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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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Posted in Aristotle, Epistemology, Fides et Ratio

You know what I’m saying?


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Posted in Doings on other blogs, Etc, Fides et Ratio

Overheard at Mass

During the homily today our pastor quoted the following from the majority opinion of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Lawrence v. Texas: At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of

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Posted in Fides et Ratio, Natural Law, Veritatis Splendor

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

Object lesson

An advocate of the prenatal slaughter of children – sorry, abortion supporter – is reported to have said this (I am not making this up): Pregnancy is not natural. <cough> This from a woman who calls herself Catholic (<cough> again).

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Consequences of the Primacy of Conscience

An interesting exchange between a Presbyterian and some Catholics occurred recently. A Catholic mentioned in passing that Protestants hold to the primacy of the individual conscience. The Presbyterian indignantly denied holding this view, and apparently did not think that it

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

Pie for Dessert

Yesterday I offered sauce for the goose. Today we have pumpkin pie. One of the most astonishing things that I learned when I first began to research the Catholic Church is how badly, how grossly, how absurdly her teachings were

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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

Presuppositional Dissonance

Presuppositonalists insist that the senses are not a reliable way to discover truth, and yet they trust them implicitly when it comes to dinnertime: they do not fear that the cheeseburger is actually a rattlesnake poised to strike. Furthermore they

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Apostolic Sucession – Addendum

In a previous post I offered a brief argument from Sacred Scripture in defense of apostolic succession. Here are some additional thoughts inspired by CCC §2: Christ sent forth the apostles he had chosen, commissioning them to proclaim the gospel:

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