the number of people who have not heard about the Just Third Way rather than satisfied about the increasing number of people who have. That’s understandable, because until a determinant number of people even know about the Just Third Way and start urging their leaders to do something positive instead of the Same Old Thing, things are going to stay pretty much right where they are. There are, however, signs of hope:
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Man proposes, the internet (or at least email) disposes. We were going to have a posting continuing the saga of John Henry Newman, the Oxford Movement, and the act of social justice for today. At the last minute yesterday, however, we got an email from a faithful reader in Canada alerting us to a book he came across on Catholic social teaching . . . sort of. As the book was published a few years ago and is not very well known, we decided not to review it.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
As we saw in the previous posting in this series, in the 1830s John Henry Newman and others in the Oxford Movement found themselves at odds with the “Broad Church” movement within the Church of England, a variety of what purported to be Christianity, but without all those annoying legalistic, papist rules that got in the way of the true religion taught by Jesus: democratic socialism. At issue was the nature of truth itself, even if such a thing as truth could exist.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Not too long ago we got into a discussion about one of everybody’s least favorite subjects: taxation. Nobody likes it, even the people who levy taxes or benefit from it. That being the case, why do we need taxes in the first place?
Monday, November 26, 2018
Possibly “rerun” is not quite the right word for repeating Dave’s “Gas Truck Driver Rant.” Perhaps we could think of this as traveling over the same route again. In any event, while Dave is on holiday hiatus from the Just Third Way podcast we thought we’d replay one of his more popular shows:
Friday, November 23, 2018
Amazon workers in Germany and Spain went on strike today in Amazon distribution centers, possibly the biggest sales day and busiest of the year. The stock market is down. And nobody seems to know how to fix what is going wrong. Maybe it’s time to look seriously at the Just Third Way . . . .
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
It really is amazing what you kind find rooting through old documents, correspondence, what have you. When you have access to an archive that records a social movement of which most people have at best an inadequate understanding, it is easy to become frustrated at just how obtuse people have been.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
One of the interesting things about college is the opportunity to take courses in subjects so far outside your major that students as well as professors cast suspicious looks at you. That is, until they start to realize that you might actually be taking the course because you’re interested in it, not for an “easy A” to repair your GPA.
Monday, November 19, 2018
In this week’s Just Third Way podcast, host Dave Hamill finishes the discussion on Successful organizations start with people firmly committed to a set of core values, which cannot be compromised without weakening the organization. CESJ’s strength, unity and programs flow from its founding principles, agreed upon by consensus from the first meeting on April 7, 1984. CESJ’s core values were developed to guide CESJ in its work, to attract others sharing these values and to serve as the very basis of CESJ’s existence.(CESJ).
Friday, November 16, 2018
A great deal of outreach was done this past week, with letters, telephone calls, and emails being sent to a number of possible contacts. It is becoming increasingly clear that without the Just Third Way the world will have a difficult time turning aside from the path it is currently on and establishing a system that will give each person the chance for a more just and humane future. With that in mind —
Thursday, November 15, 2018
As we saw in Nor is this surprising, given the fact that the Catholic Church had always been opposed to anything that undermined the natural law, and the Church of England with the Oxford Movement was making an effort to return to its original doctrinal roots., in the early nineteenth century traditional forms of Christianity were under assault from socialism, modernism, and what became known as the New Age, with two churches especially targeted, the Church of England and the Catholic Church.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
On a fairly regular basis we get called capitalists by the socialists and socialists by the capitalists, which suggests there might be a little confusion around. Not on our part, but on the part of others. Last week, for example, we received the following email after someone here rejected the use of the word “capitalism”:
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Every once in a while we get a question about money, credit, banking, and finance that allows us to give a very brief refresher course on some basic principles that, nevertheless, are hard to hold in your head if you aren’t using them every day. As our correspondent queried,
Monday, November 12, 2018
In this week’s Just Third Way podcast, host Dave Hamill leads a discussion on some of the Core Values of the interfaith Center for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ). Successful organizations start with people firmly committed to a set of core values, which cannot be compromised without weakening the organization. CESJ’s strength, unity and programs flow from its founding principles, agreed upon by consensus from the first meeting on April 7, 1984. CESJ’s core values were developed to guide CESJ in its work, to attract others sharing these values and to serve as the very basis of CESJ’s existence.