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The Myth of Self

The Myth of Self

In a previous post I discussed the importance of Rene Descartes in shaping modern philosophy and much of the modern world. This is evident from two of his most important ideas: (a) the endorsement of radical doubt and (b) the conception of the self. I have already...

Episode 75: What is ‘Christian’ about Hope?

Episode 75: What is ‘Christian’ about Hope?

Episode 75: What is 'Christian' about Hope? In this episode, Jason and Dr. Smith discuss different aspects of hope. We cover:- The idea of hope- The passion of hope according to St. Thomas- The object of kinds of hope- Natural hope- The Virtue of Hope vs Passion of...

Episode 71: Lent: To Stand Down

Episode 71: Lent: To Stand Down

Lent: To Stand Down In this episode, Jason and Dr. Bulzacchelli discuss Lent and lenten practices and most importantly, the legitimacy of the Impossible Burger during Lent. We cover:- The meaning of "lentare"- Doing more or doing less?- The example of the monks- Book...

What should I do for Lent?

What should I do for Lent?

What should I do for Lent?  Let’s start by slamming some really bad advice you’re likely to get: Instead of giving something up for Lent, do something extra! No!  Don’t.  Let me tell you why. To start with, the term “Lent” means exactly the opposite of “do something...

Episode 69: Understanding the Modern Mind

Episode 69: Understanding the Modern Mind

Understanding the Modern Mind In this episode, Jason and Dr. Smith discuss what is called Post Post-Modernism or "Po-Po-Mo". We cover:- Kant and Modernism- Post Modernism- Social Constructs and Objectivity- Privileged Discourse - Post Post Modernism- Critiques of...

Episode 67: Understanding the Trinity

Episode 67: Understanding the Trinity

Understanding the Trinity In this episode, Jason and Dr. Bulzacchelli discuss the topic of his upcoming course on the Trinity. We cover:- The difficulty of the task- The term 'Father' and other male language- The difference between 'that' and 'how'- The Foundation of...

Episode 66: The Totality of the Epiphany

Episode 66: The Totality of the Epiphany

The Totality of the Epiphany In this episode, Jason and Dr. Bulzacchelli discuss the feast days of Epiphany and Baptism of the Lord. We cover:- Christmas, Epiphany, Baptism of the Lord- The Magi- The Star- God uses the Star- Eschatological considerations to these...

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