The Last Superstition

By Jon|May 3, 2012|Books, Catholicism, Education, Faith and Reason, Higher Education, Modern Philosophy, My PhD Comprehensive Exam Experiment, Philosophy, Theism/Atheism|

Some of you may have heard of the book by Edward Feser called “The Last Superstition”. If you have not read it, read it. It is definitely in my top 3 favorite books of all time. Why? I wish the book had been around earlier in my personal journey towards theism and Christianity because it provokes thoughts and analysis of our most unquestioned modern assumptions about the world around us.

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Old Higher Ed News

By Jon|May 1, 2012|Catholicism, Compromise/Dissent/Heresy, Education, Empirical Science, Faith and Reason, Higher Education, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Philosophy|

As referenced a few times before, it seems that the faith and reason that accompanies it is not being transmitted very well… It is already apparent that this is the case but now there are more numbers. From the Cardinal Newman Society: Study: College Age Students Losing Faith A new study coming out of Georgetown University reports that many in the younger generation known as “millenials” are abandoning orthodoxy at an

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Notre Dame’s Profs Band Against Bishop Jenky

By Jon|April 24, 2012|Compromise/Dissent/Heresy, Education, Higher Education|

It comes to our attention this morning that a number of professors at Notre dame (49) have signed a letter asking for Bishop Jenky to resign from the board of Trustees of the university following his controversial remarks (which have been seriously misportrayed). Cardinal Newman Society reports: 49 Notre Dame Professors, Staff Protest Alumnus and Board Member Bishop Jenky Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky preached during Sunday Mass last week that the

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On The Nature of True Liberty (4-6)

By Jon|April 16, 2012|Books, Catholicism, Education|

Here we continue our analysis of Libertas Praestantissimum, the relevant encyclical of Leo XIII in 1888. Read here the last (and first post), in which Leo XIII defines liberty and begins identifying the modern shift in its definition. Here follows the text: 4. As the Catholic Church declares in the strongest terms the simplicity, spirituality, and immortality of the soul, so with unequalled constancy and publicity she ever also asserts its

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Be Louder!! Online Social Activism

By Jon|April 16, 2012|Culture|

This morning I was reminded of the importance of using social media alongside blogging by the fine Thomas Peters over at CV.org. He makes an analysis of what Catholics need to do to be more effective online. My comments in blue. You read me right: Catholics are failing at online activism. Sure, if you’re reading this, you probably know a heck of a lot more than your average Catholic about online

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England: Humanists Try to Block Catholic School Founding

By Jon|April 16, 2012|Compromise/Dissent/Heresy, Education, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary|

I think many times we have the benevolent impression that we are given from humanists: “We want the best for mankind without worrying about an afterlife. Let's focus on improving the world now.” Now of course not all humanists are the same but in England, where they are more militant, I'm starting to think they are…  Two of the most central humanist principles are liberty and reason (usually in the

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San Diego: Not a Single Priest or Professor Would Join the Students in Prayer

By Jon|April 13, 2012|Catholicism, Compromise/Dissent/Heresy, Education, Higher Education, News Commentary|

We have some disappointing news from the Cardinal Newmans Society which continues to inform us on the sad state of Catholic higher education in many places in the United States:  Priest at USD: No Professor or Chaplain Was Willing to Pray with These Students The University of San Diego, a Catholic institution, hosted a drag show this week despite several protests and prayers from alumni, students, and even a local priest. In response, a

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PUCP Refuses to Comply

By Jon|April 11, 2012|Compromise/Dissent/Heresy, Education, Higher Education, News Commentary|

Peru's University still in a shuffle: Pontifical University In Peru Rejects Vatican Deadline (http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=24705) LIMA, PERU, April 10 (CNA/EWTN News) .- The Pontifical Catholic University of Peru says it refuses to comply with a Vatican deadline to reform its statutes until an unrelated legal dispute with the Archdiocese of Lima has been resolved. As 'of today there is no agreement on a comprehensive solution to the problems that exist,' the

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If you learn anything new all week…learn this. Faith in Science (Part III)

By test|February 24, 2012|Modern Philosophy, Philosophy, to be moved|

Learn these three words: Occasionalism  Conservationism   Concurrentism  These three words summarize the three main worldviews with regard to the relationship between God and the world…that is every perspective generally fits into one of the three. As a preface, ever since Aristotle was rejected in the “Enlightenment”, forms of the first and second views have become ever more popular in the western world. This change essentially manifests the polarization of faith and

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Blogging: Idle Gossip or Real Potential? (Blog Effect Part I)

By Jon|February 21, 2012|Culture|

It can be both. Today from the Cardinal Newman Society we see the effect that writing on the internet can have. My comments are in blue and emphasis in bold: Villanova Cancels Invitation to Radical Gay Rights Performer Who Blames Catholic Blogs Following a report by The Cardinal Newman Society, Villanova University, a Roman Catholic Augustinian University outside Philadelphia, has now cancelled the invitation to a militant gay rights performance artist who

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