Monthly Archives: July 2015

In The Last Days

When Peter quotes from the prophet Joel at the end of his Pentecost sermon, he seems to begin the quotation with the words, “And it will be in the last days, says the LORD, I will pour out my Spirit … Continue reading

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Kantian Newman

In chapter five of his Apologia, Newman writes, If I looked into a mirror, and did not see my face, I should have the sort of feeling which actually comes upon me, when I look into this living busy world, and … Continue reading

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Matthew’s Earthquakes

Matthew, alone among the Evangelists, reports that at Jesus’ death, there was a great earthquake and that many who had died were suddenly raised to life (Matt 27:51-52). Indeed, Matthew has an unusual fascination with earthquakes: he reports three of them (8:24, … Continue reading

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Abrahamic David

According to its inscription, Psalm 72 is in praise of Solomon, for his mercy, piety, and might. Towards the end, the psalmist exclaims, “May men bless themselves (יִתְבָּרְכוּ) by him, all nations (גֹּויִם) call him blessed!” (Ps 72:17, RSV) This has … Continue reading

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Freedom and Necessity in Pascal, Leibniz, and Kant

A Leitmotiv of the Pensees is Pascal’s Augustinian reflections on the conversion of the nations as a providential fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Late in the work, he takes up this theme to argue that the Church outdoes the pagan philosophers, … Continue reading

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According to Our Works

The Psalmist writes, “Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work” (Ps 62:12). On their face, the two halves of this verse are paradoxical: doesn’t it belong to mercy not to render … Continue reading

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Radhakrishnan’s Gnostic Christ

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a thinker of extraordinary range — the short excerpt one of his works in the Source Book of Indian Philosophy includes quotations from the Upanishads, Shamkara, and the Buddha alongside Plato, the Bible, Plotinus, Eckhart, Calvin, William James, … Continue reading

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Scruton Defends Locke’s “Primary Qualities”

In his A Short History of Modern Philosophy, Roger Scruton defends Locke’s distinction of an object’s “primary” from its “secondary qualities. ” The distinction works like this: “whereas primary qualities resemble the ideas that are produced by them, secondary qualities do … Continue reading

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Ramanuja, Aurobindo, and Hart on the One and the Many

Shankara is a famous advocate for a fully monist interpretation of the Upanishads and the Vedanta philosophy that developed from it. For instance: “The difference between the individual self and the highest Lord is owing to wrong knowledge only” (1.3.19,Sourcebook of Indian Philosophy, 515). … Continue reading

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Augustine, Text Critic

In his Harmony of the Gospels, Augustine spends a few paragraphs why Matthew would have referred a prophecy to Jeremiah that more properly ought to be attributed to Zechariah (cf. Matt 27:9). Like a good historical-critical NT scholar, he first considers … Continue reading

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