A Summary of Neo-Scholastic Doctrine on Just War Theory

A Summary of Neo-Scholastic Doctrine on Just War Theory. Taking into account the varying opinions of the Neo-Scholastic authorities on several points, the following precisions of doctrine may now be made: 1. The right of war is odious. That this right exists in certain circumstances cannot be denied; but it is a regrettable necessity, and … Continue reading A Summary of Neo-Scholastic Doctrine on Just War Theory

A Summary of St. Augustine’s Doctrine on Just War Theory

A summary of St. Augustine’s doctrine on Just War: A. There is a greater merit in preventing war by peaceful negotiation and conciliation than in vindicating rights by bloodshed. B. Peace attained by conciliation is better than peace attained by victory. C. There is a natural society of mankind which gives rise to certain rights … Continue reading A Summary of St. Augustine’s Doctrine on Just War Theory

The Augustinian Argument for the Existence of God

I have been spending time highlighting arguments for the existence of God presented by Edward Feser in his book, Five Proofs of the Existence of God. Thus far, I have covered his presentation of the Aristotelian and Neo-Platonic arguments. The third argument presented by Feser is the Augustinian proof. Here is the Augustinian proof, which … Continue reading The Augustinian Argument for the Existence of God

Augustinian Participation & Divine Illumination

Augustinian philosophy has three primary principles: interiority, participation, and immutability.[1] For now, I would like to highlight the second principle of participation and the theory of divine illumination flowing out of it; and to do this I will quote Johannes Quasten’s explanation at length, “2. The second principle which enters into the essential nucleus of … Continue reading Augustinian Participation & Divine Illumination

Genealogical Narratives & Their Villians

The competing genealogical narratives explaining the advent of secular modernity are vast. Some of these interpretations of historical progression into the cultural, social, economic, and political reality we now find ourselves living consider such developments to be a good thing. Other interpretations cast a negative light on the secular modern instinct. Most often these narratives … Continue reading Genealogical Narratives & Their Villians

Saint Augustine on Beatitude & Goodness

"The striving after God is therefore the desire of beatitude; the attainment of God is beatitude itself. We seek to attain God by loving Him; we attain to Him, not by becoming entirely what He is, but in nearness to Him, and in wonderful and sensible contact with Him, and in being inwardly illuminated and … Continue reading Saint Augustine on Beatitude & Goodness