Meditation is something we usually associate with religion rather than philosophy, but that is a false modern dichotomy (Rembrandt, Philosopher in Meditation, 1632).

The Subjectivism of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

Yesterday we placed the ancient philosophical analogue, not to be confused with an "equivalent," of modern science in its proper historical perspective with the help of Peter Harrison's The Territories of Science and Religion. Natural science in the ancient Greek and Roman sense was not really science in our modern understanding, nor was it primarily concerned with the natural world.  Science was always conceived and practiced in the context of what was called the art of living or philosophy as … [Read More...]


The Mythical Origins of Science

One of the pillars of Enlightenment, scientific, and New Atheist (not to be confused with the other two) lore is the tall tale that Christianity came like some prehistoric meteor and wiped out the advanced science of the ancients.Hypatia of Alexandria is frequently used in this narrative as martyred by bloodthirsty ancient Christian fundamentalists. On this story, the fog of ignorance spread by the Roman Catholic Bible Belt's dogma-machine was so powerful that it took science over a … [Read More...]

St. Nicholas: Not to be confused with Santa (Dionysus, Saint Nicholas, 1502; Source Wikimedia Commons, author: Vash Alex kun, PD-Old-100).

John Milbank: The Eastward Movement of Western Theology

What John Milbank, author of Theology and Social Theory, calls the Eastward movement of Western theology in the video below is mostly a marker of where Western theology stands with regard to its own traditions.Of these traditions (in the plural) many continue an unbroken engagement with the Greek Fathers. After all, quite a few of those theologians are Doctors of the (Western) Church. This is to be contrasted with a pure and simple movement toward manifesting Eastern Orthodox forms of piety, … [Read More...]

Those who oppose the vast majority of abortions are legion (Joseph Heintz, The interior of the Sala Maggior Consiglio, The Doge's Palace, Venice, 1863; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old-100).

The Anti-Abortion Supermajority: Beyond the Abortion Wars

Charles C. Camosy is Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at Fordham University. He has published numerous articles in publications such as the American Journal of Bioethics, the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, and Commonweal Magazine. He is the author of four books. Too Expensive to Treat? was a 2011 award-winner with the Catholic Media Association. His Peter Singer and Christian Ethics was named a 2012 Best Book with ABC Religion and Ethics. His third book, For Love of Animals: … [Read More...]

Dorothy Day went on pilgrimage from what her biographer called "solid, patriotic, and middle class" background.

On a Middle Class Pilgrimage

Kevin L. Hughes is Chair of the Humanities Department at Villanova University. He is the author of Constructing Antichrist: Paul, Biblical Commentary, and the Development of Doctrine in the Early Middle Ages and Church History: Faith Handed On, along with articles appearing in journals such as Modern Theology, Theological Studies, Franciscan Studies, and the Heythrop Journal. His recent work on Henri de Lubac will appear in Reading Scripture as a Political Act and the T&T Clark Companion to … [Read More...]

Environment wrecks (Unknown author, Tycoon Toys, date unknown; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-USA-Employee).

Capitalists Should Be Nervous: A Response to Fr. Robert Barron on Laudato Si’

Keith Michael Estrada is the founder of Students for a Fair Society at Franciscan University of Steubenville and is a member of the International Observatory of Young Catholics (Rome). Finishing his MA in philosophy at the aforementioned institution, he writes from Seattle-land, Washington. He can be reached at is a guest post.====================== Back to Europe. A third model was added to the two models of the 19th century: socialism. Socialism took two … [Read More...]

The animals tastefully block the topic of today's post (Hugo Simberg, Adam and Eve, 1895; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old-Before-1923).

A Religion is Plausible if it Tells You What to Do With Your Genitals

Facebook blocked me from promoting my St. Paul talking shit piece yesterday because they think biblical religion is too vulgar.I thought I'd take it down a notch today with a post on theology and genitalia.There are breakthrough moments on two hour commutes home where you either find something that either keeps you from attempting a nap behind the wheel, or, otherwise you don't end up writing blog entries.I've been listening to a four part series given by William T. Cavanaugh in New … [Read More...]

Looks like a guy who doesn't take much shit from anyone (Giotto, St. Paul, 1290s; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old-100).

St. Paul & Pope Francis Say SHIT to Their Congregations

Pope Francis has been talking crap about capitalism again. According to The Guardian, the pontiff reached for some pungent words, reminiscent of what Keith Michael Estrada wrote in his guest post several weeks ago: In one of the longest, most passionate and sweeping speeches of his pontificate, the Argentine-born pope used his visit to Bolivia to ask forgiveness for the sins committed by the Roman Catholic church in its treatment of native Americans during what he called the “so-called conquest … [Read More...]

Of all these books I think I'm most looking forward to reading, actually finishing, From Communism to Capitalism

10 Mind-Bending Theology and Philosophy Books for This Summer

Maybe it doesn't show from this blog, given how many TOP10 lists I've written, that I didn't really start reading until my junior year in high school. Reading T.S. Eliot's poetry, Dante, and A Canticle for Liebowitz is probably what did it in the end. Once you start on those books there's no going back.I suppose I've always been playing catchup ever since. As in other areas of life I don't seem to ever catch up. And so it shall probably be until the eschaton.While my temp work is going … [Read More...]

The family is dead meat in capitalism (Pieter Aertsen, Still Life with Meat and the Holy Family, 1551; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old-100).

Chesterton: Capitalism Killed the Family

You, no doubt, have heard it said (totally out of context) by Chesterton: Too much capitalism does not mean too many capitalists, but too few capitalists. But he also said in "Three Foes of the Family" (442-445): It cannot be too often repeated that what destroyed the Family in the modern world was Capitalism. No doubt it might have been Communism, if Communism had ever had a chance, outside that semi-Mongolian wilderness where it actually flourishes. But, so far as we are concerned, what has … [Read More...]