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Joshua Bowman

Joshua Bowman joined in full communion with the Catholic Church in 2010 after many years in the spiritual wilderness. He recently moved from his beloved native Virginia to Columbus, Ohio with his growing family and writes on religion, politics, history, and geographical curiosities in these pages and on his personal blog, The Prolix Patriot.

Recent Posts

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. marching for civil rights in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963

All God’s Children

Today we honor the memory of one of the great figures in the struggle for civil rights, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We have seen so much progress in that struggle, but that struggle continues. The evi... More

Pope Francis visiting a Buddhist temple (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano/pool)

The Call to Prayer, Pluralism, Provocations, and the Pope’s Punch

Religious freedom is a basic human right. This is not terribly controversial by itself, but when we come to the details, things can get messy. At Duke University, a Muslim student group received permi... More

Saint Thomas Aquinas with Aristotle and Plato, Triumphant over Averroës by Benozzo Gozzoli, c. 1460-1480

Charlie Hebdo, Free Speech, Faith, and Reason

A famous Frenchman once said, "It is dangerous to be right when men of power are wrong." This is why free speech matters. Even though Charlie Hebdo published little more than puerile smut, they have t... More

Isaac Asimov

Five Calendar Systems That Never Caught On

This New Year's Day, the whole world, whether they realize it or not, celebrates the beginning of the two-thousand fifteenth Anno Domini based on the calculations of a monk named Dionysius Exiguus in ... More

Doppelgängen

The Media Antipope Strikes Again

The Catholic Church today has two popes. In itself, this is not without precedent. There have been numerous antipopes throughout history, most infamously at the end of the period known as the Avignon ... More

Vanitas by Philippe de Champaigne, c. 1671

The Last Words of 30 Saints

As we approach the end of the liturgical year, we draw our attention to the last things that await beyond the grave. The great feasts of All Saints and All Souls commemorate our beloved dead, but they... More

The Miraculous Draught of Fishes by Raphael, 1515

Cast Your Nets

One of the themes to emerge from the debates and discussions surrounding the Synod on the Family is the counter-cultural nature of traditional values. Yuval Levin, writing in First Things, takes up on... More

Amputation being performed in a hospital tent, Gettysburg, July 1863

Lord, Have Mercy

In the Synod on the Family, there is a lot of discussion about mercy. As Pope Francis said a year ago, the Catholic Church is a “field hospital” for sinners. He also said, “In pastoral ministry,... More

Detail from La Pietà by Michelangelo, 1499

What is Love? A Crust for the Critics

Returning to the diabolical trinity from your humble writer's post from last week, we look deeper at the importance of procreation in defining the marital bond. Many people take issue with the Catholi... More

Christ and the Woman of Samaria by Giovanni Lanfranco, c. 1625-8

The Diabolical Trinity: Divorce, Same-Sex Marriage, and Abortion

Catholic media (especially the outlets of a more liberal persuasion) are whipped into a frenzy about the upcoming Synod of the Family. As we draw closer to October 5, there is growing speculation and ... More


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