My name’s Fred. As the blog’s name vaguely suggests, a major focus here will be the works, philosophy, and theology of St. Thomas Aquinas, along with other stuff that interests me.

I’m not a philosopher. I’m not a theologian. I’m not an expert. I am an autodidact on the long, hard road to obtaining the education that I didn’t get in school. There will no doubt be a variety of philosophy- and theology-like substances on this blog. I have also (in jest, but also undoubtedly in truth) been described as a professional worrier. :-)

I’m Catholic (which is probably also vaguely obvious from the blog’s title). My intention is that my writing will conform to the teaching of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

12 comments on “About
  1. Debbie S. says:

    Do you remember me from GSPC?

  2. aquinasetc says:

    Hello Debbie,

    Yes, I certainly remember you :-) Please pardon the slight edit I did on your comment; for personal and professional reasons I’d rather preserve a small measure of privacy.

    I hope that you are doing well. Thanks for stopping by.


    [Edit 2011-07-05: with the publication of my guest post on Called to Communion, I happily abandon the privacy preference. :-) ]

    • Deborah Schafer says:

      OH, I do apologize for using your last name! I wasn’t thinking about how I might confirm your identity. I totally understand your concerns and am quite alright with your editing my comment.

      I look forward to keeping up with you by subscribing to receive your blog.

      Be sure to tell your lovely wife, “Hi” from me. I miss you guys. Also, have her send me an email so I can update my mailing list contacts.

      • aquinasetc says:

        No worries, and I have passed along your greetings and email request :-) I hope my blog won’t bore you to death, either :-)

  3. aquinasetc says:

    (Oh, and I apologize that it took so long for your comment to be approved; I was rather busy today!)

  4. Andre Chouravong says:


    I visited your old PCA congregation in MN back in 2002-2003. I can’t remember if we’ve formally met. Little did I know that we’d both end up in the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic church!

  5. aquinasetc says:

    Hi Andre,

    We moved from MN in May or so of 2002. Sorry, but I’m terrible with names & faces, so even if we did met I’m afraid I don’t remember. But it is a small world, and a good one where we end up together in the Church that Christ founded. :-)

    Thanks for stopping by!


  6. I am very old and very good friend of your father-in-law. I would very much like to correspond with you privately as I battle with the possibility of my own conversion. Ask your father-in-law and he can give you my email address.

  7. aquinasetc says:

    Dear Mr. Lofland,

    I will contact you soon. You are in our prayers.


  8. So, RdP, your fan can finally see the mystical veil fall off your face. You are mortal again :-P

    I wonder what are the reasons you finally decided to write with your own name. I kinda began to like RdP because that gave me the feeling you are a custodian of STA ;-)

    Btw, I am studying Theologiae Natural and it is amazing how STA counters ontological arguments with such clear reasoning.

  9. aquinasetc says:

    Hi Rickson,

    Really, all it amounted to was a realization that since I’m not anonymous here, there wasn’t much point with the pseudonym anymore. On top of that I’d like to move some of the better posts from The Supplement over here because I like WordPress.

    So yes, you have finally got your wish. :-)


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