Andrew Fulford Archive Authors Nota Bene Sacred Doctrine

Edmund Calamy’s Art of Divine Meditation

Since my time reading Dallas Willard in my early 20s, I’ve been interested in the practice of meditation. My diligence in the discipline has waxed and waned throughout my life, with periods where it had deep effect and others where I came up dry. Yet, my growing appreciation for Thomistic psychology has confirmed the potential […]

Archive Book Reviews Laurence O’Donnell Philosophy

“For me to live is truth”: Sertillanges’s The Intellectual Life

A. G. Sertillanges, O.P., The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods, trans. Mary Ryan (1987; repr. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press 1998). How does one acquire the treasure of knowledge?1 What duties, habits, virtues, and practices ought to order the Christian intellectual’s soul in his pursuit of truth? What does daily life […]

Andrew Fulford Archive Authors Book Reviews Philosophy Reformed Irenicism Sacred Doctrine

Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction

Disclosure: I was given a free review copy of this book by the publisher. Over four centuries ago, one of the greatest Reformed minds wrote about the gifts of the pagans: For by holding the gifts of the Spirit in slight esteem, we contemn and reproach the Spirit himself. What then? … Shall we say […]

Archive Nota Bene Philosophy Steven Wedgeworth

Thomism or Calvinism?

Too often historians and philosophers will use the terms “Thomism” and “Calvinism” as contraries. While there are certain important points of difference between individual Thomists and Calvinists (isn’t that about the blandest of qualifications?), when it comes to the question of divine sovereignty and foreordination, the difference really is non-existent. To demonstrate, I only ask […]

Archive Natural Law Peter Escalante Philosophy

Helping David Bentley Hart Find His Nature

David Bentley Hart has responded somewhat coyly to Dr Feser here. Dr Feser had pointed out the peculiarly Humean tone of Hart’s remarks about natural law, which suggested that there is no bridge from the is to the ought; of course Hart is not actually a Humean, but more a Romantic, which means, one who allows […]