Peter A. Redpath on Metaphysics, Science, & Wisdom

"4. Why recovering a proper understanding of metaphysics is essential to restoring a proper understanding of philosophy, science, and their essential relation to wisdom. In my opinion, the disembodied reason of Descartes, the depersonalized, collectivist reason promoted by Rousseau, and the anti-contemplative reductionism of modern and contemporary physical ‘science’ falsely-so-called are foundational elements of the … Continue reading Peter A. Redpath on Metaphysics, Science, & Wisdom

The Modern Liberal Dialectic

Mainstream political philosophy, commentary, and policy debate exist on a predetermined arc of the liberal dialectic. Within this fixed categorization of liberalism exists a range of allowable opinion. For example, the modern concept of individual autonomy is accepted no matter the chosen political label. Progressives, conservatives, and libertarians all accept the principle of individual autonomy. … Continue reading The Modern Liberal Dialectic

Pagan Rome & Neo-Pagan America

The opening paragraphs of Diane Moczar’s book, The Church Ascending, say this, “What do you think the following passage describes? 'Once upon a time, there was a country. After a revolution in which it overthrew the rule of a foreign king, it became a small republic. Its religion was simple, emphasizing republican virtues such as … Continue reading Pagan Rome & Neo-Pagan America

Catholic Theology & Philosophical Foundations

"As we will see, Pope John Paul II, in his encyclical Fides et ratio strenuously upholds the tradition of giving priority to faith in the question of the relationship between faith and reason. To do otherwise, of course, would be to flirt with rationalism. Faith, however, must be understood; it is always, to borrow from … Continue reading Catholic Theology & Philosophical Foundations

The Catholic Church & Capital Punishment

“Between 1796 and 1865, Giovanni Battista Bugatti executed 516 condemned criminals, more than four-fifths for murder. Some of them were hanged, some guillotined, and some decapitated with an ax. In the case of especially heinous crimes, the methods of execution were harsher. Some criminals had their heads crushed with a mallet, after which their throats … Continue reading The Catholic Church & Capital Punishment

A 5-Step Program For Totalitarian Government

Despite rhetoric promising to drain the swamp, the march toward totalitarian centralization of American government continues on with the Trump administration. The proposal to replace the disastrous Affordable Care Act, as well as the massive congressional budget deal, indicates a commitment to the ongoing trend which perpetuates the cultural monopolization and profligate spending so characteristic in Washington. In … Continue reading A 5-Step Program For Totalitarian Government

Libertarian Gnosticism

Pope Francis recently made some critical remarks about libertarianism. And following these remarks, libertarians responded with their usual bluster. The immediate and reactionary response is to always claim that whatever has just been said or written about libertarianism is a straw man. It never fails. Every single time a view that is critical of libertarian … Continue reading Libertarian Gnosticism