Saturday, August 27, 2011

Original Sin

Idle and Rambling Speculations on Original Sin By Joseph Wood


The biological transmission of original sin has puzzled me, but it seems to have been taken seriously by the medievals. St. Thomas talks about the tranmission of sin and the infection of the powers of the soul. corruption of nature. What does that mean though, merely that because they are descendents of Adam that they are therefore subject to the providential order which he has caused through his sin? According to St. Thomas, no -- it is not merely a privation. So what is the corruption of nature, according to St. Augustine and St. Thomas? I need to read the relevant questions more carefully, but it may be that up to this point I have not been able to understand what St. Thomas has written because I was assuming an erroneous dualistic account of human nature, one that lead me to spiritualize original sin too much.
The Anti-Church of Antonio Gramsci by George J. Marlin
More from Medievalists.net on the medieval university.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Medieval University
Some objections to a proposed Catholic view of the universe
Disputed question on the key premise in the fourth way
Mark F. Johnson, On the future of Thomistica.net

The great news is that the site will remain sure-footed under the direction and support of the people at The Aquinas Center at Ave Maria University, will in fact have a larger base of fine and diverse contributors, and will assuredly expand its viewership to an ever-widening audience of those interested in the academic study of St. Thomas Aquinas. Roger Nutt will be overseeing the site, with help of Michael Dauphinais and Joseph Trabbic. The new contributors will include Fr. Matthew Lamb and Steven Long of Ave Maria and Christopher Malloy of the University of Dallas and Fr. Timothy Bellamah of the Dominican House of Studies.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Zenit: Papal Message on Liturgy as Source of Catechesis
"The Liturgy Is Not What Man Does, But What God Does"

Zenit: Papal Message to Rimini Meeting
"Man Cannot Live Without the Certainty of His Destiny"

Sandro Magister, After Madrid. How Benedict XVI Has Innovated the WYD
There are at least three innovations that characterize the World Youth Days with this pope: moments of silence, the very young age of the participants, the passion to witness to faith in the world

Certain traditionalists remain critical.

Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology:

Papal Theologian's Talk

Tuesday, September 20, 7:30 pm
DSPT Galleria

DSPT will have the honor of hosting Fr. Wojciech Giertych, OP, a Dominican friar of the Polish Province who is the Theologian to the Papal Household. Fr. Giertych will speak on "Virtuous human action-- an icon of God. Aquinas's vision of Christian morality." Download flyer for the Papal Theologian Talk

Monday, August 22, 2011

MoJ: Natural Law, "positivism", judging, etc.

The post links to a paper by Michael Baur on the interpretation of the law by judges.

Hrm... how does the separation of powers play out? Would it be possible to give judges the authority to rule as to whether a law was just or not?