Joined: Nov. 15, 2011
I’m 67 years old. I have a MA in Religious Studies from Manhattan College. I’ve been teaching high school theology for 45 years. Presently I’m teaching moral theology at Catholic Central H.S., Troy N.Y. to 11th graders. I set up VonH value philosopy right at the beginning of the course.
Jan. 25 at 11:46am | Comments: 3 | Most recent comment: Jan. 30 at 11:43am
The US military will now allow women to participate directly in combat. I think this is indicative of the erosion of gender appropriate roles in society. Allowing for appropriate exceptions, it is important for the wellbeing of society that men be involved more than women in actions meant to protect others. Soldiering is an example par excellence of such an action. Women, on the other hand, should be given a preference for those actions meant to nurture others. Home making...
Jun. 27 at 7:58pm | Comments: 4 | Most recent comment: Jun. 30 at 8:37am
An article in Crisis magazine, “What’s Behind the Mandate?” by Gerard Bradley unmasks the Obama Administration’s fundamental empiricism on two fronts—the ontological and the existential. Ontologically Bradley notes that Obama’s asserts that those who want to place limitations on the availability of contraception, abortion and same sex marriage, base their opinion on religious convictions which, as such, are subjective and cannot be validated by objective measures and so consequently...
May. 25 at 2:56pm | Comments: 3 | Most recent comment: May. 28 at 7:33am
Jules: I’ve finished reading K and listening to your presentation. Some reflections on part 2: K’s insistence that for suffering to be meaningful the sufferer must not lose the will to happiness is of vital importance. I think it meets two strong dangers. One is a sadistic trend inherent in human nature (Freud called this tendency "Thanatos" after the Greek god of death). The second danger is from the puritanical strand in Christianity which sees the...
Apr. 28 at 11:01am | Comments: 4 | Most recent comment: May. 10 at 9:29pm
Thank you Jules for presenting in a very clear way the first 7 chapters of Purity of Heart.I also read the chapters. Here are some reflections. The section on not forcing the good is very insightful and of capital importance. Respecting the organic process of growth is a critical quality in one's endeavors to be creative. To have this respect towards development necessitates patience on the part of the creator. I think the connection Kierkegaard makes between...
Apr. 6 at 10:29am | Comments: 1 | Most recent comment: Apr. 12 at 10:20pm
Katie’s phenomenology of shame was excellent. I like the metaphor of different rooms in one’s house that one invites others into only under certain conditions. I also like the example of pulling down the shades at night, not because we are ashamed of our situation, but because there is a zone of privacy in human relations that needs safeguarding for its organic development. Speaking of “organic development”, Anne Dillard, the novelist, tells how as...
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