Whether St. Thomas is Boring? By: Br. Raymund Snyder, O.P.

By test|October 18, 2013|Philosophy, to be moved|

People often criticize St. Thomas Aquinas for being “boring.” Today, on the feast of the Angelic Doctor, I offer this light-hearted reflection… from a great Domincan Blog found below: Whether Thomas Aquinas is fittingly called boring? Objection 1: It would seem that Thomas Aquinas is fittingly called boring. The works of Thomas are composed of impersonal statements and arguments, which are boring. Now, every agent acts in accordance with its

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Evolution of Science in 200 Words

By test|June 4, 2013|Philosophy, to be moved|

The word science has a different meaning today than it did 100, 500 and 2500 years ago where in each case an alternative meaning for the word has become primary. The greeks found philosophy circa 500 BC using the word ἐπιστήμη/episteme (Greek) defined: Knowledge. (any justified true belief).   (1) logically includes the body of empirically verified knowledge and a separate definition is not needed.    The Renaissance adds a secondary meaning in academia circa 1500

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Discoverer of “God Particle” calls Dawkins an Embarrassment

By Jon|January 10, 2013|Empirical Science, News Commentary, Theism/Atheism|

The Guardian has reported that Peter Higgs, the particle physicist claiming the existence of the Higgs Boson, the so called ‘God particle’ which most claim supposedly explains away anything related to the supernatural, has stated in no uncertain terms that Richard Dawkins as an embarrassment [to the scientific community] for his fundamentalist attacks on religion: “What Dawkins does too often is to concentrate his attack on fundamentalists. But there are many believers who are

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What Do I Do for Serra?

By test|September 10, 2012|Personal, to be moved|

In the latest edition of Serra Connects I have written a bit more about what my position at Serra International consists of. I have copied it below. Serra’s Third Objective and the Internet In 1934, four Catholic businessmen, Harold Haberle, Daniel Rooney, Leo Sharkey and Richard Ward would begin what was to become known as Serra International or more recently as “Serra”. They organized weekly luncheon meetings for professional men

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Tip of the Iceberg CNA Article on Science and Faith

By Jon|August 27, 2012|Education, Empirical Science, Enlightenment, Faith and Reason, Philosophy|

How do we know there is no contradiction between biology and belief in God? Certainly not by the methods of science. Its called logic… Scientists: No Contradiction Between Evolutionary Biology And Belief In God RIMINI, ITALY, August 24 (CNA) .- Evolutionary biology and faith in God are not incompatible, two professors asserted at the international Rimini Meeting, an event that brings hundreds of thousands of people to Italy.“A proper understanding

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The Polarizing of Faith and Reason In A Few Quotes

By Jon|July 9, 2012|Culture, Education, Enlightenment, Faith and Reason, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy, Resources|

In the so-called “Enlightenment” the classical view of the world was DIVIDED. Two main movements formed which fed off of each other, leaving us with the intense debate we have today: Fideism (Faith) “Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.”  ―  Martin Luther  Empiricism (Science) (and similar “post metaphysical” theories) “If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does

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Important: Humanists Want Monopoly on the Word: “Reason”

By Jon|June 8, 2012|Education, Enlightenment, Higher Education, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Religion, Theism/Atheism|

I've decided that I will start an organization here in Chicago that will promote….Veracity and Correctness! This organization will hand out flyers to people on the importance of being Correct in what you say and organize events to criticize those who aren't Correct as not belonging to the organization I just started!  Well, this simple branding and marketing of a philosophy is essentially what has been going on since the 'enlightenment' (circa 1700)

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Perks of the “Enlightenment”–Cripples Walk

By Jon|May 17, 2012|Empirical Science, Enlightenment, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy|

In the “enlightenment”, in fact the claim to enlightenment is the idea that we will now focus on the stuff that really matters…the mechanical the manipulation of matter to for technology's sake, leaving behind our concern for abstract non 'empirically verifiable concepts such as 'the good'. It was believed, more and more often that all things that take place everywhere even our experience itself is totally explainable in terms of

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Travelling To Hong Kong Tomorrow

By Jon|April 17, 2012|Personal, Travels|

I wish to let my readers know that in the coming week and a half the posts will be a bit fewer because tomorrow I will be travelling to Hong Kong in order to attend Serra's 16th Asian Convention, and afterwards by the generous invitation of a friend I will go to Singapore. I will be sure to update the blog with some aspects of my journey and please keep 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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