Friday, August 22, 2008

We now return to our regularly scheduled program

So, as the last brief ethics post should make clear, I'm done writing about specific current events for the moment. Certain current events may inspire a brief post or two--after all, we do have an election coming up--but I'm done dealing with particular current events for at least awhile.

Looking back, that first post on the situation in the Caucasus was intemperate. At least the original post, though I think the edited addition was calmer and better laid out. Which I suppose goes to show that none of us are on-the-ball all the time. At least I'm not.

Anyway, back to regular postings. Though that sometimes means little to no posting unless an idea crosses my mind that keeps the thesis writing from progressing. Still, there are one or two posts I've mentioned that I really do want to write. The first one I'll try to get posted is the one I promised a commenter on predestination, hopefully before the end of the month.

Veritas et Caritas.


Anonymous said...


You have a great blog here! I just hope you continue to demonstrate concrete examples of traditional logic and reasoning as you have done so in the various preceding matters.

Indeed, it serves a greater good!

God bless you and your endeavors!
- e.

brendon said...

Thank you for the compliment. It's always nice to know that this blog is a part of a conversation, even if it is sometimes only in the reader's mind, rather than just a monologue.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure a compliment constitutes a conversation, but whatever floats your boat!

brendon said...

Well a conversation can happen without two people speaking or typing back-and-forth to each other. I have conversations with St. Thomas all the time when I engage his thought and ask questions and try to see if he answered them elsewhere &c. If someone is reading the blog they are hopefully engaging what I write, even if just in their own heads. And thus we have entered into conversation with each other, even if just by analogy. And since I try to rely upon the works of St. Thomas Aquinas and other such great minds, hopefully something I write, however unimportant it is in itself, will inspire a reader to take up the works of such men and enter into the great conversation that is the history of Western civilization, of Christendom.

I really hope that doesn't sound self-important, since, insofar as I can be compared to my teachers, my own importance is very small.

Anonymous said...

It can only be a conversation (i.e., within how you put it in the framework above) if and only if what you are getting from St. Thomas is genuinely his words rather than what you might merely perceive are his words (if that makes any sense).

If it is nothing more than eisegesis, then it becomes nothing more than simply monologue.

Interesting thought though in your above comment.