Marian Metaphysics

"This invocation may serve as the introduction and conclusion of this study: Mary is the Mother of Faith, and therefore the Magistra theologia par excellence, the model and guide and final support of all who study or teach about God. Without her love and active involvement in our lives, and a corresponding love and unconditional … Continue reading Marian Metaphysics

A Brief Summary of Scotus’s Position on the Immaculate Conception

The Marian dogma of the Immaculate Conception was first successfully defended by the Franciscan friar, Bl. John Duns Scotus. He was able to maneuver his way through the intellectual deadlock surrounding this theological issue and paved the way for its eventual proclamation in 1854, by Pope Pius IX. This summary is taken from the book, … Continue reading A Brief Summary of Scotus’s Position on the Immaculate Conception

Philosophy as Prayer & Praxis – Bl. John Duns Scotus

“May the First Principle of things grant me to believe, to understand and to reveal what may please his majesty and may raise our minds to contemplate him. O Lord our God, true teacher that you are, when Moses your servant asked you for your name that he might proclaim it to the children of … Continue reading Philosophy as Prayer & Praxis – Bl. John Duns Scotus

Bl. John Duns Scotus & Classical Theism

“As for all the scholastics, Scotus’s God is the God of classical theism. I have tried to argue elsewhere that the key motivator for Scotus’s account of God is the notion of God’s being wholly unconditioned: being such that nothing can affect him. On this view, God lacks passive capacities. In what is now the … Continue reading Bl. John Duns Scotus & Classical Theism

Bonaventure, Scotus, Newman

This lengthy passage is taken from The Newman-Scotus Reader, contained in the essay titled, Scotus and Newman in Dialogue by Peter Damian Fehlner: "Frequent reference in this conference to theological-metaphysical views of St. Bonaventure as a basis for understanding those of Scotus and the many parallel patterns of thought in Scotus and Newman, obviously implies … Continue reading Bonaventure, Scotus, Newman