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Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Moral Collapse of Nation

How did it come to this? Sebastian Haffner’s Account of Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Moral Collapse of Nation In early May (May 1-3) of this year, an international group of Bonhoeffer scholars and interested graduate students will discuss the idea of Christian Humanism in Bonhoeffer’s theology and in the works of the well-known American [...]

Gadamer and Austrian Economics: The Hermeneutics Debate Revisited

Over the past couple of years I’ve been very grateful to participate in various events with the Institute for Humane Studies in Washington, D.C. Although the IHS does stand in a particular tradition of economic thought (they claim the label “classical liberal,” but use the term rather loosely), they organize what I think are some [...]

The Lust of Agreement: On How to [Dis]agree

Perhaps the most influential political philosopher of the latter half of the twentieth century is the late Harvard professor, John Rawls. In his magnum opus, A Theory of Justice, he famously outlines a thought experiment with which he intends to emphasis the plausibility of his conception of justice. This thought experiment is called “the veil of [...]

Thomas Aquinas and the Language of Analogy

Strewn throughout the innumerable pages of the Christian tradition are reflections about how it is possible for human beings to talk about God. Indeed, if by our understandings of God we mean something close to what the theologian Paul Tillich described as “ultimate concern,” there is little else that could rival this topic in terms [...]

Henri de Lubac’s Catholicism (pt. 3)

In part two of Henri de Lubac’s Catholicism, the author assumes the task of expounding on the profound uniqueness of the Christian proclamation as essentially the inventors of what is now commonly understood to be “history”. He does so brilliantly–showing that Christian history is inseparable from its eschatological vision of the salvation of humankind through Christ. [...]

Foundationalism and the Contemporary God Debate (pt. 2)

In this two-part series, I have attempted to provide a humanist response to the controversial philosophical methodology of “foundationalism” employed in the contemporary “God Debate.” Part 1 was a purely descriptive account of foundationalism. This entry is a critical response. In my last post, I described the most prevalent philosophical methodology in the contemporary “God Debate”: namely, foundationalism. Although the following is [...]

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