Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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Sts. Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas, Differences in Method on Route to the Same Glorious Ends

St. Bonaventure Bagnoregio, who was disciple of St. Francis and a Cardinal & Doctor of the Church differed with St. Thomas in some respects:

"According to the motto of St.Bonaventure, one must always begin with the center and the center is no other than Christ: ipse est medium omnium scientiarum. It is not surprising then that he should have criticized this or that thesis of St. Thomas---the thesis for instance of the unity of the form in man, or that of the simplicity of angelic substances, etc...

"Thus for [St. Bonaventure], the philosophy of St. Albert and St. Thomas was of necessity in error because while it situated Christ in the center of theology, it did not situate Him in the center of philosophy; and we might show by a great number of examples to what degree this problem appears in St. Bonaventure's eyes as dominating the whole discussion". ---The Philosophy of St. Bonaventure, Etienne Gilson, St. Anthony Guild press, Patterson, NJ, 1963, Pp28f

Note: The way I see it is that, as has often been noted, Truth is symphonic in the splendor of orthodox Catholic teaching; so you can be sure that for me I see absolutely no slight intended here to St. Thomas. Gilson we know was a lifelong Thomist. So "error" here, I suspect, is relative to methodology and hermeneutical points of departure ("one must always begin with..."), not always in propositions per se, even if sometimes "this or that thesis" stand in tension, and the one approaches the same end via different angles from the other, sometimes differing along the same Way. Just as light is refracted in many splendid ways through a diamond, so the various charisms in the fathers and monastic traditions in the Church is played out from those different angles, making theology all the more rich and wonderful. We see the same thing in the Gospels, where the same salvific events are recited to the original 'Communities of the Beloved' from different perspectives. The marvel of the monastic tradition in service to the Church is seen precisely in that the Franciscans were not the Dominicans, who were not the Benedictines or Carthusians, who were not Carmelites, etc---and yet in all that orthodox diversity, they were always one in pointing to the Trinitarian One.

Note: Another remarkable thing about St. Thomas and the Fathers is how willing most were to study and appropriate whatever was true in ancient pagan philosophy. They knew how to separate the wheat and the chaff in all systems and recommended such learning as a way to engage human thought on route to Christ and His Church.

As the good denotes that toward which the appetite tends, so the true denotes that toward which the intellect tends.- Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae
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--->Memes not Viruses: Some who oppose our postmodern nihilist superstructure today use nasty means to resist and seek change. Theodore Kaczynski, aka, the Unabomber, opted for bombs. He was a smart man in some respects, but for that. Not everyone who is smart is good, needless to say. Now he is locked away in a useless cell. He hurt people and persuaded few, despite his published treatise which was published only at the end under duress. Very few paid attention to his words then, whatever their merits. It was too late for his ideas. Others prefer to unleash electronic computer viruses as a way of culture jamming. But that only thwarts the unleashing of truth and risks the consequences of breaking the law.

There are all kinds of jihadists today, ideological extremists of every stripe. But when Jesus stood before those who chose to be his enemies he nonviolently spoke the Truth. He chose memes not viruses, not jihad. And that I believe is the way for us. Even if the Internet goes down one day, there will always be other ways of speaking truth. And we must believe in the power of Truth if we are Christians. We're not trying to overthrow governments, but to change the hearts of men through reason, justice, love. And these are memes because they are contagious, even as they are nonviolent. Because even darkness implies the Light. And many are drawn by its power.

Has there ever been a word that spoke so powerfully as the Cross of Jesus? To this day its message 'transmits' across the globe awakening hearts every minute of the day. This Word which is the power and wisdom of God can never be vanquished.
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those who are being saved it is the power of God---1 Cor 1:18

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord"---Rom 8:38-39

--> Modern art was CIA 'weapon'. Revealed: how the spy agency used unwitting artists such as Pollock and de Kooning in a cultural Cold War. "For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art - including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko - as a weapon in the Cold War. In the manner of a Renaissance prince - except that it acted secretly - the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years..." Note: It also served the added advantage of attacking traditional Western culture and morals in the interests of creating the Western version of the New Man. See also in this connection E. Michael Jones' Degenerate Moderns: Modernity As Rationalized Sexual Misbehavior, also Libido Dominandi: Sexual Liberation & Political Control, and Living Machines: Bauhaus Architecture As Sexual Ideology ---all available at Amazon.com

Just as an aside, in the above report on art and Black-Ops this line jumped out at me: "William Paley, the president of CBS broadcasting and a founding father of the CIA..." Hmmm... I did not know that. Is that, er, an All-Seeing Eye which is the logo of CBS?

