Saturday, June 30, 2012

Did I post a link to this lecture by Fr. Spitzer(?) on God and Modern Physics? I have not yet watched it, but I assume that like many contemporary Catholic apologists, he accepts contemporary cosmology as a premise for his argument.

Magis Center of Reason and Faith
Why Modern Physics Point to God

Dr. Paul L. Gavrilyuk
Associate Professor of Historical Theology
faculty page


Friday, June 29, 2012

The Incredible Human Journey

The BBC series can be found on YT, for now.

Predictions About Fr. Rhonheimer's New Book

The Common Good of Constitutional Democracy
Essays in Political Philosophy and on Catholic Social Teaching

Martin Rhonheimer
Edited by William F. Murphy

1. It presupposes the modern nation-state as the starting point.
2. The definition of common good will be inadequate because he does not address the question of scale.
3. The question of scale in relation to the form of government will not be addressed as well.

I am curious as to what he has to say about multiculturalism.

Another post on forthcoming titles shortly.

Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul

Westminster Abbey Choir
Cappella Musicale Pontificia Sistina

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thaddeus Kozinski recommends...

Liberty, the God That Failed
Policing the Sacred and Constructing the Myths of the Secular State, from Locke to Obama
Christopher A. Ferrara

Along with: On the Road to Emmaus by Glenn Olsen

The first seems to be what one might expect for a traditionalist critique of the American political order, explicating the source of its principles being solely the Enlightenment and liberalism.
Zenit: Archbishop Nichols: What Does Human Dignity Really Mean?
London Prelate Considers History, Present Relevance of Key Concept

Archbishop Nichols observed that the idea of human dignity has a long history, going back to Cicero, Augustine and Aquinas. It was further developed by the Salamanca school of Dominicans in Spain at the time of the colonization of America. Subsequently, during the last century or so, it has been the topic of the social encyclicals of the Church.

Human dignity also has great importance outside the Church, he added. The UN Declaration of Human Rights, in Article 1 states: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

He also noted that Article 1 (1) of the German Basic law, also drafted in 1948, states that “human dignity is inviolable. To respect it and protect it is the duty of all state power”.

Cicero, Augustine, and Aquinas? Aquinas distinguishes between various sorts of dignity. What of Cicero and Augustine?

An interview with Freeman Dyson

Counterpunch: An Interview With Freeman Dyson on the Origins of Life on Earth by SUZAN MAZUR

His homepage.


Heretical Thoughts About Science and Society
NYT: The Civil Heretic
TED profile

Wednesday, June 27, 2012



More from the Science and Faith Conference

Edward Feser & Jonathan Sanford - Science and Faith Conference

Stephen Barr & Alexander Sich - Science and Faith Conference

Michael Behe & Daniel Kuebler - Science and Faith Conference

Jay Richards & Mark Ryland - Science and Faith Conference

(How is the Institute for the Study of Nature doing?)

More from FUS.

Unfortunately, no video is available for Dr. Carroll's presentation? (There is video of the response.) But I did find the following:

William Carroll: Darwin in the 21st Century: Nature, Humanity, and God

William Carroll: "The Scientific Revolution and Discourse on Science-and-Religion"
Brad Gregory "Against Nostalgia: Catholicism, History, and Modernity."

Brad Gregory "Against Nostalgia: Catholicism, History, and Modernity." from The Lumen Christi Institute on Vimeo.

Alvin Plantinga & John Bergsma - Science and Faith Conference
Phil.-Theol. Hochschule Benedikt XVI. - Katholische Theologie studieren in Heiligenkreuz

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

MOJ: Political Philosophy, by Michael J. White

Ite ad Thomam: Announcing a New Master's Program in Scholastic Philosophy (Institute Catholique de Toulouse)

What's going on with the Society of Scholastics?
Via Dominican Vocations: "The Holy Father has nominated His Excellency, Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia, O.P., until now Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, to be the Vice President of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei.”"

Rorate Caeli: Di Noia to CNS: "Possible to have theological disagreements and be in communion" - "Can't read Vatican II texts from the viewpoint of liberals who were in the Council"

Diary from Vatican II by Father Robert Barron (on Yves Congar's journal)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Psalm - Byzantine Chant no 2 - St John Koukouzelis - 14th Century

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Changes in the Curia

Levada is to resign from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, leaving Müller in pole position to substitute him. Meanwhile, the Vatican library is getting a new librarian and Bertone’s substitution appears imminent

Augustinian Localism?

Augustinian Reflections on Love and Localism by A.J. DeBonis

I still need to read through City of God all the way through...
James Chastek, Morning research trail and Cajetan’s account of the Thomas / Scotus debate on the source of contingency