A Talk Given to Students at New College Franklin for Orientation (August 12th, Fall 2022) Continue reading Memento Mori: Magnanimity and Christian Learning
An eye is a part of the face, but what part of virtue is piety or justice? The problem of parts and wholes (mereology) is a central philosophical motif. When one begins to notice it, one notices it everywhere. That is because it is another way of framing the mystery of the one and the many. Continue reading Plato & Augustine: On Parts and Wholes
I am grateful to announce the publication of Three Acts: A Commentary on Plato’s Theaetetus. This was a lot fun to develop. It represents the fruit of my time studying at Holy Apostle’s College and Seminary and teaching at New College Franklin. I am grateful to En Route Books & Media for publishing it and … Continue reading Three Acts–A New Book on Plato’s Theaetetus
Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.—Ecclesiastes 12:12 This was recently added as the first chapter of a book I wrote on the Spiritual Disciplines. We need no great reason to write a book, but perhaps we need a good reason to publish what we … Continue reading Why Publish a Book?
I am grateful to announce the publication of On the Spiritual Disciplines: An Introduction to Christian Practice. From the back cover: This handbook introduces a Christian to the fundamental disciplines of the Christian life. It first discusses the meaning and goal of the spiritual disciplines. It then explores prayer, reading, the division of the day, … Continue reading On the Spiritual Disciplines–A New Book
Here is a recent paper on the source and character of mathematics. It is an exploration of Pythagorean-Platonic and Aristotelian-Thomistic accounts of mathematics and science. This paper argues that mathematics is a specific form of abstraction. It concludes that science remains authentic when it maintains an awareness that it is necessarily abstract or reductionist. It … Continue reading A Paper on the Mathematics
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.–Hebrews 11:6 What is it about faith that is pleasing to God? We can imagine a family of four brothers who have gone out for a kayak … Continue reading Dad is Going to Come
Did you hear that the Pharisees and Sadducees came together to entrap Jesus?
—‘I wish you would,’ cried my son Moses, ‘and I think,’ continued he, ‘that I should be able to answer you.’ ‘Very well, Sir,’ cried the ‘Squire, who immediately smoaked him,’ and winking on the rest of the company, to prepare us for the sport, if you are for a cool argument upon that subject, … Continue reading On the Abuse of Reason: A Contest of ‘Wits’ in Oliver Goldsmith’s The Vicar of Wakefield
Here is a link to a recently finished paper on Scripture, memory, and the Church. It focuses on how memory constitutes the community and communion of the Church. https://www.academia.edu/61068570/Scripture_as_the_Memory_of_Gods_People Continue reading Scripture as the Memory of God’s People