Political anthropology

Milbank’s Beyond Secular Order: The Representation of Being and the Representation of the Peoplepresupposes that there is a homology between metaphysics and politics. He identifies four assumptions of modern philosophy: “(1) the univocity rather than analogy of being; ( 2) knowledgeby . . . . Continue Reading »

Static Natural Law

A debate on natural law is brewing in my little world, and here’s a little contribution.Natural law advocates insist that there are things that We Can’t Not Know, as J.Budziszewski puts it. Paul agrees: “Since the creation of the world God’s invisible attributes, His eternal . . . . Continue Reading »

The Other Protestantism

Liberal Protestants and orthodox Protestant both tell the story of modern Protestantism as the opposition of liberalism and orthodoxy. Already in the 19th century, FC Baur doubted this scheme, and suggested there was a third form of Protestantism - a gnostic Protestantism.Cyril O’Regan’s . . . . Continue Reading »

Natural Supernaturalism

Naturalistic explanations of nature’s existence are impossible, David Hart contends (The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss, 96), because “nature . . . is that which by definition already exists.”Nature’s explanation thus inevitably and “logically” . . . . Continue Reading »

God, Sexuality, Self

Sarah Coakley does some very interesting things in God, Sexuality, and the Self: An Essay ‘On the Trinity’ , the first volume of a proposed four-volume systematics. She “risks” writing for a general Christian audience, and her readable, even entertaining book shows that it . . . . Continue Reading »

Family gift

Lopez ( Gift and the Unity of Being ) ends a discussion of the home as a paradigm of giving with this lovely summary: “In spousal love, the husband gives himself and, in giving himself, receives his wife, who, in receiving the husband, gives herself. Through the parents, the child is given to . . . . Continue Reading »

Become as children

Again drawing on the work of Luigi Giussani, Lopez ( Gift and the Unity of Being , 29-30 ) discusses the centrality of birth, the retrieval which is “the crucial cultural problem today.” According to Giussani, “every evil originates with the lie according to which man . . . . Continue Reading »

The logos of the gift

Lopez ( Gift and the Unity of Being , 25 ) makes the crucial point that “give is also a logos, ‘a word, an invitation,’ that speaks of another.” This is essential to the gift: Quoting Luigi Giusanni, he writes that “the gift whose meaning is not also given is not . . . . Continue Reading »

Receptively Recreative

Antonio Lopez argues in his Gift and the Unity of Being for the priority of reception to creativity. This is not, he insists, “a diminishment of man’s greatness,” but rather “indicates his true stature.” He explains using the analogy of a traveler and the way: . . . . Continue Reading »