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I'm just skipping around, really, hitting on different topics here and there. Since my essay on divine ideas in Aquinas I've gotten really interested in how various commentators interpret him on that subject. I think Gilson was somewhat wishy-washy on that, but I'm not sure yet.

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Unfortunately, though Ms. Rice means well, her works are filled with dubious theology. See my posts in this thread.


Thanks for the link. I read her first fictional Jesus book and enjoyed it. However, at that time I was in the beginning stages of coming back home to the church. Since then I have read (and continue to read) anything I can get my hands on about saints, doctrine, apologetics, etc. In doing so, I realize how little I know. So, I think I will put her second book on the shelf for a while, and will read it when I feel more confident in my ability to wade through the fiction without it distorting what I am learning.


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I'm just skipping around, really, hitting on different topics here and there. Since my essay on divine ideas in Aquinas I've gotten really interested in how various commentators interpret him on that subject. I think Gilson was somewhat wishy-washy on that, but I'm not sure yet.

Check out James Ross. He's got a pretty radical take. “God, Creator of Kinds and Possibilities”, pp. 351-34, Rationality. Religious Belief and Moral Commitment. eds. Robert Audi and William J. Wainwright, Cornell University Press: Ithaca, New York, 1986.

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Also, “The Crash of Modal Metaphysics”, pp. 251-279, Review of Metaphysics. December, 1989.

I expect he also deals with this stuff in his recent book, but I haven't read it yet.

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Thx, Gherkin. I read Ross' THOUGHT AND WORLD over Christmas break. I'll understand it much better on a second read through, now that I've had a proper course in metaphysics. His style is...a bit dense with analytic terminology. I did enjoy his article ARISTOTLE'S REVENGE:THE FATE OF ANALYSTS.

I'll look into those articles on divine ideas, since I think it's likely what I'll be doing my senior phil thesis on.

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Just finished the History of United States Naval Operations in World War II, Vol 1, the Battle of the Atlantic, September 1939-May 1943 by Samuel Eliot Morison. A couple of weeks ago I finished History of United States Naval Operations in World War II, Volume III, The Rising Sun in the Pacific, 1931 - April 1942.

These are part of a 15 volume official US Navy history of WWII. I have three other volumes lined up and will start one tonight. They are dated, a bit stilted in delivery, and are relatively superficial due to the vast scope of their content. But they are the best available overview and initiation into the subject.

So, 13 volumes to go (actually Vol XV is a supplement and index).

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Adolf Hitler by John Toland
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Adolf Hitler by John Toland
Caesar The Life of a Colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy
Saddam The Secret Life by Con Coughlin
Witness to Hope The Biography of Pope John Paul II by George Weigel


Forgive me but... what exactly is the obsession with authoritarian dictators (the late Pope being excepted of course)?

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The Collar - Jonathan Englert. I like it very good so far since it is very honest and doesn't idolize the seminary life nor does it demonize it.


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The Mother of the Saviour, and our interior life by Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange
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The Divine comedy by Dante

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JakimBoor91 wrote:
Adolf Hitler by John Toland
Caesar The Life of a Colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy
Saddam The Secret Life by Con Coughlin
Witness to Hope The Biography of Pope John Paul II by George Weigel


Forgive me but... what exactly is the obsession with authoritarian dictators (the late Pope being excepted of course)?

I'd definitely recommend Goldsworthy's bio of Caesar, though. It's a great read. A bit too much background material if you're already familiar with Roman history and civilization, but he presents it very well.

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