A Primer in the Philosophy of John Paul II–In His Own Words

A Primer in the Philosophy of John Paul II–In His Own Words

A Primer in the Philosophy of John Paul II–In His Own Words

by Dr. Michael J. Healy

To aid students in comprehending the Holy Father’s thought, Dr. Healy provides close-to-the-text summary interpretations of Saint John Paul II’s major philosophical works, condensing the essence of his philosophical teachings on the person and act, love, and sexuality.

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TESTIMONIALS

“Professor Michael Healy has prepared a very accessible and usable introduction to the thought of Pope John Paul II which students and teachers alike–and even the interested general reader–will find to be a very good beginning in trying to understand and appreciate the author of one of the most profound and prolific teaching pontificates in the history of the Church. One would have to plow through many volumes to acquire what careful reading and study of this volume alone provides. Not least, the “primer” provides a clearer idea of what the student of John Paul II’s thought should go on to acquire and study.” – Dr. Kenneth D. Whitehead

“Karol Wojtyła was very gifted as a speaker but, alas, when he made philosophy he was extremely technical and rigorous. So much so that a familiar story in the milieu of Cracow was that all priests who in life had neglected their intellectual formation, before entering in Heaven, should have to pass an examination on The Acting Person (the philosophical masterpiece of Wojtyła). For some of them it might take even one hundred years. Now their task has been enormously facilitated (and their penance correspondingly cut short) by this “primer” of Prof. Michael Healy Sr.. Prof Healy has assimilated the spirit of Wojtyła so much in depth that he succeeds in rendering it in a smooth, plain and easy expression. He is really the St. John the Baptist of Wojtyła : he prepares the way leading to our author and makes the paths straight. The book is good for the students who try to find a path leading into the complex conceptual construction of Wojtyła but is useful also to advanced scholars who want to better appreciate the particular and inimitable flavor of Wojtyła’s philosophy.” – Dr. Rocco Buttiglione

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Michael J. Healy served as Dean of the Faculty (chief academic officer) under Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR (President) at Franciscan University of Steubenville from 1986-2000. During the 2002-2003 academic year, he served as interim president of Ave Maria College while on leave of absence from Franciscan University. He then returned to Franciscan to resume his position as full professor of philosophy, where he specializes in philosophy of the person, ethics, existentialism, and philosophy of religion. He has a special love for Kierkegaard, von Hildebrand, and Wojtyla interpreted in light of and in dialogue with the philosophia perennis. His favorite author in the Thomistic tradition is Josef Pieper. His favorite course is The Nature of Love, wherein he uses the works of all four of the above. Dr. Healy earned his B.A. from Loyola University of Los Angeles (1972, now Loyola Marymount University) and his M.A. (1975) and Ph.D. (1978) from the University of Dallas.

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Three Acts: A Commentary on Plato’s Theaetetus

Three Acts: A Commentary on Plato’s Theaetetus

Three Acts: A Commentary on Plato’s Theaetetus

by Brandon Spun

A reader’s guide to Plato’s Theaetetus. This Socratic companion serves as an introduction to philosophy through an exploration of ethics, epistemology, psychology, and metaphysics.

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TESTIMONIALS

“What is knowledge? If you think there is an easy answer to this question, then you have not read Plato, and you have certainly not read Plato‘s notoriously intricate and profound dialogue Theaetetus. This commentary—learned but not pedantic, Christian but not sectarian, rigorous but not stifling, profound but not obscure—is like having a master teacher and philosopher at your side as you read.” – Thaddeus Kozinski, author of Words, Concepts, Reality: Aristotelian Logic for Teenagers

“While The Theaetetus is not one of Plato’s most popular works in the standard repertoire of philosophical study, the topics dealt with in this dialogue could not be more timely in a culture of relativistic attempts at thought. Opinion, knowledge, truth, falsehood, being, wonder and whether ‘man is the measure of all things’ are all topics of eminent importance now (as always), and Spun’s commentary is the perfect guide to this dialogue, those profound ideas, and the answers developed by later thinkers.” – Matthew D’Antuono, author of A Fool’s Errand, The Wise Guy and the Fool, and Philosophy Fridays

“Alfred North Whitehead has stated that all philosophy since Plato is a series of footnotes on his thinking. Brandon Spun has provided an important footnote in plumbing the depths of Plato’s Theaetetus. His meticulous scholarship offers the reader an effective antidote in combating the relativism and skepticism that has captured today’s universities.” – Dr. Donald DeMarco, author of In Praise of Life and How to Flourish in a Fallen World

“Brandon Spun’s Three Acts about Plato’s Dialogue the Theaetetus is a masterpiece. It is erudite, clear, interesting and as delightful to read as it will be delightful to teach. I highly recommend it to students, philosophy teachers, and anyone eager to learn more about Plato and about truth.” – Dr. Ronda Chervin, Ph.D., emerita Professor of Philosophy, Holy Apostles College and Seminary, and author of numerous books about Catholic thinking.

