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John P. Slattery

John holds a PhD in the History & Philosophy of Science and Systematic Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He works for the American Association for the Advancement of Science and lives in Washington, DC metro area.

A Catholic Case for Reparations

Every Roman Catholic in the United States should be unreservedly in favor of reparations to descendents of the Black men and women who were kidnapped from Africa and held in bondage for centuries. The Catholic Church and millions of Catholics were not only willing participants in the institution […]

Calling for Peace in a Time of War

I refuse to allow myself to accept the inevitability of war. As a historian and theologian, this requires work. People are drawn to war as moths to a flame, no matter their religious, ethical, or moral allegiances. Power creates fear, fear creates military might, military might promotes its […]

God or Caesar?

A Reflection on today’s Gospel, Mark 12:13-17.  Originally published this morning at FaithND. “Jesus said to them, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” And they were utterly amazed at him.”  Mk 12:17. What belongs to God? What belongs to Caesar? This […]

The Frailty of Easter

We humans are a short-lived species.  The average life-span in the United States hovers between 75 and 80.  The age of the earth, on the other hand, is around 4,500,000,000 years.  The age of the universe is around 13,800,000,000 years.  You and I inhabit just a small bit […]