Category Archives: Theology

Sacra Doctrina Project

John Brungardt informs us of a promising new initiative that ‘aims to contribute to the Church’s longstanding tradition of seeking a knowledge through causes that is certain and evident about the source of our salvation that is still, at its height, … Continue reading

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Discussing Elijah

I had a wonderful discussion of Elijah’s journey to Mt. Carmel (1 Kings 19) with St. Augustine Academy students. You never know where discussions will lead, and what students will come up with, if you can get students to talk, … Continue reading

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Is Morality Determined by Culture?

Many consider “cultural relativism” a new phenomenon. But people have long recognized that cultures differ in their moral beliefs and practices. It was not a modern anthropologist, but the Greek historian Herodotus who observed, “if one were to offer men to … Continue reading

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Moral Judgments – Facts or Opinions?

Allan Bloom began his Closing of the American Mind with this memorable observation: “There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative.” (25) College … Continue reading

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Are there answers for human life apart from science?

There are always students at the beginning of my Moral Theology course who wonder why the class matters. To them, “moral theology” is perhaps a pretentious way of getting immersed in a set of rules dictated by the Church. For … Continue reading

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Using discussions of Scripture to supplement Moral Theology

Since my first child entered high school, I have volunteered at St. Augustine Academy to help teach Moral Theology.  The first year, I simply used the Didache’s textbook, Our Moral Life in Christ, but found it unsuitable at provoking and … Continue reading

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The Heavenly Goal of Sacred Theology

St. Thomas Aquinas begins his great work, the Summa Theologiae, with a question about the nature of Sacred Theology, which he prefers to call “sacra doctrina” or “sacred teaching”.  Formally what we are doing in Sacred Theology is studying the … Continue reading

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