Jamiroquai, everything’s on topic. Just keep it civil and classy. Earlier open threads archived here.
Sunday, February 26, 2023
Friday, February 24, 2023
Catholicism, CRT, and the spirit of the age
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Saturday, February 18, 2023
Pope Francis contra life imprisonment
has been sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. According to scripture, natural law theory, and traditional Catholic moral theology alike, he is worthy of death. It follows that this lesser penalty can hardly be unjust. However, it seems that Pope Francis would disapprove of it. For he has on many occasions condemned this sort of punishment as on a par with the death penalty, which he has also famously condemned. I discussed this neglected but problematic aspect of the pope’s teaching in a Catholic World Report article originally published in 2019, and he has since then made further statements along the same lines. Current events make the topic worth revisiting.
Posted by Edward Feser at 1:11 PM 73 comments:
Friday, February 10, 2023
The Faith Once for All Delivered
The Faith Once for All Delivered: Doctrinal Authority in Catholic Theology, edited by Fr. Kevin Flannery. Contributors include Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke (Foreword and Introduction), C. C. Pecknold, Christopher J. Malloy, Thomas Heinrich Stark, Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist., John M. Rist, Edward Feser, Eduardo Echeverria, Kevin L. Flannery, SJ, Robert Dodaro, OSA, John Finnis, Guy Mansini, OSB, and Robert Cardinal Sarah (Afterword). My essay for the volume is on the topic “Magisterium: The Teaching Authority of the Church.”
Posted by Edward Feser at 11:45 AM 54 comments:
Talking about All One in Christ
All One in Christ: A Catholic Critique of Racism and Critical Race Theory: Recently I was interviewed for the EDIFY Podcast on the topic “The Truth about Critical Race Theory.” You can listen to the interview here. I was also interviewed about the book by Deal Hudson for the Church and Culture radio show. You can listen to the episode here. Other reviews of and interviews about All One in Christ can be found here, here, here, here, and here.
Posted by Edward Feser at 11:07 AM 17 comments:
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
An anonymous saint?
Father Ed: The Story of Bill W.’s Spiritual Sponsor.
Posted by Edward Feser at 5:50 PM 44 comments:
Thursday, February 2, 2023
Avicenna on non-contradiction
We’ve been talking about the law of non-contradiction (LNC), which says that the statements p and not-p cannot both be true. (In symbolic notation: ~ (p • ~p) ) We briefly noted Aristotle’s view that skepticism about LNC cannot be made a coherent position. Let’s now consider a famous remark on the subject by the Islamic philosopher Avicenna or Ibn Sina (c. 970-1037). In The Metaphysics of the Healing, he says of such a skeptic:
As for the obstinate, he must be plunged into fire, since fire and non-fire are identical. Let him be beaten, since suffering and not suffering are the same. Let him be deprived of food and drink, since eating and drinking are identical to abstaining. (Quoted in the SEP article “Contradiction”)
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