At Throne and Altar, I have been writing about some of the tricky issues of scholastic philosophy.
- Natural law: Suppose there were vampires so constituted that they could only feed on human blood. Would it be acceptable for them to prey on us? To answer this question, I outline general principles of natural law reasoning. (Natural law arguments often skip important steps)
- Divine simplicity: If God is identical with His attributes, how can he have contingent properties such as knowing about His creation? I clarify the doctrine using the idea of state spaces.
- Prime matter: Do we really need it? Could it be rather that everything is information? Possibly, but this would have some surprising consequences. I make this point while reviewing William Dembski’s Being as Communion.
- Analogy of Being: No original analysis by me, but I review Kris McDaniel’s The Fragmentation of Being, in which he makes a case for rehabilitating this doctrine for contemporary analytic philosophy.
- Predestination: I have a look at Garrigou-Lagrange’s explanation of why God doesn’t give efficacious grace to everyone.