Thursday, February 25, 2021
Smith and divine eternity
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Tales from the links
Fr. John Naugle’s censored interview on the grave injustice of lockdowns. Spiked on the damage that lockdowns have inflicted on the working class. The BBC on the damage lockdowns have done to the education and mental health of children. A new study finds that the more severe lockdowns have had no significant benefits.
At PREVIEWSworld, Grant Geissman discusses his gargantuan new book The History of EC Comics. Mark Judge on EC Comics and the pulp takeover of American culture, at First Things.
Richard Marshall interviews philosopher Richard Swinburne at 3:16.
Friday, February 12, 2021
Can a Thomist reason to God a priori?
knowledge, as modern philosophers use the term, is knowledge that can be gained independently of sensory experience. Knowledge of mathematical and logical truths – 2 + 2 = 4, ~ (p • ~ p), etc. – provide the stock examples. Anselm’s ontological argument contrasts with arguments like Aquinas’s Five Ways by trying to reason to God’s existence in a manner that is a priori in this sense. Aquinas begins with empirical premises (about the reality of change, the existence of causal chains in nature, etc.) and reasons to God as the cause of the facts described in the premises. Anselm’s argument, by contrast, begins with a definition of God as the greatest conceivable being and an axiom to the effect that what exists in reality is greater than what exists in thought alone, and reasons to God’s existence as the logical implication of these a priori premises.
Saturday, February 6, 2021
What is religion?
religion, n. 1. the sum of truths and duties binding man to God. 2. personal belief and worship in relation to God. Religion includes creed, cult, and code.
By “creed,” what Wuellner has in mind is a system of doctrine. A “cult,” in this context, has to do with a system of rituals of the kind associated with worship and the like. The “code” referred to has to do with a system of moral principles. So, the definition is telling us that doctrines, rituals, and moral principles are among the key elements of religion.