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  • People Don't Write That Way Anymore [Freeper-run magazine article]

    02/07/2005 12:27:33 PM PST · by Antoninus · 39 replies · 949+ views
    The Tarpeian Rock ^ | February 2005 | Claudio R. Salvucci
        Tastes and interests change in literature. Different themes, different styles, indeed whole different genres come in and out of being depending on the spirit of the age.     Nevertheless, there is something to be said for a “classical” style—not in a restricted sense as the style of Greco-Roman antiquity, nor any later genre which took inspiration from it—but rather a super-cultural literary style that rises up above its own genre and belongs as much to the ages as its own time period.     This is the old concept of the “Republic of Letters”—a community not of time and space...
  • [Today is] The Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

    01/28/2005 10:02:56 AM PST · by sionnsar · 12 replies · 241+ views
    Meam Commemorationem ^ | 1/28/2005 | Jeff
    Saint Thomas Aquinas, a Dominican theologian, was born Thomas d'Aquino, the son of a baron, in his family's castle at Roccasecca, central Italy, in 1224 or 1225. At about the age of five, Thomas was placed by his parents in the Benedictine monastery at Monte Cassino. His uncle had been abbot of the monastery, and his family had similar ambitions for Thomas. When Monte Cassino became the scene of a battle between papal and imperial troops, however, Thomas withdrew and enrolled at the University of Naples in November of 1239, where he stayed until April of 1244. There he...
  • R.C. SPROUL: Willing to Believe [The Door Interview]

    12/17/2004 12:50:41 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies · 509+ views
    The Door Magazine ^ | Issue 161, Nov/Dec 1998 | Arsenio Orteza
    When it comes to historic Protestant orthodoxy, few late-20th-century writers have done as much to defend the faith as Dr. R.C. Sproul. In some quarters, the very mention of his name is enough to send Arminians, Papists, Fundamentalists, and bibliophobes running for cover. Not, however, at The Door. When we first interviewed Dr. Sproul in the early `80s, we made such a big deal of the fact that he had just abandoned his "wet-look" hairstyle for a much poofier, blow-dried do that now when we feel a rush of Sproul-awe coming on, we just look at an old Vitalis-era...
  • On Plato, the Early Church, and Modern Science: An Eclectic Meditation

    11/30/2004 6:21:11 PM PST · by betty boop · 934 replies · 11,089+ views
    November 30, 2004 | Jean F. Drew
    On Plato, the Early Church, and Modern Science: An Eclectic Meditation By Jean F. Drew God, purposing to make the universe most nearly like the every way perfect and fairest of intelligible beings, created one visible living being, containing within itself all living beings of the same natural order. Thus does Plato (d. 347 B.C.) succinctly describe how all that exists is ultimately a single, living organism. At Timaeus20, he goes on to say: “There exists: first, the unchanging form, uncreated and indestructible, admitting no modification and entering no combination … second, that which bears the same name as the...
  • The Purpose of the Sword: A review of Just War Against Terror: The Burden of American Power(edit)

    10/06/2004 1:29:59 AM PDT · by Stoat · 2 replies · 333+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | October 5, 2004 | James V. Schall
    The Purpose of the Sword A review of Just War Against Terror: The Burden of American Power in a Violent World, by Jean Bethke Elshtain All Christian writing on war leads back through Aquinas and Augustine to Paul's famous remark in Romans (13, 4) that all power is from God, that the Emperor "beareth not the sword in vain." We can reach pretty much the same conclusion in Aristotle who tells us that coercion is added to the law when it (the law) is not in public being observed by those with disordered souls (1180a22). Augustine saw no problem...
  • "The sin of Sodom was inhospitality"

    05/15/2004 9:00:00 AM PDT · by AskStPhilomena · 25 replies · 209+ views
    TraditionInAction ^ | 14th May 2004 | Gary Morella
    Once at a School Board meeting I heard something that, as a Roman Catholic, I found to be so totally preposterous that I could not believe someone calling himself "Catholic" could be capable of making such a statement. The person claiming to be a Catholic told the Board and the Community that “the sin of Sodom was inhospitality," that Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Theologica challenged natural law arguments, and said that "homosexuality was natural, not unnatural” and that “homosexuality among animals is natural, not unnatural." Doesn't it strike anyone as a little odd that God would nuke a city...
  • Aquinas as Relevant as Ever, Says Cardinal Grocholewski(Guide for Harmony Between Faith and Reason)

    09/22/2003 4:36:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 193+ views
    Zenit ^ | 2003-09-22
    Calls Him a Sure Guide for Harmony Between Faith and Reason ROME, SEPT. 22, 2003 ( In the era of relativism, St. Thomas Aquinas is more relevant than ever for his proposal for dialogue between faith and reason, a Vatican official says. Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, the prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, made that observation Sunday at the opening of an International Thomist Congress. "The Angelic Doctor is the apostle of truth, the sure guide for harmony between faith and reason," said the cardinal, who stressed the need to "integrate the Thomist challenge in evangelization." After criticizing "humanisms that...
  • Answer to a Prayer (Article on Conservative Catholic Colleges)

    09/09/2003 7:45:18 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 39 replies · 1,450+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 9/9/2003 | Julia Durin
    <p>YPSILANTI, Mich. The new face of Roman Catholic higher education looks like Sean McNally, who is majoring in European history and literature at tiny Ave Maria College here.</p> <p>Mr. McNally, 19, lives in Gabriel Hall, a residence for young men considering the priesthood. He regards himself as far more conservative than most of his elders.</p>
  • Is Football a Sin? (Author says "yes" because Christians shouldn't try to triumph over others)

