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 |2019-04-11T12:45:40-05:00March 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 |2019-07-10T23:22:11-05:00February 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 |2019-06-11T16:09:36-05:00October 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 [...]

Anthropology and the Death of the Individual

By |2019-07-23T11:16:34-05:00October 19th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Death, Friedrich Nietzsche, History, Philosophy, St. Thomas Aquinas, Truth, Walker Percy|

Do you believe in a higher power, something that transcends the “human organism”? If this question is trivialized or ignored, we enter the very sound and soul of despair… Anthropology is the scientific study of human beings. Philosophy, literally translated, is the love of wisdom. Philosophical anthropology, then, is the scientific study of humans [...]

Thoughtful Theism: Redeeming Reason in an Irrational Age

By |2019-11-07T10:31:26-06:00October 14th, 2017|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Faith, Featured, Reason, St. Thomas Aquinas|

Contrary to conventional wisdom, this age’s crisis is not one of faith. If anything, there is plenty of faith around, in both good and bad things. What we lack is that which since the Middle Ages has been seen as a complement to faith: reason… Thoughtful Theism: Redeeming Reason in an Irrational Age by [...]

René Girard and the Common Good

By |2019-01-04T14:13:11-06:00August 25th, 2017|Categories: Books, Character, Christianity, Ethics, Featured, St. Thomas Aquinas|

The core of René Girard's thought seems to center around the fundamental conviction that mimetic desire is the desire for God... In a recent essay in this journal, Dr. Thaddeus Kozinski makes the bold claim that “the work of René Girard would not seem all that relevant to Thomists.... However, in my estimation, Girard’s thought [...]

C.S. Lewis and the Questioned Image

By |2019-08-06T17:19:39-05:00July 20th, 2017|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Imagination, Modernity, Order, Philosophy, Science, St. Thomas Aquinas|

It is hard, as a modern, to know the right questions to ask, to know when all questions fall silent in the presence of absolute Truth, of Revelation… In his final book, The Discarded Image, C.S. Lewis writes about the Mediaeval world view: “All the apparent contradictions must be harmonised. A Model must be built [...]

“Meeting of Minds”: Cleopatra, Aquinas, Paine, & Teddy Roosevelt

By |2020-08-21T15:52:17-05:00June 21st, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Audio/Video, Natural Law, St. Thomas Aquinas|

Join host Steve Allen as he welcomes Cleopatra, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Paine, and Theodore Roosevelt to a discussion of questions of enduring significance. Topics include the merits and evils of imperialism, the American Revolution, the possibility of nobility in war, certitude of religious doctrine, and the best form of government. Hear Cleopatra and Aquinas react [...]

On Debate and Existence

By |2019-04-04T11:22:41-05:00May 18th, 2017|Categories: Eric Voegelin, Ideology, Philosophy, Plato, Politics, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas|Tags: |

The speculations of classic and scholastic metaphysics are edifices of reason erected on the experiential basis of existence in truth. We cannot withdraw into these edifices and let the world go by, for in that case we would be remiss in our duty of “debate”… In our capacity as political scientists, historians, or philosophers [...]

Depth Versus Complexity

By |2018-11-21T08:38:43-06:00April 24th, 2017|Categories: Aristotle, E.B., Eva Brann, Great Books, Philosophy, Plato, St. John's College, St. Thomas Aquinas|

Entertaining questions requires wisdom, a considering, reflecting frame of a mind still resonating with past experience but now focused by desirous expectation. Otherwise put: Questions are a mode of blessed ignorance, a thorough apprehension of our own cognitive limitations which clears our minds of mere opinions and, while it prevents us from reaching for [...]

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