Articles tagged: augustine

On God & Goodness: 8 Lessons on the Euthyphro Dilemma


SPL Staff • July 24th, 2016

Listers, does God will something because it is good or is something good because God wills it? The question lies at the heart of the dialogue Euthyphro, written by Plato c. 399-395 BC, recounting a conversation between Socrates and a man named Euthyphro on the meaning of holiness. Though the... Read More →

Great Books: 31 Political Works Recommended by Faithful Catholic Colleges

Literature Philosophy

SPL Staff • May 15th, 2015

Listers, certain "Great Books" have shaped the course of the Western world. Mortimer J. Adler, a Roman Catholic philosopher and professor, presented three criterion for a book to be considered "great," he stated: The book has contemporary significance: that is, it has relevance to the problems... Read More →

Early Church: 12 Quotes on Homosexuality and Other Sexual Sins

History Theology

SPL Staff • April 7th, 2013

1. The Didache "You shall not commit murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not commit pederasty, you shall not commit fornication, you shall not steal, you shall not practice magic, you shall not practice witchcraft, you shall not murder a child by abortion nor kill one that has been... Read More →

The 2 Books by Cardinal Ratzinger that Will Change Your Life

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • March 9th, 2013

Listers, if Catholics are to live a life of virtue then there are two primary sciences - bodies of knowledge - all Catholics should study: the "Noble Science" and the "Queen of the Sciences." The corpus of writings from Cardinal Ratzinger is as vast and as it is impressive. An excellent survey of... Read More →

Catholic Countdown: The Top 20 Lists of 2012


SPL Staff • January 28th, 2013

Listers, in little over a year St. Peter's List has become a rapidly growing community of faithful Catholics. Our I Stand with the Catholic Church graphics have been used in religious liberty rallies around the nation and listers have sent fantastic photos of themselves and their loved ones... Read More →

Modern Man Has Lost His Way: 13 Comments on the Western Heritage of Christ and Socrates

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • January 7th, 2013

Listers, Father James V. Schall S.J. is one of the preeminent Catholic political thinkers of our time. Fr. Schall's "The Point of Medieval Political Philosophy" is found within his collection of excellent essays entitled The Mind That Is Catholic: Philosophical & Political Essays__ (p.... Read More →

The Educated Catholic Voter: 10 Lists on the Catholic Citizen

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • October 29th, 2012

Listers in lieu of some comparison of fleeting political platforms and promises, SPL presents a collection of lists that articulates the Church's timeless political principles. The following lists pull from USCCB documents that address particular American politics, Vatican documents that address... Read More →

Lust and Our Common Good: 4 Observations by St. Thomas Aquinas


SPL Staff • October 3rd, 2012

Listers, a portion of St. Thomas Aquinas' brilliance is attributed to his ability to state that which we all already know but struggle to articulate. The question Is lust a sin? seems absurd, but by asking these questions and answering them in thomistic fullness the Angelic Doctor is able to lead... Read More →

8 Thoughts on Whether Gluttony Is a Sin

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • August 1st, 2012

Listers, the following is taken in full from St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica II-II.148.1 On Gluttony. The Summa Theologica is widely considered the magnum opus of the Angelic Doctor's short life. The work is broken down into a question and answer format and its importance is best summed up... Read More →

The Enchanted Forest: 6 Political Teachings from St. Augustine

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • July 16th, 2012

Listers, the science of politics is the "noble science," because it is the highest practical science. Theology- more specifically the Sacred Doctrine of the Catholic Church - is the "Queen of the Sciences." Understanding her queenly role alongside politics has been the endeavor of many great... Read More →

5 Questions on the Difference Between Knowledge and Wisdom

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • June 19th, 2012

Listers, the distinction between knowledge and wisdom is a simple one, but one that can have a profound effect upon those who practice it. It is the principle that should govern Catholic education, and the foundation upon which the Liberal Arts were composed. Whether it is the ancient tomes of... Read More →

6 Books for a Proper Introduction to Catholic Political Thought


SPL Staff • June 14th, 2012

**Listers, the following texts provide an in depth introduction to Catholic political thought. **The works are arranged in a sapiential order, i.e., the prescribed order has an intentional didactic development, which should help the reader be introduced to the great depth of the Catholic... Read More →

Pope Benedict XVI’s 11 Introductory Steps to Understanding the Writings of Aquinas

History Theology

SPL Staff • June 12th, 2012

Listers, Pope Benedict XVI closes his three-part catechesis over St. Thomas Aquinas by discussing the Angelic Doctor's Summa Theologiae and catechetical sermons. The following is the entire homily given by His Holiness during the Wednesday General Audience of the 23th of June 2010. SPL has added... Read More →

Queen of the Sciences: 4 Questions to Understand the Throne of Theology

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • April 27th, 2012

Queen of the Sciences: Understanding the Throne of Theology [Part 1] Listers, before we begin, let me say what this post is and is not. It is not necessarily apologetic in nature, because I have left out many of the arguments that would be necessary for a typical Catholic vs Atheist debate. What... Read More →

A Thomistic Catechesis On War: 4 Lists from Aquinas

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • March 28th, 2012

Listers, the following is SPL's presentation of the Angelic Doctor's treatment of war as taught within his Summa Theologica II-II.40. All four articles have been address and summarized and can be seen in full list form by clicking the title-links. The "Just War Theory" is arguably one of the most... Read More →

The Elephant and the Lamb: 7 Catholic Quotes on Scripture


SPL Staff • February 28th, 2012

Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome   If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself. St. Augustine   The Holy Bible is like a mirror before our mind's eye. In it we... Read More →

Think Like a Catholic: 7 Questions on the Four Laws

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • February 27th, 2012

Listers, if we are to be Catholic we must think like Catholics. Too often Catholics - both sides of the American political aisle - try to be Catholic according to the precepts and philosophies of modernity and its intellectual trends. We push our Catholicism into the contraints of something alien... Read More →

Tactics: 6 Thoughts on Whether It Is Lawful to Lay Ambushes in War

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • February 9th, 2012

Listers, in his third article discussing war, St. Thomas Aquinas raises a question of "just tactics" or rather whether or not ambushes and other "deceptive" maneuvers are permissible in a just war. The Angelic Doctor speaks of war under the heading of those things which are contrary to peace, and... Read More →

Catholics and War: 7 Thoughts from St. Thomas Aquinas


SPL Staff • February 1st, 2012

Listers, the following section is taken in its entirety from St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica: II-II.40.1. The Angelic Doctor discusses War under those things contrary to Peace, which is itself listed under the "Mother of All Virtues," Charity. For the sake of clarity - especially for those... Read More →

5 Ways the Incarnation Pulled Humanity From Evil


SPL Staff • December 26th, 2011

Listers, during Christmastime Catholics are often struck by the humility of God to wrap himself in human nature. It is normally reserved for Lent and Easter to reflect upon the mission of Christ, and the effects of his death upon the Cross. However, the Incarnation, the Cross, and the... Read More →
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