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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

Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park, 1906

Humanity is the Endangered Species

In his encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis invites us to consider the ambitious question, “Why?” The consequences of this question can be felt in every area of human activity, not only in how w... More

Thomas Dolby from the music video, "She Blinded Me With Science"

Liberty, Lies, and Statistics

It's easy to lie with statistics, but to completely invent data and then publish it in a peer-reviewed journal takes a lot more effort--and some serious chutzpah. Nevertheless, that's exactly what Mic... More

Justices Kennedy and Ginsburg (Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images)

Justices Kennedy and Ginsburg Argue Against Same-Sex Marriage

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, which will go down in history as either the next Roe v. Wade or the next Dred Scott, depending on how it is decided and whic... More

Photograph of Abraham Lincoln taken by Alexander Gardner, 1863

These Honored Dead

This Thursday, it will have been one and a half centuries after the Civil War effectively ended with General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House. To mark this occasion, Brian Beutler w... More

Let them eat cake! The long national nightmare is finally over!

CatholicVote Exclusive: Supreme Court to Overturn All 50 State Constitutions

WASHINGTON, April 1 -- In an unprecedented surprise announcement breaching longstanding protocols of secrecy, a source close to Justice Kennedy revealed to CatholicVote that Obergefell v. Hodges will ... More

Strange Bedfellows: Margaret Sanger and Kim Hammer

A Pro-Life Politician Goes Horribly Wrong

Arkansas State Rep. Kim Hammer had a strong record of defending life. He was a co-sponsor of bill in the Arkansas Legislature to ban abortions after twenty weeks and supported another bill to ban abor... More

Magic Carpet by Viktor Vasnetsov, c. 1919

A Brave New World

Justice Kennedy and Ted Olson take a jurisprudential magic carpet ride: (Olson) You can rewrite the law Same-sex marriage and thruples! Tell me, Justice, now when did You last let your heart dec... More

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



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