--->Babel Redux: Are We Entering an Era of Self-Directed 'Evolution'? Stephen Hawkings thinks so...

--->Medvedev's Grim View of Russia's Economy...

--->John Beeler has a hilarious backtracking in time
to, er, political attack Ads of old....

Guess--->Meanwhile, here's a story perky Katy Couric never told us...

--->Nanotech Particles Pose Serious DNA Risks to Humans and the Environment... "Personal products you may use daily and think are harmless—cosmetics, suntan lotion, socks, and sports clothes—may all contain atom-sized nanotech particles, some of which have been shown to sicken and kill workers in plants using nanotechnology."

--->Mormonism heads to Rome. I hope the Masonic secularists who strong-armed and all but sacked the Eternal City in the 19th century enjoy the carnival... Well, it's missionary opportunity! The anti-family secularists will almost surely offend us all equally.

--->Homeownership at lowest level in a decade...

Election night is over here in the states. It is hard for me to be enthusiastic. The GOP will now have to pay off the multinationals which bought them, propelled them to the top, and, like the Democrats, they too appear unwilling to stop the babies from dying for profit in Planned Parenthood's abortion mills, and the innocent from dying in unjust foreign wars; meanwhile, guilt, the shadow which plagues bad deeds, breeds domestic institutional paranoia. We hear over and over how "great" we are. But it is all stale rhetoric now, our deeds speak louder and we know it. Is there hope? Yes there is always hope. But our representatives and the powers must have a change of heart if they are to meet God one day with clean hands. Certainly we hope. Because the glitter of power fades fast, and often bitterly. So now we move towards Advent to greet anew the only real Light of the world.

Choice--->Record 106 homosexual candidates elected in 2010... ; our children will pick up this bill, this ongoing institutionalizing of moral anarchy. There will be educational / lobbying / funding implications.

--->Sugar Creek Catholic Workers know how to have a good time...

--->UK: Google 'Street View' broke information law

--->Opinion: The Insane Prelude To The Corporate Takeover Of The Planet...By Siv O'Neall...(click) "The United States is already far from being the lone superpower, the monolith, the role that it has forever had such colossal ambitions to play. The Über-nation that no other nation could even begin to assail or ever doubt its unbeatable power. The 'superpower' is in its death throes, even though on its surface it still keeps the looks of a giant. Underneath the veneer, the country is collapsing. We have seen the signs again and again. Its politics are in a tumultuous meltdown. The politicians who were crying out loudly for law and order have now lost all control. There is only confusion and lawlessness in the big country in the West." Note: I can only hope it's not that late. We presumably can still turn back to decency and sanity?

--->Shift in Washington Stirs Economic Jitters Abroad...

--->Russia's FSB to WikiLeaks: We could destroy you. Russia's internal security service, the FSB, seems to be taking WikiLeaks' threat to spill dirt on the Kremlin pretty seriously, according to Russia Profile...Read more Note: I wouldn't doubt it. Some say Russia knows how to play hardball (Click)...

--->Catholic League: National Public Radio's (NPR) double standard...

--->The Remnant: FedWatch: "Cheese-It, the Feds!"...Read it all

--->France and UK plan unprecedented military cooperation...

--->CNN: Facebook knows when you'll break up...

--->RT Video Report: Print & Pump: 'Fed's $500 billion boost to feed mega-banks'...See it...

--->Opinion: U.S. "Quantitative Easing" is Fracturing the Global Economy...

--->Iranian Woman Accused of Adultery Not Executed ...Yet

--->True of False? The Pontifical Academy of Sciences was founded in 1603. It is independent from the Vatican and its function is to report to and advise the Pope and bishops on scientific topics. A. True

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