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Revisiting the Colloquium on Violence & Religion Conference…

  Because of a scheduling conflict with another conference the topic of which is highly relevent to Gil’s  current writing project he is unable to attend this year’s annual meeting of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion in Madrid being … Continue reading

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Liberation

Every revival of paganism involves a lessening of intellectual vigor, or, at best the substitution of a formal intellectual virtuosity for a more substantive and productive exercise of intelligence. On the contrary, each new step in the on-going discovery of … Continue reading

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Freedom

Some thoughts to keep in mind as we prepare to celebrate the 241st anniversary of the birth of the United States of America this July 4th…   Premodern philosophers viewed freedom as a prerequisite of human virtue. … Freedom is … Continue reading

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Post-Father’s Day reflections….

The recent hiatus in posting to this blog page was due to my current dual role of Cornerstone Forum’s chief cook and bottle washer, as well as grandpa and helper to my daughter’s family in Maryland as they awaited the … Continue reading

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More on the Epistemology of Faith . . .

During his 40 days in the desert, Jesus was tempted to do things that would make the truth of his claims and the meaning of his existence irrefutable. He declined. His followers down through the centuries have sometimes tried to … Continue reading

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The Science of Facts & The Epistemology of Truth

A number of very smart people have made very conspicuous fools of themselves lately by not recognizing a truth expressed with such lapidary economy by Benedict XVI in his marvelous book, Jesus of Nazareth: The highest truths cannot be forced … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on The Common Good, The Catholic Church and The World…

“The common good requires that we offer to all what Revelation has given us—and has given us to comprehend. Today, intelligence becomes a duty of charity. It is up to us, to us and to no one else, to transmit … Continue reading

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Memorial Day

For the past eleven years just prior to the Memorial day weekend, Saint Vincent High School in Petaluma, California has set aside one day to remember one of its graduates who died August 25, 2005, while serving with the US … Continue reading

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Message in a bottle….

Ten years ago Gil Bailie spent time reading University of Pennsylvania scholar Philip Rieff’s works with the following results… To Whom It May Concern: [To European culture today — while it can still be spoken of in the singular — … Continue reading

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A Look Back At – Tradition

          The word “tradition” and the word “treason” come from the same root. The very name “modernity” self-consciously used to describe the period of the last several centuries in Western cultural history clearly exemplifies the spirit … Continue reading

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