The Just Third Way

A Blog of the Global Justice Movement

Friday, August 1, 2014

News from the Network, Vol. 7, No. 30


While a number of other things have happened this week, the big news from the network is that two key people have accepted appointments to the CESJ Board of Counselors. Please feel free to copy the press release or link to it:
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Church, State, and Humanity, III: A Fundamental Change in the Idea of the State


Yesterday we looked at the problem of “pseudo virtue,” that is, something that gives someone a feeling of righteousness, but that is contrary to or negates the principles of natural or supernatural law.  “Pseudo virtue” includes “charity” that violates, negates, or rejects justice, and “faith” that contradicts or rejects reason.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Church, State, and Humanity, II: The Problem of Pseudo Virtue


Yesterday we talked about the nature of truth.  That’s just a starting point, however.  Nowhere is the problem of truth, and the application of truth, more evident today than in the question, “What is virtue?”
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Church, State, and Humanity, I: What is Truth?

Every now and then we get something from one of our readers that starts a train of thought, or forces us to clarify either our thoughts on something, or how we expressed those thoughts.  This is understandable.  When you’re dealing with something that is “so old it’s new” as the Just Third Way, sometimes you need some kind of shock (in a nice way, of course) to try and get not only your critics, but yourself, out of a rut you may be in.
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Monday, July 28, 2014

“Science Proves Natural Law”, II: What’s the REASON?


Does science prove natural law? Yes — but unfortunately last week we came across an article in which the author included supernatural law (faith, hope, and charity) under natural law — and that cannot be proved by science.  So, last week we left you with a cliff hanger: Why is basing our understanding of the natural law on faith instead of reason such a dangerous error?  Isn’t everyone entitled to his or her opinion?  What the heck difference does it make?  Who really cares?
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Friday, July 25, 2014

News from the Network, Vol. 7, No. 29


Although summer (especially July) is typically a slow month around Washington, D.C., things seem to be picking up at CESJ.  A number of meetings are being planned, we have a good fellow from Belgium doing yeoman service, new funding sources are being explored, and a number of projects are starting to get underway:
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

“Science Proves Natural Law”, I: What’s the Problem?


Knowing our interest in explaining and promoting an Aristotelian-Thomist understanding of the natural law (the basis of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic social teaching as well as that of ethical pagans who follow Aristotle), one of our correspondents sent us a link to a recent article in The National Catholic Register, “Science Proves Natural Law,” by Agnes M. Penny.  The subject line of the e-mail read, “For Your Reading Pleasure.”
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Natural and Supernatural


No, this isn’t a new television series review.  Maybe it should be, but it isn’t.  This is just a little dissertation about the difference between the natural virtues, and the supernatural virtues, and why it might not be all that good an idea to mix or confuse the two.  What triggered this was the comment someone made to us recently that Thomas Aquinas had expanded the natural virtues into the spiritual realm.  Not exactly. . .
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Faith and Reason Again, VI: Conclusion

In this brief series we’ve again been looking at the issue of faith and reason.  As we’ve already known, the bottom line here is that there is massive confusion today (as there has been for centuries) over some very fundamental issues.  What is the role of the Church?  What is the role of the State?  Most immediately and importantly, what is the role of the human person?
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Faith and Reason Again, V: The Question of Coercion


You know what the problem is with (other) people?  That’s right.  They. Just. Won’t. Do. What. I. Want. Them. To. Do.  All those stupid (other) people simply refuse to acknowledge that I know what’s best for them.  They just won’t do the right thing.
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Friday, July 18, 2014

News from the Network, Vol. 7, No. 28


As the global economic, social, and political situation continues to worsen, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that nothing can be done to halt the seemingly inevitable descent into chaos.  Fortunately, that is not the case.  The more unreasonable and nonsensical the situation appears, the more apparent it becomes that the only real and sustainable solution depends on a return to reason and common sense, and to begin study and implementation of the three principles of economic justice.
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Faith and Reason Again, IV: The Orthodox Position

So far we’ve stated the problem and summarized both the liberal and the conservative positions on the issue.  Today we look at what we’ve identified as the fundamental error of both the liberal and the conservative positions, and then give our opinion as to what we think is the correct or “orthodox” position.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Faith and Reason Again, III: The Conservative Position


Yesterday we summarized the liberal Catholic position.  Today we will summarize the conservative Catholic position in this whole faith versus reason issue.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Faith and Reason Again, II: The Liberal Position


Yesterday we began a series on tradition, faith, and reason in government and organized religion.  We decided to focus on organized religion, specifically the Catholic Church, since the issue seems more clear cut there than in most institutions.  Today we’ll look at the liberal Catholic position.
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