The Essays of Anthropology of Accord:
Religion, Men, and the Nations
Originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, this essay offers a deeper analysis of our global situation by examining it with an anthropology of man as both homo religiosus and homo politicus.
The Sacred and the Taboo
The Extraordinary Synod on the Family held in October 2014 brought together 191 bishops from across the world for frank discussion cum Petro and sub Petro (with and under Peter). In this essay, Dr. Pence reflects on the lessons from the synod - particularly the sexual confusion within the apostolic fraternity.
Religious Sociobiology: Catholic Men, the Queen Bee, and the Democratic Party
In this essay, Dr. Pence proposes a biological analogy surrounding a queen bee, the pheromones she releases, and the men of the Democratic party.
Sacral Order: How Sex Roles Protect Life
In this essay, Dr. Pence addresses the great generational error of American public life as the banishing of God as the primal social glue of the nation, and the deliberate inversion of the sexual protective order. Dr. Pence argues that the masculine communal association is necessary to correct the dangerous inversion.
The Maturation of Christian Manhood
President John F. Kennedy, America's first Catholic president, was a masculine liberal who understood that men of different religious creeds were bound by their civic duties against the common threat of armed atheism. He called men to this brotherhood of protective duty in nations large and small.
The Original Mission of Adam
Adam’s Fall has led many theologians to reduce the Divine Economy to Salvation History (saving man from his sin). A Brief reflection on the Original Mission of Adam expiating the “Fall before the Fall” of Satan allows us to better understand the new Adam, the apostolic fraternity of the priesthood and the role of nations in the Divine Economy.
The American Covenant: Brotherhood under God
If all men are to be born free and equal, men must secure their rights by forming a well-armed covenant with other men by which rights could be protected against tyrants, criminals, and unfettered passions. Our founding fathers made and enforced such a covenant.
Corpus Christi: Lessons from Nature and History
Dr. Pence writes on the feast of Corpus Christi, the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. He argues that this feast accentuates the real dispute at the heart of the Protestant reformation: the Catholic priesthood and the Eucharistic embodiment He then discusses the the Eucharist reflecting on the biology of the human species as both a multicellular and eusocial organism.
Getting the Universe Right
Our argument here is that to tell the good news of communion with Christ, we must also understand our contest with Satan. The physical universe is a sacramental expression of both communion and contest portrayed by “5 salient truths about the Earth’s place in the Universe”. Our proposition is that a hallmark of renewed Catholic education will be integrating the story of man and cosmology in a realistic synthesis that no materialist can match in depth, plausibility, or explanatory power.
The Solemnity of the Assumption: Purity on Earth and the Feminine in Heaven
Dr. Pence addresses the Dogma of the Assumption, the nature of the feminine, and the feminine interiority at the heart of God.
Reclaiming the Big Bang as the Story of Creation
This article by Dr Pence published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune April 25, 2014 affirms Creation by God as the best explanation of the 13.7 billion year old event known as the “Big Bang”. The Christian origins explaining this singular event must not be turned over to the materialists who mocked the theory from its inception.
Bonds of Brotherhood in All-Male Catholic Clergy
Pope Francis reminds readers of the patriarchal fraternity forming the ecclesial priestly lattice of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has unambiguously affirmed the masculine nature of the priesthood. This masculine orthopraxy of orthodoxy remains alien to the modern mind and the target of dissenters and criminals within the Church. Published in a secular newspaper, this robust depiction of patriarchy and fraternity is rarely seen in the Catholic diocesan press.
Protecting the Sacral Grounds of our Nation:
The Religious and Military Bonds of a Culture of Life
A Memorial Day address by Dr. Pence to a group of American men on May 30, 2009.
Natural Selection and Reproductive Success:
The Catholic Religion as a Culture of Life
In this essay Dr Pence describes the genius of Catholic culture organized for the protection and transmission of life in the midst of a dangerous and hostile physical universe. He uses the categories of anthropology and sociobiology to explain the intergenerational success of a celibate patriarchal fraternity protecting the fecundity of monogamy while sacramentally representing the interpersonal love of the Trinitarian God.
The Great Reformer: Pope Francis
In this book review, Dr. Pence examines Austen Ivereigh’s biography of Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis.
Sacred Selma is no Bridge to Sodom
Fifty years after the Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama, Dr. Pence reflects on the religious and fraternal nature of the Civil Rights Movement and rejects the linking of the movement to the feminist and homosexual agendas.
On Christopher Dawson's Judgment of the Nations
A review of Dawson's Judgment of the Nations. Dawson's grand brushstrokes of history as if God exists and Christ is its center.
Where are the Christian Nations?
As Christians face global persecution in general and Mideast persecution in particular, Dr. Pence questions the silence and inaction among the Christian nations of the world.
De Lubac: A Theology of Unity
A. Joseph Lynch writes on four major works of theologian Henri de Lubac to demonstrate de Lubac's overarching theme of unity.
The War on Terror: Redefining Friend and Foe
The War on Terror is a religious war with Salafist Sunni extremism. As in any war, allies and enemies must be clearly distinguished. Doing so now requires strategic realignment.
Book Review: From Plato to NATO
Guest writer A. Joseph Lynch reviews David Gress' work, From Plato to NATO. Gress argues that any story of "the West" which focuses only on Greece and Rome without reference to Christianity and the Germanic warrior is deeply flawed.