Posts Tagged ‘Aquinas’

A Theology of Vision and Pornography

“When he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8: 44). But can a lie be more than words? In his accusation, Jesus is calling Satan the master deceiver. Satan even goes as far as using our senses to twist perception itself to distort mankind’s view of nature.

St. Thomas Aquinas elaborates on the integral role that senses play in mankind’s spiritual well-being,...

Thanksgiving: Gratitude Directed to the Void

If you are a user of Facebook, you can’t miss the Thanksgiving–related posts that likely populate your newsfeed. It has become a trend to post each day of November, specifying daily something for which you are thankful. Friends express gratitude for their families, for their health, for their jobs, and yes, even for the hardships they’ve endured. This exercise reminds me to recall all of the things for which I am grateful, but it also...

Aristotle and Aquinas: The Vital Difference

An easy, but accurate way of distinguishing the ethics of Aristotle from that of Aquinas lies in examining the fundamental questions they ask. Aristotle’s ethics is the protracted answer to three basic questions:

(1) Who am I?  (2) How should I live?  (3) Where am I going?

To these questions, Aristotle responds by explaining that we are social beings; that we should live a life of virtue in accordance with reason; and that...

Virtue and Music: Raising the Bar

I once wrote a book called Music and Morals in which I tried to show that some music has a dispositive effect on the moral life...