Show us Thy Face!

St. Thomas summarizes perennial wisdom when he defines evil as the absence of good. But what defines the good whose absence constitutes evil? In its broadest sense, “good is everything appetible,” or worth desiring. “Since every nature desires its own being and perfection,” it follows that, according to the objective order of things, “the beingContinue reading “Show us Thy Face!”

The Spirit of (Genuine) Disputation

[Genuine disputation] has as its sole purpose the clarification of objective substance. Clarifying speech in particular is animated by respect for the adversary. He is respected as a fellow seeker after truth. Disputing, conducting genuine debate, means expressly granting the other the right both to understand what we mean and critically to examine our statementsContinue reading “The Spirit of (Genuine) Disputation”