Deus Ex Machina

"This is the generation of the great LEVIATHAN, or rather, to speak more reverently of that mortal god, to which we own under the immortal God, our peace and defense." -Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan

What is the Christian Faith About?

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth by his Son and for his Son. It was the will of God that his life and love should be … Continue reading

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Democracy as Rule by Public Rationality and Common Sense

Democracy and the Crisis of Legitimacy The crisis of democracy today, with accusations that certain election outcomes are “populist” rather than “truly democratic” (assuming that the distinction is intelligible in … Continue reading

November 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

How would the Great Wall of Trump Reduce Illegal Immigration?

A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his imagination. -Proverbs 18:11 A border wall is unconservative, and it offends my Asian sensibilities. If … Continue reading

November 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

The “Historicity” of the Resurrection? The Historical Method and the Theological Interpretation of the Bible

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. … Continue reading

November 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

How the 17th C. French Catholic use of Pyrrhonian Scepticism against Calvinism created the French Enlightenment Skeptics

The following is taken from Richard H. Popkin’s masterly article: Skepticism and the Counter-Reformation in France. This exploration into the Counter-Reformation in France will attempt to trace and explain one … Continue reading

October 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Traditionalist’s Untraditional Understanding of Tradition

What is Tradition? One of the oddest things about religious traditionalists is that it has a rather untraditional meaning of “tradition”. People are often confused between something being very old … Continue reading

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Is it an Infallible Truth in the Roman Church that Jorge Bergoglio is the Pope?

The following is taken from Owen Chadwick’s From Bossuet to Newman. In July 1601 Father Gaspar Hurtado, of the University of Alcala, defended as thesis for his doctorate a number … Continue reading

October 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

From Attacking Jansenist Miracles to Naturalistic Disenchantment of History

The following are Ephraim Radner’s observations on the Roman Catholic reaction to the “heretical” Jansenist miracles. In this particular passage he begins with a discussion of the Roman Bishop, Languet, … Continue reading

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