St. Thomas Aquinas

The Enchanted Cosmos With Thomas Aquinas

By |2019-06-08T22:59:30-06:00June 8th, 2019|Categories: Education, Paul Krause, Philosophy, Senior Contributors, St. Thomas Aquinas|

Thomas Aquinas’ cosmology and doctrine of the soul are vitalistic. Everything has a particular soul to it, and these souls have particular life-forces destined for particular ends. As a whole, the cosmos is meant to reflect and embody the graces of God: his beauty, love, and goodness. Such is to what all things are [...]

Why America Needs Thomas Aquinas Now

By |2019-11-14T13:11:58-06:00February 9th, 2019|Categories: Aristotle, Catholicism, Christianity, St. Thomas Aquinas, Theology|

Who can save us amid our current intellectual messiness? I would offer Aquinas. His philosophy doesn’t get as much attention as other philosophers, but it was he who synthesized the ancient Greek into a unified Western philosophical system that will stand the test of time... The 2016 data breach of the personal Gmail account of [...]

Death to the Death Penalty? René Girard’s Challenge to Thomas Aquinas

By |2018-11-23T23:38:59-06:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Death, Justice, St. Thomas Aquinas|

Is acceptance of the death penalty contrary to the modern understanding of the dignity of the human person? The anthropology of René Girard allows for a rereading of Thomas Aquinas’ defense of capital punishment... The Catholic Church’s recent definitive revocation of the death penalty[1] suggests that something in the zeitgeist demands a rethinking of one [...]

Virtue and the City

By |2019-02-18T02:41:53-06:00November 18th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Cicero, Featured, Great Books, Paul Krause, Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Politics, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Timeless Essays|

Virtue is what the good city aims to achieve as part of the common good. Since humans are social animals and creatures of actions, the call to cultivate virtue within civil society is a fundamental aspect of the good society and the good regime... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the [...]

What Did Thomas Aquinas Say About Citizenship & Immigration?

By |2019-06-27T12:47:34-06:00July 20th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Catholicism, Immigration, Politics, St. Thomas Aquinas|

The danger today is not that too many are selectively and dishonestly quoting Thomas Aquinas to advance their own political agenda in ways that are unfaithful to his beliefs and intentions. The real point is that Christians have fallen into an appalling habit of censoring the very voices from the past that should be [...]

Mending Walls: Why Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

By |2019-03-05T14:53:05-06:00July 8th, 2018|Categories: Civil Society, Community, Immigration, John Horvat, Robert Frost, St. Thomas Aquinas|

The liberal rage against the border wall has much to do with the nature of boundaries. Walls, borders, and fences are manifestations of restraint. Fallen humanity naturally resists the restraints of order that keep the unbridled passions under control. Walls are needed to keep the peace… “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,” [...]

The Right Idea: How West & East Seek the True, Good, & Beautiful

By |2019-07-10T23:21:43-06:00July 6th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Beauty, Ethics, George Stanciu, Intelligence, St. Thomas Aquinas, Truth|

Except for mystics, the goal of Western philosophers and theologians has been to find the right ideas, whereas Eastern thinkers seek the direct grasping of the first principles and the inner essences of natural things. I wish to suggest that the Western and Eastern paths to the true, the good, and the beautiful can be [...]

The Harrowing of Hell

By |2018-03-26T00:25:26-06:00March 30th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Gospel Reflection, Hope, St. Thomas Aquinas|

Christ descended into hell to deliver His loved ones from their exile. He came to reward those who, from our first father, Adam, to His own foster-father, St. Joseph, had fought the good fight and had finished the race… The second reading from the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday is taken from an ancient homily on [...]

The​ ​Shattered​ ​Image of the Thirteenth Century​

By |2019-03-07T10:46:13-06:00March 17th, 2018|Categories: Art, Christianity, Culture, History, Science, St. Thomas Aquinas|

We did not discard most of the image of reality from the Middle Ages. The lovely whole image was smashed like stained glass under the hammer of zealots, but later people recovered fragments and used them to create the world in which we live… C.S. Lewis wrote a book of profound scholarship, The Discarded [...]

The Orientation of Man

By |2019-04-11T12:45:40-06:00March 10th, 2018|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Featured, Glenn Arbery, Joseph Pearce, St. Thomas Aquinas|

The concept of bearings and distances, or the orientation of man, was understood with illuminating lucidity by St. Thomas Aquinas. The ability to see anything clearly, he tells us, is connected to the presence or absence of humility. If we have humility, our eyes are opened to the presence of wonder… Bearings & Distances by [...]

The Emotions: A Primer

By |2019-07-10T23:22:11-06:00February 19th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Featured, George Stanciu, Great Books, Love, St. Augustine, St. John's College, St. Thomas Aquinas|

Although the potential range of emotional experience is essentially the same in all human beings, each culture exhibits its own patterns, inculcating certain feelings while discouraging others, promoting either expression or restraint, and defining variously the place of the emotions in everyday life… Americans believe that every person’s interior life is unique; consequently, an [...]

The Three Big Questions

By |2019-11-21T11:13:18-06:00November 18th, 2017|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Aristotle, Art, Civil Society, Community, Culture, George Stanciu, Modernity, Religion, Science, St. Thomas Aquinas|

Members of democratic nations, especially Americans, have almost unlimited personal freedom because the constraints of class, local communities, and family have been greatly weakened. But we are also free to choose to step off the consumer treadmill, refuse to seek material success for us alone, and attempt to serve others, materially, emotionally, and spiritually… [...]

Virtue and the City

By |2019-06-11T16:09:36-06:00October 26th, 2017|Categories: Cicero, Featured, Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Politics, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Virtue|

To attain virtue in solitude defeats the communitarian instincts of human nature. The avenue of politics is one of the mediums by which moral excellence can, and should, be practiced—for there are tremendous benefits wrought to the rest of society as a result… “We see that every city is some sort of community, and [...]