Mary Eberstadt - "How the West Really Lost God"

Submitted by frlarry on Tue, 05/14/2013 - 14:14
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The Catholic Encyclopedia cites St. Thomas Aquinas (Summa Theologiae II-II, Q 81) in defining the virtue of religion as "a virtue whose purpose is to render God the worship due to Him as the source of all being and the principle of all government of things." When Mary Eberstadt writes about How the West Really Lost God (ISBN-10: 1599473798), she's referring to the decline of the virtue of religion in the general population.  This is common knowledge among people who pay attention to these things.  What is not common knowledge, however, is the root cause of the problem, a root cause that Eberstadt's book brilliantly uncovers.  Immediately, on page 5, she declares:

Fellow unravellers

Submitted by frlarry on Tue, 04/23/2013 - 10:59
(Please. I beg you. If you don't like puns, for God's sake and for yours, skip this post! Worse, if you love puns but your knowledge of arcane expressions does not extend backwards more than a few decades you will no doubt damage your scalp from head scratching. Don't say I didn't warn you.) Like many well established think tanks and advocacy organizations, the Environmental Defence (for some reason my browser's speller prefers "defence" to "defense") Fund sponsors fellowships and internships.

Common sense and the universalizability of human reason

Submitted by frlarry on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 21:52

The German Philosopher, Immanuel Kant had some clever things to say (as well as some not so clever things like his distinction between noumena and phenomena and how it relates to free will). One of his cleverer ideas was a kind of moral litmus test he referred to as the "categorical imperative" whose first formulation can be phrased as follows: "Always act according to that maxim whose universality as a law you can at the same time will."