Today’s Aquinas: What Did John Say about the Word?

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We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.In the previous chapter, Thomas showed a way in which we can say that the First and Second Persons of the Trinity are related as Father and Son; and he clarifies his usage in this chapter: Hence in the rule of Catholic faith we are taught to profess belief in the Father and Son in God by saying: “I believe in God the Father, and in His Son.” And lest anyone, on h … [Read more...]

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Danny Deever, by Rudyard Kipling

Kipling's poem "Danny Deever" is about a soldier who is going to be hanged for shooting a fellow soldier while he slept. "What are the bugles blowin' for?" said Files-on-Parade. "To turn you out, to turn you out", the Colour-Sergeant said. "What makes you look so white, so white?" said Files-on-Parade. "I'm dreadin' what I've got to watch", the Colour-Sergeant said. For they're hangin' Danny Deever, you can hear the Dead March play, The regiment's in 'ollow square -- they're hangin' him … [Read more...]

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Which Monotheistic God is God?

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Last time I looked at theological systems that aim at the divine as the ultimate reality, and rejected pantheism and deism for monotheism.  That still seems to leave a lot of ground to cover, but it's actually not so bad.As I've said before I've had personal experiences of the presence of God.  I don't want to make too much of them, but there they are, and they are part of my experience.  I don't claim that you should believe on the basis of my experience, but contrarily it is something that … [Read more...]

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In Search of Ultimate Reality

Shiva the Destroyer

In my previous post I argued that worship is what is owed in justice to the divine, and that a god who is the creator, the ultimate reality, is more worthy of worship than any lesser god—always presuming that the god actually exists.  (Non-existent gods are not worthy of worship, however well we might have "crafted" them.)I cannot speak for all religions practiced in the world today, but certainly the largest claim to reflect ultimate reality in one way or another.  The usual choices are pan … [Read more...]

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Why Not Worship Zeus?

The Temple of Olympian Zeus

Several commenters on my post "Proving God Experimentally" asked why my experiment would lead to belief in the specifically Christian God?  Why not to some other religion?  Similarly, my atheist interlocutor Korou said, To be fair, I've never asked Allah or the Hindu gods, or Zeus to do the same.  From my point of view, any of them are as likely to exist as the other.As I've noted elsewhere, I didn't come to the Catholic faith as a result of an exhaustive search of the possibilities; I c … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: Why is the Word the Son of the Father?

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We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.In this Chapter Thomas continues building up a model of the Trinity in Aristotelian terms.  I must note that this is not the definitive model of the Trinity; as Augustine famously noted, the Trinity is a mystery that we cannot encompass.  But it's a way of thinking about the Trinity that Thomas found spiritually useful.He continues from the previous chapter, i … [Read more...]

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The Wreck of the Athens Queen

Here's a sprightly little ditty about drunkenly salvaging chickens, couches, cows, and brandy from the shipwrecked Athens Queen, sung (and composed, I believe) by the inimitable Stan Rogers.And then, if you like, you can hear it performed by a troupe of buskers who dress like pirates and call themselves "The World Famous Bootstrappers."  None of them sing as well as Stan Rogers, but they get extra points for color: … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat saw Racism and Death

Much of what the Dogmat saw this week made him unhappy, especially the news from Charleston. The Dogmat is glad that the shooter's goal of igniting a race war has so far not been reached, and he is mightily impressed with the forgiveness shown by the survivors.On Racism in the American South and the Shock of the Charleston Shootings: While providing neither a facile explanation for the shooter's actions nor a facile prescription for how to prevent similar shootings, Jen Fitz provides some … [Read more...]

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My New Friend: A Rugged Rosary

Rugged Rosary

I've got a new friend; he lives in my car.  That's him, over there to the right.I often pray the Rosary on the way to work in the morning.  In my old car, which had an automatic transmission, I used a little teeny finger rosary that I would hang on one of the vent knobs between uses.  I had to be careful doing that, because if I dropped it, it was gone: under the seat or into a crevice or into another dimension or somewhere; at least, I very seldom found them again.  But it was fun … [Read more...]

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