    02/03/2003 8:09:40 AM PST · by mountaineer · 101 replies · 513+ views
    press release ^ | unkn | Pangaeus press
    DALLAS--In the wake of Superbowl XXXVII, there’s the pain of loss, the agony of post-game quarterbacking But the toughest fact to confront on Superbowl Monday may be that the whole business of sport is really a sin, from the Christian point of view, says Kevin Orlin Johnson, Ph.D., author of many best-selling books on Christian beliefs and practices. In his Rosary: Mysteries, Meditations, and the Telling of the Beads--hailed by National Review’s literary editor Michael Potemra as "the best book I have yet seen on this subject"--Johnson reveals the surprising history of sport to clarify the story of Christ’s "Agony...
  • A Hymn By St. Thomas Aquinas - Pange, Lingua, Gloriosi (Acclaim, My Tongue, This Mystery)

    01/28/2003 8:39:22 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 13 replies · 410+ views
    The Aquinas Prayer Book - Sophia Institute Press | n/a | St. Thomas Aquinas
    (Latin) Pange, lingua, gloriosi Corporis mysterium Sanguinisque pretiosi, Quem in mundi pretium, Fructus ventris generosi, Rex effudit gentium. Nobis datus, nobis natus Ex intacta Virgine, Et in mundo conversatus, Sparso verbi semine Sui moras incolatus Miro clausit ordine. In supremae nocte coenae Recumbens cum fratribus, Observata lege plene Cibis in legalibus, Cibum turbae duodenae Se dat suis manibus Verbum caro panem verum Verbo carnem efficit; Fit sanguis Christi merum. Et si sensus deficit, Ad firmandum cor sincerum Sola fides sufficit. Tantum ergo sacramentum Venereumur cernui. Et antiquum documentum Novo cedat ritui. Praestet fides supplementum Sensuum defectui. Genitori genitoque Laus et...
  • January 28 - Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas - Pope John Paul II on the Angelic Doctor

    01/28/2003 7:46:46 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 11 replies · 468+ views
    Prayers and Devotions: 365 Daily Meditations - Viking Press, 1997 | unknown | Pope John Paul II
    January 28 The Genius of St. Thomas Aquinas His realistic and historical method, a fundamentally optimistic and open-minded one, not only makes St. Thomas Aquinas Doctor Communis Ecclesiae, "Common Doctor of the Church," as Paul VI called him... but also makes him Doctor Humanitatis, because he was always prompt and disposed to receive the human values of all cultures. The Angelic Doctor, Thomas, may well affirm, "Veritas inseipsa fortis es et nulla impugnatione convellitur - Truth is strong in itself, and no assault weakens it." Truth, like Jesus Christ, may always be denied, persecuted, combated, wounded, martyred, and crucified; but...
  • Why Natural Law is Making a Comeback

    01/10/2003 7:41:35 AM PST · by Maximilian · 29 replies · 1,048+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12-20-99 | J. Budziszewski
    Natural Born Lawyers by J. Budziszewski The Weekly Standard - 12-20-99 It is thought rude these days to say so, but there are some moral truths that we all really know—truths a normal human being is unable not to know. They are a universal possession and an emblem of the rational mind. This doesn’t mean that we know them with unfailing clarity or that we have reasoned out their implications. Nor does it mean that we never pretend not to know them or that we never lose our nerve when told they aren’t true. Yet, such as it is, our...
  • On Debate and Existence: Excerpts from Voegelin

    12/08/2002 12:25:26 PM PST · by betty boop · 199 replies · 1,366+ views
    In our capacity as political scientists, historians, or philosophers we all have had occasion at one time or another to engage in debate with ideologists – whether communists or intellectuals of a persuasion closer to home. And we have all discovered on such occasions that no agreement, or even an honest disagreement, could be reached, because the exchange of argument was disturbed by a profound difference of attitude with regard to all fundamental questions of human existence – with regard to the nature of man, to his place in the world, to his place in society and history, to his...
  • Jump Starting the Enlightenment

    06/10/2002 1:07:28 PM PDT · by cornelis · 14 replies · 611+ views
    First Things ^ | May 2002 | Edward T. Oakes reviews Jonathan Israel
    Enlightenment–bashing, it would seem, is “in.” If anything could unite the discordant voices inside the cacophony of postmodern “discourse,” it must surely be the almost unanimously acknowledged thesis that the Enlightenment project has exhausted itself. What earlier intellectual historians had so smugly called the “triumph of reason” over obscurantist dogma is now looked on as in reality an imperious (and imperial) Will to Power. Reason’s claim to universality is now regarded as just a cover for Europe’s colonial outreach, the velvet glove of reasonability cloaking the iron fist of its aggressive, hegemonic domination of the rest of the globe....
  • Goldblatt on Polkinghorne, The Coin Toss, and The Monte Carlo Fallacy

    03/29/2002 7:39:58 AM PST · by cornelis · 17 replies · 507+ views
    NRO excerpt ^ | Mark Goldblatt
    . . . . here's a thought experiment: Suppose I toss a coin in the air. The odds are exactly equal it will land heads or tails. Suppose, then, it lands heads. If I toss the coin again, do the odds change? No, the fact that the coin landed heads the first toss has no effect on the second — the name given the superstition that the first toss affects the second is "The Monte Carlo Fallacy." Even in the unlikely event that the coin turned up heads twelve times in a row, on the thirteenth toss the odds...