Saturday, July 16, 2011


Theologian Jean Porter Honored for Book on Natural Law (which has plenty of links, including one for her faculty page)

Nature as reason: a Thomistic theory of the natural law
wasn't that good, according to the reviews written by trusted people that I've read. She is being honored for a different book, Ministers of the Law: A Natural Law Theory of Legal Authority by the Catholic Press Association. I should take that organization's opinion into consideration because?
Edward Feser, So you think you understand the cosmological argument?
Les oeuvres de Saint Alphonse-Marie de Liguori

Friday, July 15, 2011

Sandro Magister, The Theologian and the Cardinal. An American Story

The censure of a book about God provokes not rupture, but dialogue. The progressive magazine "America" holds out the olive branch. A lesson by Pope Benedict on what "true" theology is

What gives?

Oh really?

NYT: Internet Use Affects Memory, Study Finds

"The subjects were significantly more likely to remember information if they thought they would not be able to find it later. “Participants did not make the effort to remember when they thought they could later look up the trivia statement they had read,” the authors write."

How much money was spent on exploring what should be obvious? After all, memory does involve some volition, it's not "automatic."

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Note: How do the virtues modify the powers? And is this the key to understanding the relationship between the infused virtues and the acquired virtues?

(See St. Thomas on courage? Example of fasting? Almsgiving/beneficence vs. magnanimity.)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

James Chastek: "The physical sciences are based not just on measurement, but measurement of a rationalized continuum, which means that there is no possible measurement without a definite numerical value."

His discussion of facts.
The latest issue of Nova et Vetera has an article by Angela McKay Knobel on Aquinas's treatment of the infused and acquired virtues. It does pose a good puzzle about the exact relationship between the two.

Monday, July 11, 2011

OpStJoseph: A Biographical Essay on Fr. Benedict Ashley, O.P.
Radical Orthodoxy: An Interview with John Milbank and Catherine Pickstock

More finger-pointing at Duns Scotus for what ails Western culture.

Rome Reports: Who is Saint Benedict, according Pope Benedict XVI

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The theology of creation and the theology of the Resurrection (which includes and ratifies Incarnation) demand that prayer should be expressed in a bodily form, involving all the dimensions of bodily expression. The spiritualization of the body calls for the embodiment of the Spirit, and vice versa. Only in this way can man and the world be 'humanized', which means that matter is brought to its spiritual capacity the Spirit is expressed in the wealth of creation. (The Feast of Faith, 71)

St. Thomas doesn't explicitly discuss the use of bodily gestures in prayer? But his teachings could be accommodated to it.