Fall-Winter 2019

Nature in Theology

The Descent of Man: On Evolution and the Devolution of Nature, History, and Truth

Michael Hanby

“The apprehension of a frog or a muskrat, [. . .] is inseparable from the implicit identification of a good in whose light the functional parts are intelligible as parts.”

“Biology Worthy of Life”: On the Work of Steven Talbott

Lesley Rice

“The parts of an organism bear a kind of responsive creativity within the given auspices of the whole creature’s identity.”

“To Till It and Keep It”: Catholic Social Doctrine and Agroecology

Matthew Philipp Whelan

“Learning to do well means learning to acknowledge what is given well.”

Augusto Del Noce on Marx’s Abolition of Human Nature

Carlo Lancellotti

“God is not denied on the basis of some newly acquired scientific knowledge or metaphysical argument; rather, God cannot exist, because if he existed man could not be free.”

Pathei Mathos: Rereading Aeschylus’s Oresteia

Paolo Prosperi

“[T]he horrendous experience through which the gods make the young Orestes pass contains in reality a paradoxical gift of grace.”

On Henry B. Veatch and “Natural Law and the ‘Is’-‘Ought’ Question”: A Brief Introduction

David S. Crawford

“Just as art and the rules of skill must both employ human creativity and draw on nature, so too practical reason works with what is given and aims toward an excellence to which a nature is called.”

Natural Law and the “Is”-“Ought” Question: Queries to Finnis and Grisez

Henry B. Veatch

“[T]he very ‘is’ of human nature already has its ‘ought’ contained within it.”

Providence and Imitation: Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and Aristotle’s Poetics

Thomas Prufer

“The original is enriched, not distorted, by its image.”