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The Doctrinal Development of Islam

June 10, AD2018 0 Comments
The Doctrinal Development of Islam

Not unlike the history of doctrinal development in the Catholic Church, the possibility of doctrinal development within the Islam has been studied, discussed and whether or not such development remained consistent with Islamic teachings. regarding some assertions of philosophy which, to some, appeared to contradict Islamic teachings. Islam Various Islamic thinkers assert that there can […]

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Why Sex Belongs in Marriage

February 14, AD2018 6 Comments
Why Sex Belongs in Marriage

Sex is great and belongs in marriage. Yet, when it comes to sex, Catholics often get a bad rap. Many people look at our beliefs about sex, specifically our belief that it should be reserved for marriage, and conclude that we are simply puritans who think it’s dirty and needs to be limited as much […]

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The Innovative Philosophy of the New Atheism

January 22, AD2018 2 Comments
The Innovative Philosophy of the New Atheism

I propose to give the New Atheists, and specifically Richard Dawkins, a fair shake by elucidating the innovative philosophy implicit in the New Atheism and specifically in Richard Dawkins’ writings. Typical Assessment of the New Atheism According to its critics, the New Atheism fails to present any philosophical innovation. That explains why Edward Feser in […]

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The Things That Last

November 12, AD2017 0 Comments
The Things That Last

This column is the first in a three part series concerning ethics, human happiness, and their connection to “the things that last.” Searching for a Lasting Foundation Ethical inquiry can be summed up into two basic questions: “What is the right[i] thing to do and how do I accomplish it?” We can see from these […]

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A Matter of a Universe That Matters: Why I Am a Christian

May 30, AD2017 2 Comments
A Matter of a Universe That Matters: Why I Am a Christian

“Always be ready,” Scripture tells us, “to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). Here is my defense for my hope in Christ, and it comes down to this: either we exist for a larger purpose or we don’t. There are […]

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Athens Comes to Greet Jerusalem: Substantial Change and Material Creation

May 15, AD2017 0 Comments
Athens Comes to Greet Jerusalem: Substantial Change and Material Creation

As Catholics, we believe that God revealed himself gradually to his chosen people, the Jews, and completed this Divine revelation in the Jewish Messiah, the Christ our Lord. We believe that Jesus Christ established the Catholic Church to transmit that revelation to all people through all generations. The revelation was not only knowledge but also […]

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Augustine and Descartes: From Self to God

August 1, AD2016 8 Comments
Augustine and Descartes: From Self to God

Rene Descartes is known for the most well-known quote in all of philosophy, “Cogito, ergo sum” – I think, therefore I am. Apparently, when he wrote this in the 17th century he was unaware that over ten centuries before St. Augustine had made the same point. Rene’s friends let him know about the work of […]

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Mirrors Darkly

April 11, AD2016 13 Comments
Mirrors Darkly

Truth Truth is what is. Truth is the real. We error-prone and sometimes reality-denying human beings have the truth when what we think about corresponds to what is real. So for us, truth is the correspondence of mind to reality. We would like to know things for sure. How can we be confident? Thomas Aquinas […]

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A Thinker, A Man Of Faith

April 2, AD2016 3 Comments
A Thinker, A Man Of Faith

There is a famous thinker whose works have been condemned, whose books, in the past, were prohibited by the Catholic Church, and who has been accused of atheism. He was a philosopher, scientist, mathematician, and theologian. However, it appears that a fair reading of his words – all of them – proves that he was, […]

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Where is Truth?

March 14, AD2016 3 Comments
Where is Truth?

In a recent column, I discussed the definition of truth as “what is.” Truth is the equation of thought and thing. It is the conformity of a person’s mind and reality. But where is truth to be found? Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft sums up the greatest Catholic thinker, Thomas Aquinas, on this question. According to […]

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The Natural Desire for God

February 8, AD2016 12 Comments
The Natural Desire for God

Hunger to know St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that we have a natural desire for God. This desire has its origin in our intellects, so it is not like the bodily desire for food or drink or the desire to flee from harm or lash out at someone who angers us. It is more like the […]

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Addressing the Problem of Evil with Hope

March 10, AD2015 6 Comments
Addressing the Problem of Evil with Hope

When considering Christianity, many question how evil occurs with a good and powerful God. Philosopher David Hume even used this issue in an attempt to prove that God could not exist. According to Hume, an all-good God would stop evil while an all-powerful one could stop it: “If God is perfectly benevolent and also omnipotent, […]

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Just the Moral Facts, Ma’am

March 6, AD2015 2 Comments
Just the Moral Facts, Ma’am

As I write this article, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is giving some young cyberpunks a much-needed lesson in moral facts. Here’s the story: Last week, Schilling’s daughter Gabrielle was accepted by Salve Regina University on a baseball scholarship. (According to Wikipedia, Schilling is a “born-again Christian”.) As proud daddies want to do in […]

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Is God Controlled by Logic?

February 6, AD2015 13 Comments
Is God Controlled by Logic?

Christians agree that God is omnipotent and sovereign, meaning that He is able to do all things. The Nicene Creed proclaims faith in “one God, the Father almighty.” However, what does that complete power truly mean? According to Dictionary.com, omnipotent means “infinite in power” and “having very great or unlimited authority.” Can God then do anything […]

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Autonomy Gone Wild!

October 14, AD2013 6 Comments
Autonomy Gone Wild!

In this modern era, all faithfully Christian people run up against a concept that is often hard to overcome and not always a conscious part of the conversation when talking with non-religious, ex-religious, or the confused person who claims to be religious but is really modern in his beliefs. This concept often goes unnoticed unless […]

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