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

Saint Basil the Great: First Homily of the Hexaemeron

Homily I. In the Beginning God made the Heaven and the Earth. “It is right that any one beginning to narrate the formation of the world should begin with the good order which reigns in visible things. I am about to speak of the creation of heaven and earth, which was not spontaneous, as some … Continue reading Saint Basil the Great: First Homily of the Hexaemeron

Saint John of Damascus on the Names of God

Saint John of Damascus on the Names of God “Since the Divinity is incomprehensible, He must remain absolutely nameless. Accordingly, since we do not know His essence, let us not look for a name for His essence, for names are indicative of what things are. However, although God is good and has brought us from … Continue reading Saint John of Damascus on the Names of God

Saint John of Damascus on God and the Holy Trinity

Saint John of Damascus on God and the Holy Trinity Chapter 13. “The Divinity, therefore, is absolutely unchangeable and inalterable. For, all things which are not in our power He predetermined by His foreknowledge, each one in its own proper time and place. It is in this sense that it is said: ‘Neither does the … Continue reading Saint John of Damascus on God and the Holy Trinity

Petrine Primacy in Sacred Scripture & the Early Church

“As long as Christ, ‘the Master and the Lord’ (John xiii. 13), remained visibly on earth, there was no room or need for any other visible head. But since He willed that His kingdom should be visible, he was obliged, when He ascended into heaven, to designate a vicegerent on earth. ‘Should any one say … Continue reading Petrine Primacy in Sacred Scripture & the Early Church

Saint John of Damascus on True Philosophy

"Philosophy is knowledge of things which are in so far they are, that is, a knowledge of the nature of things which have being. And again, philosophy is knowledge of both divine and human things, that is to say, of things both visible and invisible. Philosophy, again, is a study of death, whether this be … Continue reading Saint John of Damascus on True Philosophy

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