The universe as a whole

From the ongoing drafts of Searching for the Cosmos. Let’s say that the universe or cosmos is the unity of order of all mobile beings according to place, duration, and causality. What is a “unity of order”? A “unity of order” is dependent upon a certain type of relation, in this case a certain relationship … Continue reading The universe as a whole

The Harmony of Creation

Updated: The following is based upon my remarks at the inaugural meeting of the Institute on the Catechism. I have been tasked with talking about the place of human nature and sexuality in the cosmos. To fulfill this task, I would like to sketch two competing paradigms for understanding that place. The first is older, … Continue reading The Harmony of Creation

Charles De Koninck and the Cosmos of the Natural Sciences

Forthcoming in 2023, the proceedings of the IPC 50 Colloque Charles De Koninck et Maurice Dionne. (Read the final draft; for a final copy, please email me.) The volume will be titled Le discernement des habitus – Autour de Charles De Koninck. In his 1941 essay “Are the Experimental Sciences Distinct from the Philosophy of … Continue reading Charles De Koninck and the Cosmos of the Natural Sciences

From First Physics to Fundamental Physics and Back Again

Now published in Aquinas and Us, edited by Timothy Kearns, Gyula Klima, and Alex Hall, the latest volume (no. 18) of the Proceedings of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics. From the publisher: “This volume considers the contemporary relevance of Aquinas’ thought and what parameters should influence its reception. It discusses the reception of … Continue reading From First Physics to Fundamental Physics and Back Again

Why “Integralism” and “Separation” Both Fail: A Reflection on Russell Hittinger’s “How to Inherit a Kingdom”

Update: Hittinger’s lecture is now on YouTube. In a recent lecture at the Catholic University of America, Russell Hittinger argues that “a separation” must exist between the kingdom of God and the world. The talk’s title, “How to Inherit a Kingdom,” was inspired by one of St. Augustine’s sermons directing disconsolate Christians towards their true … Continue reading Why “Integralism” and “Separation” Both Fail: A Reflection on Russell Hittinger’s “How to Inherit a Kingdom”

Mary, Queen and Mother

The queen stood on thy right hand, in gilded clothing; surrounded with variety. Psalm 44:10 St. Thomas interprets Psalm 44:10 to describe qualities of the bride of Christ, the Church. However, he also notes that the verse and the qualities of the Church “can be explained as referring to the Blessed Virgin, who is Queen … Continue reading Mary, Queen and Mother

Creator, Creation, & Cosmos

This January, I will be giving a series of talks here in Wichita. Register at this link! The writings of the Angelic Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas, are replete with contemplation of God the Creator and His creation. Despite the distance of eight centuries, the study of St. Thomas’s work still gives us philosophical and theological … Continue reading Creator, Creation, & Cosmos

Misunderstanding the Rosary

During the last presidential election cycle, I heard of a parish regularly praying the rosary for our country after morning Mass. One ought to pray for one’s country. Surely love of country is not passé? Yet does it go too far to announce the name of one state for each of the fifty Hail Mary’s? … Continue reading Misunderstanding the Rosary

Book review at Thomistica

My review of John Grabowski’s Unraveling Gender and Abigail Favale’s The Genesis of Gender is available through Thomistica. An excerpt: These books can be read together with profit. Both together or either separately could find a place in a suitably designed course or seminar on these topics. While diverse in their literary and rhetorical styles, … Continue reading Book review at Thomistica

Appearance on “Sed Contra” Podcast

For those interested in intellectual freedom, academic freedom, and the Catholic university, I joined Dr. Kevin Clarke on the Sed Contra podcast recently: “Truth, Freedom, and the Catholic University.” We discuss the Land O’Lakes document, definitions of intellectual freedom and academic freedom, as well as the relationship between the university and Catholic theology.