Lumen Fidei: The Humility of Theology

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Theology, everyone knows, is the study of things divine, or, at least, the study of things human beings have called divine. More cynically, one might say that theology is what is taught in the theology departments of large universities, or in other words, things that men have made up about God in order to get tenure.But Catholic theology, properly understood, is no such thing. In Catholic terms, theology is the study of the God who is, a God who isn't merely a subject to be studied but a … [Read more...]

What We Can Know, and How We Can Know It

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According to Thomas Aquinas, we can know things in three ways:Directly, as we know the things we see around us. Indirectly, by reasoning from the things we see around us. By revelation from God.The first category—the things we know by direct experience, as I know the keyboard on which I'm typing and the desk it sits on—would go without saying if it weren't for the persistent influence of Descartes' methodological doubt and the absurdities of those who followed after him. As for … [Read more...]

God, Invisible and Inaudible

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about discipleship and catechesis; and a commenter suggested (albeit in a rude and dismissive fashion) that the problem with making disciples is that God is silent and invisible, and since no one can see or hear Him naturally it's hard to get excited about Him. I suggested that perhaps others saw something he didn't, and the commenter responded with obvious scorn, and said that he was shocked that I didn't regard God's silence as a problem.I rather got … [Read more...]

The Human Wisdom of St. Thomas, by Josef Pieper

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In 1948, Josef Pieper published a selection of short texts from the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, specifically, those texts he wanted to bring to the attention of his friends so that they could come to understand the character and thought of St. Thomas. The texts (often no more than a sentence) are arranged in a particular order by topic, so as to lead the reader through the philosophical thought of the saint. The book is entitled The Human Wisdom of St. Thomas.Beyond a short … [Read more...]

Thomas Aquinas, by Denys Turner

Thomas Aquinas, by Denys Turner, might be the best book on Thomas Aquinas that I've yet seen. It's a book about Thomas the man, Thomas the saint, and only secondarily about Thomas the philosopher and theologian. The author says,It is a profile sketched out in thin strokes of the pen, exaggerating a few features out of all proportion and omitting many more altogether. It is therefore a caricature. But caricatures do not always distort. At best they reveal the prominent features of a … [Read more...]


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