October 21, 2012 § Leave a comment


Originally published by Catholic Men’s Quarterly.

We called it the Wheatstone House because it was on Wheatstone Drive.  Graduate students in economics at George Mason lived there and had long discussions late into the night.  We did this for four years almost every night.  Every subject under the sun was covered from physics, architecture, music, history, and health, but most of all theology and political economy, of which economics is a subset.  No subject was too far-fetched to be entertained, and no idea was off-limits, although some were obviously better than others.

The search for truth was the goal, and these discussions ran very deep.  So deep that a number of people actually had religious conversions: one from Pentecostalism to Atheism, two from Atheism to Catholicism, one a revert to Catholicism from Protestantism (me), and two from Evangelical Protestantism to Reformed Calvinism (one of whom later converted to high…

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