Ignorance Dark  Fide Shakespeare Cathedra Transvaluation Whole Dio Human Rights Glass Houses Fiction Spending Depths Poet Diocletian 1968 Dickens Moscow Europe Omnipotence Apologia Nothing Creation Ralph McInerny Profundis

Philosophandum in Fide

By Ralph McInerny

For some centuries now it has been the practice of secular philosophers and historians of philosophy to bracket the work of believing philosophers, judging that it cannot count as “real” philosophy, “real’ philosophy being secular philosophy. In this way, the Christian philosopher is excluded by stipulative definition and often a thousand years of thinking is … Continue reading Philosophandum in Fide

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Jude Dougherty

Interview with Jude Dougherty, Part 1

Dr. Jude Dougherty is professor emeritus and the dean emeritus of the School of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. A faithful son of the Catholic University of America, Dr. Dougherty did his undergraduate and graduate studies there, receiving his PhD in philosophy in 1960 and returning to CUA in 1966 … Continue reading Interview with Jude Dougherty, Part 1

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Ignorance Dark  Fide Shakespeare Cathedra Transvaluation Whole Dio Human Rights Glass Houses Fiction Spending Depths Poet Diocletian 1968 Dickens Moscow Europe Omnipotence Apologia Nothing Creation Ralph McInerny Profundis

Raging In The Dark

By Ralph McInerny

I have recently written a little book called Some Catholic Writers which is due to appear in the months ahead. Considering the influence of the faith on the minds and imaginations of authors reveals how various and unpredictable that influence can be. It occurs to me that one might gather together authors who lost the … Continue reading Raging In The Dark

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Ignorance Dark  Fide Shakespeare Cathedra Transvaluation Whole Dio Human Rights Glass Houses Fiction Spending Depths Poet Diocletian 1968 Dickens Moscow Europe Omnipotence Apologia Nothing Creation Ralph McInerny Profundis

Learned Ignorance

By Ralph McInerny

Preparing the index for The Logic of Analogy, nearly fifty years ago, was a mindless but highly enjoyable task. Page proofs and separate sheets of paper for each  letter of the alphabet were spread all over the table as I pored over the text and entered words, then page numbers on the sheets. After the … Continue reading Learned Ignorance

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Ignorance Dark  Fide Shakespeare Cathedra Transvaluation Whole Dio Human Rights Glass Houses Fiction Spending Depths Poet Diocletian 1968 Dickens Moscow Europe Omnipotence Apologia Nothing Creation Ralph McInerny Profundis

Ex Cathedra. Shut Up, He Explained

By Ralph McInerny

It is a nice question whether Orwell’s 1984 or Huxley’s Brave New World was the most prescient depiction of what modern society has become. Better living through chemistry or Big Brother is watching you? The current invocation of “academic freedom” to plead for the staging of homosexual propaganda on Catholic campuses suggests that Orwell was … Continue reading Ex Cathedra. Shut Up, He Explained

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De Profundis

By Ralph McInerny

Herman Melville is the most theological of American writers, even more so than his friend Nathaniel Hawthorne. Because Melville enjoyed such great popularity after the appearance of his early South Sea island adventures, it is surprising to find that Moby Dick was a commercial failure. The stock of the author plummeted precipitously, and for the … Continue reading De Profundis

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Ignorance Dark  Fide Shakespeare Cathedra Transvaluation Whole Dio Human Rights Glass Houses Fiction Spending Depths Poet Diocletian 1968 Dickens Moscow Europe Omnipotence Apologia Nothing Creation Ralph McInerny Profundis

To Be or Not To Be

By Ralph McInerny

A few years ago I came across a book entitled Claudel thomiste? and began it with some skepticism. For all of my life long love of Claudel, I thought the book would be an exercise in far-fetched interpretation. Not at all. The author made a strong case for the continuing influence on the great French … Continue reading To Be or Not To Be

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Transvaluation of Values

By Ralph McInerny

The English poet William Wordsworth referred to Mary as “our tainted nature’s solitary boast.” Could he possibly have understood the truth of what he said?  To ask the question seems smug, and so no doubt it is, suggesting that we think of Our Lady as narrowly “ours,” an object of devotion by Catholics, a devotion … Continue reading Transvaluation of Values

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The Desire and Pursuit of the Whole

By Ralph McInerny

“I was that narrowest of specialists, the well-rounded man.” Thus speaks Nick Carraway, the narrator of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The remark has a special significance in the novel, but it can be considered as a free-floating epigram and then we all know what it means. A friend of mine once described someone … Continue reading The Desire and Pursuit of the Whole

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Ignorance Dark  Fide Shakespeare Cathedra Transvaluation Whole Dio Human Rights Glass Houses Fiction Spending Depths Poet Diocletian 1968 Dickens Moscow Europe Omnipotence Apologia Nothing Creation Ralph McInerny Profundis

Dio C’è

By Ralph McInerny

For some years now one has found along the roads and highways of Italy the spray-painted message, Dio c’è.  This is true all over the peninsula as well as in Sicily and Sardinia. More often than not, the message is painted on an official highway sign, done hastily but legibly, and seemingly all by the … Continue reading Dio C’è

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