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Summarizing Pseudo-Dionysius' The Divine Names: Part 1

I’ve recently started reading Pseudo-Dionysius'(PD) The Divine Names with the intent of including him in a history of philosophy syllabus.  What I have read and known regarding PD has all been either through quotes from Thomas Aquinas and from secondary source describing his views and influences.  258 more words


Jeff McDonough

Jeff McDonough is a Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University and was the Alvin Plantiga Fellow at the Center for the Philosophy of Religion at Notre Dame from 2015-2016. 104 more words


Boethius: the Consolation of Philosophy 25/04/2016

Imagine the following situation: you have worked diligently for the Ostrogoth King Theoderic as his Master of Offices, when some of your more corrupted colleagues feel threatened by your integrity and decide to conspire against you. 440 more words


De Thomae Aquinatis "Summa Theologica" annotamentum

(A note on Thomas Aquinas’ “Summa Theologica”)

I am imagining Thomas Aquinas sitting at his desk, writing a chapter of his “Summa Theologica”…

Aquinas derives his theory of human nature from Aristotle’s “De Anima”. 1,356 more words


nannus reblogged this on The Asifoscope and commented:

An article written some time ago (aboout a book written some more time ago...)

God of Love: Introduction and Chapter One Overview


  1. Mirabai Starr’s description of her own relationship with spirituality and religion resonated with me greatly. I only attended church up until the second grade because Sunday School interfered with my brothers’ soccer games.
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Saint of the Week: St Thomas Aquinas

Happy Feast of St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)! I find myself surprised that I did not write about him when the Weekly Saints category was active, although he does come up a few times elsewhere, most especially ‘ 1,159 more words


The Accidental Punishment: Thomas Aquinas on the Cause of Evil

The “problem of pain” is both ancient and enduring: if there is an omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent God, whence pain, corruption, and death?  Many think there are only two possible answers: either “God” does not exist, since such a being could not permit pain and suffering, or all pain and suffering is somehow, against all appearances, always caused by God as just punishment for sin.  1,084 more words