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A College Student’s Spiritual Survival Guide (2020)

College life poses many challenges to Catholic students -personal, emotional, physical, and perhaps most importantly, spiritual. Challenges to living out the Catholic faith on campus can come from peers who invite students to compromise their values with sex, drinking and drugs, or dishonest behavior. Academic pursuits and professors can challenge students to reject the truths of faith. This little book is intended to equip Catholic college students to prepare themselves to face both kinds of challenges, spiritual/moral and intellectual.

Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION — 1

PART I — PRAYER

  • WHAT IS PRAYER? — 2
  • PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES — 4
  • DAILY PRAYERS — 5
  • PRAYERS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS — 14
  • PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS — 20

PART II — THE CATHOLIC FAITH

  • INTRODUCTION — 22
  • ARE CATHOLICS SAVED? — 24
  • CATHOLICS AND THE BIBLE — 29
  • SACRAMENTS — 39
  • PURGATORY — 57
  • THE POPE: SIGN AND PRINCIPLE OF UNITY — 59
  • MARY, THE MOTHER OF GOD — 60
  • PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS — 62

An Overview of Thomistic Philosophy (Forthcoming)

Drawing on over twenty-five years of teaching, as well as writing and managing the Thomistic Philosophy Page, Dr. Magee provides a thorough and engaging outline of the fundamentals of the philosophical though of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Although the Angelic Doctor was a professional theologian, he incorporated a great deal of philosophy in his theological reflections, especially (though not exclusively) that of Aristotle, as well as innovating his own insights into the rational structure of reality, the human soul and moral reasoning. An Overview of Thomistic Philosophy leads the student of Aquinas’ philosophy through the elements that make it up and points to the contributions his philosophical insights make to an integrated human understanding of Sacred Doctrine, the knowledge proper to God and the Blessed.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to the Life and Work of Saint Thomas Aquinas
  2. Basics of Logic: the Art and Science of Reasoning
  3. Philosophy of Nature: the Study of Matter and Motion
  4. Philosophical Psychology: the Study of the Soul
  5. Metaphysics: the Study of Being as Being
  6. Natural Theology: Knowing God through His Creatures
  7. Ethics: the Study of Good and Evil Human Acts and Virtues
  8. Political Thought: the Study of the Common Good
  9. Sacred Theology: Knowing God through Divine Revelation

Unmixing the Intellect: Aristotle on Cognitive Powers and Bodily Organs (Greenwood 2003)

In this work, Dr. Magee argues that, according to the principles he develops throughout the De Anima, Aristotle successfully concludes to a strong sense of the separateness of mind (nous) insofar as its activity occurs apart from the body. Because of the contrast Aristotle draws between mind and the senses in his arguments, Dr. Magee examines closely his understanding of sensation and the sense powers. In the course of this analysis, Dr. Magee argues against various interpreters who claim that Aristotle’s theory of mind is an ancient iteration of cognitivism, functionalism or some version of supervenience.

Table of Contents
Preface — ix
Introduction — xi
Abbreviations for Works of Aristotle — xix

  1. Aristotle and Contemporary Theories of Mind — 1
  2. The Separability of Nous and Cognitivist Functionalism — 25
  3. The Similarities between Nous and Sense — 53
  4. The Relationship of Sense Powers to Their Organs — 75
  5. The Difference between Aisthesis and Nous — 117

Bibliography — 145
Index — 153

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