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Does Theology Retard One’s Ability To Do Philosophy Well?
Pope Leo XIII wrote a marvelous encyclical, Aeterni Partis, which has to do with the restoration of Christian philosophy.
In it he responds to the objection that one’s commitment to theology hampers one’s ability to do philosophy well. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard people try to discredit St. Thomas Aquinas in this way: “Thomas... Read More
The Bedrock of the Spiritual Life
Lately I’ve been beginning my daily prayer in the following way. I imagine myself before God the Father. He asks, “who are you?” And I respond, “I am yours.”
This is the foundation of the spiritual life. We are his. He loves us. Not “us” like a blob of humanity. He loves you. You! Awkward, anxious, wounded, beautiful you. But you don’t... Read More
The Very Last Letter of St. Maximilian Kolbe
On the 15th of June, 1941—just under two months from his execution—St. Maximilian Kolbe wrote the following letter to his Mother from Auschwitz.
It’s the last letter preserved (by his Mother, Maria Kolbe) that came from his hand:
“My dearest Mom,
Towards the end of the month of May I reached the concentration camp of Auschwitz (Oswiecim) by rail convoy.
Everything... Read More
Responding to Transgenderism With Logic and Charity
In this article I will address the growing issue of transgenderism, give three examples of this crisis, and then conclude by suggesting three approaches to take when addressing proponents of this view.
Let me begin by summing it up in a nutshell (or a tweet—the 21st century equivalent):
“Men are men and women are not. Women are women and men are not” (Tweet, if you dare).
Now,... Read More
How Modern Neuroscience is Supporting Stein’s Account of Empathy
Edith Stein’s first major philosophical work, On the Problem of Empathy, raises some fascinating questions about how we know, not only that other minds exist, but that they, like me, are capable of various psychological states and experiences.
Emotional States of Others
The commonsensical view is that we know how others feel based on inference: I am aware... Read More
Was Jesus Just a Myth?: A Socratic Dialogue
These dialogues aren’t meant to cover every aspect of, or every objection to, each issue discussed. There’s more that could be said, obviously.
Instead, they’re meant to be a fun and intellectually stimulating introduction to Christian beliefs that can sometimes be hard to understand.
Also, I’ve tried to make it a reasonably fair exchange between AJ (the atheist)... Read More
God or Atheism: What To Do When You Can’t Decide
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Every now and then, especially after I’ve given a presentation on the existence of God, I’ll encounter someone who tells me that they’re struggling to believe that God exists. They want to believe that he does, but they find the arguments for his existence equal to the... Read More
What Happened to Headcoverings at Mass?
I got an email recently, the lady writing asked, “Can you point me towards a good reference for why women are no longer required to wear a head covering during mass?”
I thought I’d take the email I sent her and turn it into a blog. So, Here’s my answer.
Throughout history it has been common for women to wear head-coverings. This is something which has... Read More
What You Didn’t Know About The Good Thief
St. Dismas: The Good Thief.
The good thief, as he is commonly referred, is an unnamed character who appears in all four Gospels—though it’s his interaction with our Lord in the Gospel of Luke that’s made him famous.
Though he’s never been officially canonized by the Church, he is believed to be a saint by virtue of Christ’s words, ““Truly,... Read More
3 Reasons to Start Praying the Jesus Prayer
I recently bought a Orthodox prayer rope and have started praying the Jesus Prayer. I’ve been praying it every day for about a month now and through it am discovering a new-found intimacy with our Lord.
In this blog I will explain what the Jesus Prayer is and then offer 3 reasons you should consider incorporating it into your spiritual life.
The Jesus Prayer (sometimes... Read More
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