Monthly Archives: May 2018

Liberals without Heads

There is something similar to Lewis’ consideration of the Abolition of Man that reminds me of liberalism. Children are inculcated at a young age to adore liberty as something worth death and that men have consistently shed their blood for. … Continue reading

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Noonan Notes II

Noonan continues his treatment of Aquinas in the argument from the ST, De Malo, etc. He makes the curious statement that Aquinas has abandoned the argument based on the mutuum of his youth. This is indicative of Noonan’s approach. For … Continue reading

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The Motte and Bailey

I recently realized the motte and bailey structure of liberalism. Having no understanding of the metaphor, I remained perplexed. However, reading RationalWiki on the subject cleared it up. A motte and bailey argument is one where the position is granted … Continue reading

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Importance of Context

We grant you [Kings of Spain and Portugal] by these present documents, with our Apostolic Authority, full and free permission to invade, search out, capture, and subjugate the Saracens and pagans and any other unbelievers and enemies of Christ wherever … Continue reading

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Decoding the Mind

I was thinking something similar to this today and happen to run across the article. Given intergalism or hylomorphism, that is man is a unity of soul and body in contrast to something like substance dualism, this comes as no … Continue reading

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Conscientious Religious Restriction

The question begging nature of this conception of religious freedom revolves around the notion of what consists in harm to society. A good Christian with Christian presuppositions may think this is great, but differing standards of harm will produce different … Continue reading

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Noonan Notes I

I’ve gotten a hold of Noonan’s “The Scholastic Analysis of Usury.” Here begins some of my notes and thoughts. As a bibliography it is great. There are lots of citations to primary and secondary sources. As history, it appears frequently … Continue reading

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