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More Intellectual Modesty

It is difficult to be aware of whether one knows or not. [Aristotle, Posterior Analytics I.9 (around 76a26)] Examples are hardly necessary. And yet we all tend to be tremendously confident about the accuracy of our opinions, and tremendously reluctant

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That’s what I keep saying

If the Church, the faithful guardian of truth, lose the truth, by whom shall the truth be found? —St. Francis de Sales Exactly. And this is why Protestantism destroys any hope whatsoever of ever discovering revealed truth: because the Protestant

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Posted in Apologetics, Ecclesiology, Epistemology, Fides et Ratio, Infallibility, Lumen Gentium, Protestantism

Intellectual Modesty — an Example

Last year I wrote a brief article about intellectual modesty, and my point was that truths of faith are not necessarily subject to comprehension by human reason. Our intellectual powers cannot rise above nature to the supernatural. Here is a

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Posted in Epistemology, Fides et Ratio, Protestantism, Sacraments

The Catholic Appeal to Scripture

In a thread at the Protestant (and excellently-named) blog Green Baggins a Presbyterian commenter opines of the Catholic paradigm: There is no room for “asking what the Bible says” on any matter of serious importance in this paradigm. The freedom

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Posted in Apologetics, Doings on other blogs, Epistemology, Fides et Ratio, Protestantism, Revelation, Scripture, Solo Scriptura

We Need Revelation

Reason is not omnicompetent. It cannot solve all problems. One problem it cannot solve for us has to do with helping us attain to our end. It was necessary for man’s salvation that there should be a knowledge revealed by

Posted in Aquinas - Philosophy, Aquinas - Theology, Epistemology, Fides et Ratio, Revelation, Summa Contra Gentiles, Summa Theologiae

Sin and Understanding

A Reformed Protestant gentleman writes: Why can’t the answer simply be that the Bible, if read perfectly, provides a system of doctrine, but due to our sin and hardness of heart no one reads it perfectly. Thus it is not

Posted in Epistemology, Fides et Ratio, Protestantism, Solo Scriptura

On Analogy

In a previous post we discussed the fact that our knowledge of God is analogical. In this post I want to present remarks made by Maritain in Appendix II of The Degrees of Knowledge: “On Analogy” (pages 442-45). I think that this

Posted in Aquinas - Philosophy, Epistemology, Thomistic Theses

Analogical Knowledge of God

In order to understand why and in what ways St Thomas says that our knowledge of God is analogical, there are some prior considerations that must be understood first. The Summa Theologiae is nothing if not spectacularly orderly, such that

Posted in Aquinas - Philosophy, Epistemology, Thomistic Theses

Some Small Errors are not Small

In a post I wrote about Fides et Ratio a few months ago, I suggested that philosophical error is a kind of bondage (in contrast to the freedom that comes from the truth). Recently I was reading McInerny’s Praeambula Fidei,

Posted in Aquinas - Philosophy, Aristotle, Epistemology, Fides et Ratio

Sign Seeking

It seems that we might say that it is “natural” to hope or wish that God would “show Himself” or confirm the truth of the Faith in a personal way—for you personally, or for me personally—by means of some miraculous

Posted in Ascent of Mt Carmel, Epistemology, Faith
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