John Locke on “The Reasonableness of Christianity”

By |2019-03-15T20:59:46-05:00March 14th, 2019|

A primary theme that runs throughout The Reasonableness of Christianity is John Locke’s belief that men who attempt to understand natural law and morality through their faculty of reason alone often fail at their task. But why is it that reason alone, also according to Locke, can explain Revelation? The question this essay poses might seem somewhat [...]

Salvation and Sufficiency: A Lesson from Statistics

By |2019-02-09T21:25:30-05:00February 9th, 2019|

In the world of statistics, sufficiency plays an important role in estimation. But what about sufficiency in other aspects of our lives? What about God? What about my eternal destiny? What is sufficient, here and now, to know all that I can know about my purpose in this world and my fate when my time [...]

Why America Needs Thomas Aquinas Now

By |2019-02-09T21:12:05-05:00February 9th, 2019|

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 [...]

Political Illiteracy: Jim Wallis and “God’s Politics”

By |2019-01-25T22:36:47-05:00January 25th, 2019|

Jim Wallis is an intelligent and sincere person, someone worth listening to on serious subjects. But he appears to be politically illiterate. There is simply no engagement with serious conservative political writers—no hint that he knows such people even exist. This is typical of many intelligent and well-informed people on the Left... One of my [...]

The Incarnation of Truth and Love

By |2018-12-21T15:55:51-05:00December 15th, 2018|

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” The gospel of St. John is the most poetic of the gospels and contains the highest Christology of the gospel accounts of Jesus Christ. Some scholars see a division of the work in thematic groups—the book of [...]

God’s Gamble: Gethsemane, Free Will, & the Fate of Man

By |2018-11-25T00:33:14-05:00November 24th, 2018|

Did God gamble everything in the Garden of Gethsemane, the second Adam facing a real, existential, and eternal choice of going through with the Father’s will or backing away from it? God’s Gamble: The Gravitational Power of  Crucified Love, by Gil Bailie (384 pages, Angelico Press, 2016) Few thinkers have stormed the post modern [...]

What We Know About Evil, Hell, and Final Damnation

By |2018-10-28T02:47:51-05:00October 27th, 2018|

Present in all love is the love that God has for each of His creatures. In loving our neighbor, even the worst sinner, we love what God loves in him. But God’s love for us includes a final judgment about our lives... “Hell is the place God created for the angels who rebelled against him. [...]

Death and Blind Hopes

By |2018-10-24T13:01:20-05:00October 23rd, 2018|

Because of intense fear, we refuse to acknowledge that nothing in this world is permanent, that everything perishes, that soon we will be no more. Lodged within every human heart is the blind hope that death comes to others, not to us... Prometheus was the one Olympian god to rebel against Zeus’ plan to wipe [...]

Evolution of Desire: A Life of René Girard

By |2018-07-14T22:34:22-05:00July 14th, 2018|

René Girard gave the intellectual universe a way of seeing old truths in a new way and new truths through an old lens. As a result, his work has already been hugely influential in a range of disciplines, both academic and cultural… Evolution of Desire: A Life of René Girard by Cynthia L. Haven [...]

Augustine’s “Confessions” Unpacked

By |2018-12-09T08:42:02-05:00June 9th, 2018|

Augustine’s Confessions is first and foremost a prayer to God. Indeed, unless we read it as a prayer, we will not understand it; we will only study it… I Burned for Your Peace: Augustine’s Confessions Unpacked, by Peter Kreeft (240 pages, Ignatius Press, 2016) Back in 1990, I had the rare privilege of teaching [...]

What Does the Koran Really Say?

By |2019-03-11T15:32:08-05:00January 27th, 2018|

No good Muslim, unless he is trying to deceive us, has any doubt that Allah is exactly as he is described in the Koran... Most people know that the Quran (Qur’an, Koran) is the holy book of the Muslim religion, hence of about a fifth of the world’s population. But knowing this much, we still must [...]

The Death of Theology

By |2019-03-19T11:11:38-05:00December 2nd, 2017|

The fact is that theology—real theology, the study of God—which should be foundational in church liturgy and in far more sermons than it is today, has lost its popularity, replaced by an emphasis on evangelism... In the human quest for beauty, goodness, and truth, theology has taken a back seat. Our modern church buildings, both [...]

The Secret Battle of Ideas About God

By |2019-03-11T14:25:50-05:00November 3rd, 2017|

The Secret Battle of Ideas about God asks five simple questions that cut to the heart of what it means to be human: Am I loved? Why do I hurt? Does my life have meaning? Why can’t we just get along? Is there any hope for the world?… The Secret Battle of Ideas about God: Overcoming [...]

How Can We Fix the Liturgy?

By |2017-09-02T22:08:48-05:00September 2nd, 2017|

Mass is not supposed to make me comfortable—it’s supposed to make me more holy… After thirty-five years as a liturgical musician, it’s amazing how little I really know about the liturgical music of the Roman Rite. Then again, what should I expect when my earliest memories of music at Mass tend to involve now-forgotten attempts to [...]