Court Jesters & the Culture of Death: Exposing the Vacuous Thought Experiment of Paul Tomlinson

In this recent Salon article, Paul Rosenberg advances a thought experiment introduced by writer Paul Tomlinson, that both believe to be utterly devastating to the pro-life position. According to Rosenberg, not only does Tomlinson refute the pro-life position, he also exposes the entire movement for being made up of hypocritical liars motivated by a desire … Continue reading Court Jesters & the Culture of Death: Exposing the Vacuous Thought Experiment of Paul Tomlinson

St. Bonaventure’s View of Natural Law

“The eternal law is the ultimate rule or measure of all human activity. Augustine identifies the eternal law with God’s wisdom. He writes: ‘That law which is named supreme wisdom cannot be otherwise understood than as unchangeable and eternal.’ This identification of the eternal law with divine wisdom and thus with the divine mind has … Continue reading St. Bonaventure’s View of Natural Law

Anarcho-Capitalism & Moral Subjectivism

In a recent article I examined the incompatibility of Catholic social doctrine and the Austrian school. I would like to further examine this topic by addressing how some of the followers of the Austrian school generally, and the Rothbardian anarcho-capitalist flavor specifically, argue on behalf of their views. Not only are the Rothbardian political philosophical … Continue reading Anarcho-Capitalism & Moral Subjectivism

Is/Ought & Public Policy – Updated

Issues concerning sexuality and gender identity are often assumed to be matters of science, rather than philosophical interpretations of science. This presupposition embedded in our culture rests upon an incongruous inheritance of Enlightenment theories of metaphysics, epistemology, and postmodern reactions against Enlightenment rationality. The metaphysical inheritance of the Enlightenment is the united natural philosophy of … Continue reading Is/Ought & Public Policy – Updated

Good Without God?

When it is said that morality does not "come from religion," but comes from us, that it is a human artifact, so to speak, an underlying misunderstanding is taking place. Moreover, I am unaware of a serious "religious" thinker that has denied the human aspect of morality. The Catholic perspective is that morality is associated with … Continue reading Good Without God?

After Virtue & The New Saint Benedict

"It is always dangerous to draw too precise parallels between one historical period and another; and among the most misleading of such parallels are those which have been drawn between our own age in Europe and North America and the epoch in which the Roman empire declined into the Dark Ages. Nonetheless certain parallels there … Continue reading After Virtue & The New Saint Benedict

The Perfectibility of Human Nature

The perfectibility of human nature is only possible with divine intervention. The Incarnate Christ is the intervention needed to redeem a fallen human race. The sacrifice of the holy Mass, by partaking in the Eucharist, is how we are united to the propitiatory sacrifice of the Cross. The Real Presence of the body, blood, soul, … Continue reading The Perfectibility of Human Nature

Is/Ought and Public Policy

A contemporary obstacle every natural law and/or virtue ethics theory must overcome is the so-called is/ought dichotomy prevalent since Hume. The is/ought dichotomy enshrined in the modernist understanding of reality claims that we cannot derive what we ought to do ethically/morally from the “is” of nature; that is, there is nothing in nature that can … Continue reading Is/Ought and Public Policy