Joan of Arc's Platonic Mysticism

Joan of Arc’s Platonic Mysticism – Our Thesis

This profound moment in our understanding of Joan of Arc's spirituality (see the previous chapter) leads us now to an expanded discussion and the necessity of a general statement of our thesis. If Joan's inquisitors in 1431 were part of a new school of philosophical thought, one that endures even to this day, versus Joan… Continue reading Joan of Arc’s Platonic Mysticism – Our Thesis

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Joan of Arc’s philosophical defense during her Inquisition

Question: What sort of help say you that this voice has brought you for the salvation of your soul? Joan: It has taught me to conduct myself well, to go habitually to church… Question: Have you some other sign that these voices are good spirits? Joan: Saint Michael assured me of it before the voices… Continue reading Joan of Arc’s philosophical defense during her Inquisition

Edith Stein

Edith Stein – reconciling Phenomenology with Thomas Aquinas

One of the many philosophical rushing, whitewater rapids Edith Stein helped me cross safely is that of reconciling Thomas Aquinas with my more Platonized (Augustinian) worldview. Is not Thomas the Angelic Doctor who baptized Aristotle, notably in his Summa Theologica? Should Aristotelianism now supersede Platonism as the natural paradigm through which we understand the supernatural?… Continue reading Edith Stein – reconciling Phenomenology with Thomas Aquinas

Royal Quips

AOC and the overturning of Aristotelian thought

What I love about AOC is the wholesale overturning of Aristotelian thought that has ruled the West for the past eight hundred years. She and her cohort are examples of Platonic reasoning, and it highlights the differences between the two philosophers. All of us lead either with Aristotle or Plato. Libertarian, "Enlightenment," Jeffersonian thought is… Continue reading AOC and the overturning of Aristotelian thought

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“It’s more important to be morally right than factually correct.” I agree with her.

I actually agree with the top comment attributed to Ocasio-Cortez in the meme below, despite the ridicule she has received on social media. Faith should come before reason, and faith should inform reason, so long as faith remains open to the facts and to drawing logical conclusions. This is Plato (top) versus Aristotle (bottom). For… Continue reading “It’s more important to be morally right than factually correct.” I agree with her.

Critique of Rousseau

The Royal Heart and Rousseau

I love my enemies. Or, at least I try to love my enemies, especially those who are philosophers. Jeanne-Jacques Rousseau is a good example. Reading through the first section of his Social Contract, I see much with which many Americans would agree but much with which I cannot agree. Still, I like what I see… Continue reading The Royal Heart and Rousseau

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St. Joan of Arc, Plato, and Aristotle (or, St. Joan versus the American and French Revolutions)

We have two warring philosophies in Western society and perhaps in the whole world. These are the Platonic and Aristotelian paradigms (see Arthur Herman, The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization.) Our philosophical views determine how we decide what is true and therefore how we… Continue reading St. Joan of Arc, Plato, and Aristotle (or, St. Joan versus the American and French Revolutions)

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Joan of Arc will show you how to let God explain His point of view

"In this great darkness make our faith A light to be our constant guide That we may choose the narrow way And not the way of wounded pride." (From the Magnificat hymn of September 3rd) Jesus said, “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man… Continue reading Joan of Arc will show you how to let God explain His point of view

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A life saving new world view – Thanks to St. Joan of Arc

"You know that I have taught you statutes and justices, as the Lord my God hath commanded me: so shall you do them in the land which you shall possess: And you shall observe, and fulfill them in practice. For this is your wisdom, and understanding in the sight of nations, that hearing all these precepts,… Continue reading A life saving new world view – Thanks to St. Joan of Arc

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Our problem is Philosophy not Theology

We seem led to believe that the crisis in the modern world began in the sixties, perpetuated through the revolution in the Church at Vatican II. However, we should consider that this crisis began much further back in time, in fact, all the way back to the vaunted golden age of Christendom, the 13th century.… Continue reading Our problem is Philosophy not Theology