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The Life of Thomas Aquinas: The “Angelic Doctor”

The Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, a beginners course by Dr. Jonathan Dolhenty I. THE LIFE OF THOMAS AQUINAS (122-1274): THE "ANGELIC DOCTOR" Thomas Aquinas, born of...

What made Jesus different? 5 of 5

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP The precepts of philosophy, and of the Hebrew code, laid hold of actions only. He pushed his scrutinies into the heart...

Jesus did talk about religion publicly – 4 of 5

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP His moral doctrines, relating to kindred and friends were more pure and perfect than those of the most correct of the...

Emerson: The Christian Teacher

American Thought On Sunday evening, July 15, 1838, Ralph Wald Emerson delivers an address before the senior class in Divinity College, Cambridge, in which he...

Philosophy and Life

By Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. One of the gravest and most unjustified prejudices which circulates, especially among those who for the first time delve into philosophy,...

Samuel Adams—September 27, 1722

Democratic Thinker, Samuel Adams Samuel Adams. September 27, 1722—October 2, 1803. His nature is too noble for the world: He would not flatter Neptune for his trident, Or Jove...

Franklin—To George Whitefield (June 6, 1753)

Democratic Thinker, American Correspondence During the Great Awakening of the Eighteenth Century, Benjamin Franklin writes to his friend, George Whitefield—religious reformer and Methodist evangelist,—on matters...

Seneca—On The Blessed Life

Democratic Thinker, Western Thought The Stoic philosopher, Lucius Annaeus Seneca—highly regarded by the early Christians—writes, for his brother Gallio, a discourse on what makes for...

Berkeley—On Education in America

Democratic Thinker, American Thought VERSES on the Prospect of Planting Arts and Learning in America. ————— THE Muse, disgusted at an age and clime Barren of every glorious...

Seneca—On Providence

Democratic Thinker, Western Thought The Stoic philosopher, Lucius Annaeus Seneca—highly regarded by the early Christians—writes for his friend Lucilius, a discourse on adversity and its...

Did Locke Really Justify Limited Government? — Joseph R. Stromberg

It is the contrast with Thomas Hobbes that makes Locke seem a great liberal. True, he does give us some “outs” (very narrow ones), which Hobbes denies us. But with the Whig Oligarchs’ triumph in 1688, Locke’s ideas gave valuable rhetorical cover for newly entrenched interests. Soon enough they shifted over to simple Hobbesian practices buttressed with feudal-statist legalisms. (Enter Blackstone.)

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What good might come from this evil epidemic?

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