St. Thomas Aquinas

Anthropology and the Death of the Individual

By |2019-07-23T11:16:34-06:00October 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 |2019-08-06T17:19:39-06:00July 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 |2019-11-14T14:57:17-06:00June 21st, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Audio/Video, Natural Law, St. Thomas Aquinas|

Editor's Note: 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 [...]

On Debate and Existence

By |2019-04-04T11:22:41-06:00May 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 [...]

The “Pro-Choice” Delusion

By |2017-04-12T21:13:05-06:00April 12th, 2017|Categories: Barack Obama, Catholicism, Culture War, St. Thomas Aquinas, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

Our moral duty to protect innocent life is the bedrock of civilization and the founding principle of this Great American Experiment... The root of the despotism of this age is clearly the corruption and abuse of language. The mind-molders in the ivory towers falsely insist that language is man-made and so invented for personal and subjective use. [...]

Lessons from Thomas Aquinas for President Trump

By |2017-03-31T00:05:33-06:00February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Donald Trump, Featured, Immigration, Joseph Pearce, St. Thomas Aquinas|

What would Thomas Aquinas, in his wisdom, say about President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim countries, in terms of its justness and conformity to right reason?... I am grateful to The Imaginative Conservative for publishing Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s reasoned defence of President Trump’s executive order placing a ninety day moratorium on [...]

The Political Relevance of St. Augustine

By |2016-08-03T10:35:57-06:00July 24th, 2016|Categories: Aristotle, Christendom, Christianity, Politics, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join John P. East as he advocates the virtues of Augustinianism. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher It is surprising that contemporary political thinking has paid relatively scant attention to St. Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo. It may be true, as some say, that [...]

Finding Happiness in Our Cell Phones?

By |2019-09-25T15:57:51-06:00May 21st, 2016|Categories: Aristotle, Christianity, Culture, Featured, Happiness, St. Thomas Aquinas|

It’s called FOMO: that sneaking Fear Of Missing Out on the experience that will make us feel happy and fulfilled—what Aristotle calls “human flourishing.” It comes from a belief that happiness comes from something we do, and social media exacerbate our fears, because when we see other people accomplish, experience, or achieve something we [...]

Men of Valor: Tacitus and Thomas Aquinas on Virtue

By |2019-10-24T12:18:48-06:00May 19th, 2016|Categories: Aristotle, Christopher Morrissey, Featured, Film, St. Thomas Aquinas, Virtue|

In valor, there is hope. —Tacitus When it played in the movie theaters, the terrific movie Act of Valor (2012) earned notoriety for two reasons. First of all, for its casting it used real-life warriors instead of some Hollywood actors. This lent a certain unusual authenticity to the dramatic enactment, even if the acting [...]