Regular Faculty

  • On the Place of the Sensus Fidelium

    At the DSPT we try to foster the dialogue between faith and reason, between theology and philosophy. To avoid confusion it might be pertinent to say that the question of the sensus fidelium is not about this distinction. Rather, it is a distinction within the field of theology and faith itself.

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  • German Translation of "Disputed Questions on Truth" by Thomas Aquinas

    As explained in the commentary section of this volume, the “Quaestiones” presented here treat the topic of free will in a framework that is almost completely lost in contemporary thought: it is the framework of a metaphysics of being, which is explored with regard to its character of being good. Ought and is, fact and value do not fall apart, but are – contrary to later theories – recognized as ultimately belonging together.

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  • Response to "The Evidence of Creation and Supernatural Design in Contemporary Big Bang Cosmology and Space Time Geometry Proofs"

    Fr. Spitzer has dealt in his talk with various arguments for a beginning of a universe and the fine-tuning of many of its constants and parameters – arguments which would seem to imply that the universe originated with a spiritual and intelligent cause that would qualify as a creator God. He also argued against various ways in which scientists have attempted to explain away those things that would make the Big Bang dependent on such a first transcendent, omnipotent and intelligent efficient cause. What I now want to suggest is that, even if those arguments against Fr. Spitzer would succeed, he still might win the argument.

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  • The Role of Philosophy in the New Evangelization – A Response to the Lineamenta

    When Fr. Michael Sweeney asked me to share some reflections, I had to wonder: what on earth does a philosopher have to say about the new evangelization? The Lineamenta themselves did not seem too helpful, in so far as they put more emphasis on witness than on reasoning. But certainly there is a role of philosophy as the preparatio evangelica. A faith that is itself open to reason can find in reason common ground with other faiths as well as with the secular world.

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  • How To Get Out Of The Bubble

    Advent is a time of hope and expectation. But we cannot have hope and expectation without looking beyond ourselves. We will try to understand how modern ways of thinking get in the way of it and will suggest a proof for the existence of God.

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