Posts Tagged ‘St. Paul’

Marriage and the Two Pauls

“It is the mystery of Christ…which bestows upon marriage, as on all lesser relationships, its character of mystery.” (Hans Urs von Balthasar)

I believe much light can be shed on marriage, family, and sex – indeed on the entire Christian moral life – by reflecting on Venerable Pope Paul VI’s prophetic 1968 Encyclical on contraception, Humanae Vitae (HV) together with St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians (61-63 A.D.). I will closely link...

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...