Happy Feast of St. Louis IX of France

That will settle the Manichees! There is an amusing story told about St. Thomas Aquinas I have always liked. Once, friar Thomas was invited to dine at the table of the King of France, Louis IX, who would eventually be canonized a saint, too. Brother Thomas, fell silent as the meal and conversation continued aroundContinue reading “Happy Feast of St. Louis IX of France”

Why Isn’t Everyone Catholic (part 2)?

Bad Catholics from the Past and Bad Philosophy In my previous post I related that when I began to investigate how I might explain and defend the Catholic faith, I found that sometimes I agreed with skeptical critiques of distinctively Protestant beliefs, yet I was very convinced of the inadequacy of physicalist explanations of natureContinue reading “Why Isn’t Everyone Catholic (part 2)?”

Why Isn’t Everyone Catholic (part 1)?

Bad Catholics If it is true, as I have claimed, that a compelling case can be made that you (or anyone) can find ultimate fulfillment in knowing and loving God, who is all good and deserving of all your love, by living your life as a committed Catholic, it may seem perplexing that anyone isContinue reading “Why Isn’t Everyone Catholic (part 1)?”

All Good and Deserving of All My Love

Explanations and defenses of the truth of the Catholic faith tend to be written by converts. Perhaps this is natural and to be expected: a convert, by definition, has changed his or her set or system of beliefs about God, Jesus, the Bible and the Church (among others) from alternative views, and has had toContinue reading “All Good and Deserving of All My Love”