Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture

Logos, subtitled A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal publishing articles about Christianity as it is rooted in and shaped by Catholicism and is published quarterly by the Philosophy Documentation Center of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., for theologians, philosophers, historians, teachers and students.

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 1, Winter

Aeterni Patris, Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII: On the Restoration of Christian Philosophy
To the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, and Bishops of the Catholic World in Grace and Communion with the Apostolic See. THE ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON OF THE ETERNAL FATHER, who came on earth to bring salvation and the light of divine wisdom to men, conferred...
"A Plague of Perverse Opinions": Leo XIII's Aeterni Patris and the Catholic Encounter with Modernity
WHAT FOLLOWS BELOW offers a critical rereading of Pope Leo XIII's Aeterni patris (1879, hereafter AP) and assesses its attempt to propose Thomism as the philosophical and theological basis for Catholic engagement with modernity. In AP, Leo decried...
"Deeper Down in the Domain of Human Hearts": Hope in Isak Dinesen's Babette's Feast
ISAK DINESEN'S BABETTE'S FEAST was first published in 1950 in Ladies' Home Journal. Dinesen, a Danish writer, had heard that Americans were interested in stories about food. So when she wrote a short piece for an American audience, she centered the...
Gounod's Faust: Opera of Redemption
BECAUSE CHARLES GOUNOD'S REPUTATION WANED DRASTICALLY in the second half of the nineteenth century, he has been thought by some--if he was thought of at all--to be a composer of mediocrity and qualified competence. He once wrote that Palestrina's music...
Knowing What Is "Natural": Thomas Aquinas and Luke Timothy Johnson on Romans 1-2
OVER THE CENTURIES, the first two chapters of St. Paul's Letter to the Romans have inspired many of the most important questions faced by philosophical and theological accounts of "natural law." For example, what is the relationship of natural law...
Preface
HOMER'S ILIAD FAMOUSLY EXHIBITS the power of anger to destroy communal values, made especially evident in Book 9 when Achilles says of Agamemnon: "No, I'll never set heads together with that man--no planning in common, no taking common action" (9:...
Quantum Mechanics and Its Interpretations
QUANTUM MECHANICS IS AN ELEGANT and indeed beautiful formalism, and enables the results of many physical measurements to be calculated with great accuracy. But from the earliest days there has been intense debate about the interpretation of quantum...
Sloth: The Besetting Sin of the Age?
IN A REVIEW of J. F. Powers's Prince of Darkness and Other Stories (1947), Evelyn Waugh observed: "Prince of Darkness" is a magnificent study of sloth--a sin which has not attracted much attention of late and which, perhaps, is the besetting...
The Gospel According to Barbara Kingsolver: Brother Fowles and St. Francis of Assisi in the Poisonwood Bible
ABOUT HALFWAY THROUGH Barbara Kingsolver's epic novel, The Poisonwood Bible, the character Brother Fowles articulates one of the author's major thematic points. Orleanna Price, wife of central character Nathan Price, is exasperated upon learning of...
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