“The famous quote from Socrates: ‘The unexamined life is not worth living’, has special application to this commentary by Brandon Spun on Plato’s Dialogue ‘Theaetetus’, in which Socrates begins to examine the question “What is knowledge?” For us humans to live is to know. So, in the context of this question what Socrates affirms might just as well be put: ‘The knowledge that we acquire without subjecting its fundamental meaning to intelligent examination (and in debate with others, to cross examination, as Socrates insisted on) is not worth knowing’. That is what Socrates, Plato and Aristotle meant by engaging in philosophy. The sad situation of modern education, then, has to be that the mountain of scientific and technical knowledge that we have accumulated, useful as it may be in particular ways, but lacking not just wisdom but even a desire for it (philo-sophia), is truly not worth knowing in the condition in which we possess it. At the end we ask: what does it all mean for human life? That is why modern ‘educated’ youth feel so frustrated, and rebellious. This does not mean that there is no worth in such science and technology, but it needs to be grounded on the more fundamental knowledge of wisdom. That is what the whole effort of the Socratics was about. More relevantly to the Christian, we know that even these geniuses cannot carry us to the knowledge that finally satisfies. It is only by our Christian Faith (and grace) that we can have practical wisdom, even at the level of reason, concerning the meaning of life and how we should live, as Aquinas shows.  Socrates only begins the examination, which is what Aristotle meant by Dialectic. But the aim of philosophy is to obtain what true knowledge is. The point of Socrates’s statement is that if we do not seek, we will not find. As for embarking on the particular enquiry regarding the nature of knowledge, Plato’s Dialogue is as good a place to start as any. If Brandon’s book does nothing more than encourage us, especially our youth, to recover Socrates’ desire to examine what is most important in life to understand, then it has done a great service.” – Dr. Donald Boland, author of Economic Science and St. Thomas Aquinas: On Justice in the Distribution and Exchange of Wealth and The Thomist Tradition: Avoiding Scylla and Charybdis

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

​Brandon Spun was born in Penn Valley, PA during a snowstorm in February. He grew up on Long Island, NY, and received an undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy from SUNY Geneseo. He holds an MA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s in Annapolis, an MA in Philosophy from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, and he is currently enrolled as a doctoral candidate in Humanities at Faulkner University. His intellectual interests include literature, ancient philosophy, ethics, and the Liberal Arts in general. A few idiosyncratic favorites include Russian Authors, Edith Nesbit, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Jane Austen. He has two children and lives in Tennessee. He is currently the Dean of Academics at New College Franklin where he has taught for over a decade.

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Exploring the Belief in the Real Presence

Exploring the Belief in the Real Presence

Exploring the Belief in the Real Presence (Second Edition)

by Dr. David J. Keys

When an evangelical minister asked him why one would believe that Jesus is present — body, blood, soul, and divinity — in communion, Dr. Keys began an intensive study into the ancient Christian belief of what is now often termed the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. This book is a result of that quest and presents the scriptural, historical, and even miraculous basis for such a belief.

 
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TESTIMONIALS

“The author’s profound devotion to the Eucharist comes across plainly in the pages of this text. In a clear and straightforward way, Dr. David Keys welcomes the reader along a step-by-step journey into a deeper appreciation of this mystery of faith. He places the tools of logic and science at the service of a faith seeking understanding. His explanation of the sacrament’s meaning and application to daily life inspires a deeper love for Jesus Christ truly present in the Eucharist.” – Fr. John O’Brien, S.T.D., Academic Dean, St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA

“Dr. David Keys explains the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist in a comprehensive and comprehensible way. A must-read for anyone desiring to understand the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation.” – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, co-author with Dr. Ronda Chervin of Catholic Realism: A Framework for the Refutation of Atheism and the Evangelization of Atheists

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Dr. David Keys has a PhD in physics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri (1984), and a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio (2012). For thirty-eight years, he worked in the field of Medical Physics, being involved in the physics of radiation for diagnostic imaging and for the treatment of cancer patients. Having completed his degree in theology, he has now left Medical Physics and has become a Catholic speaker and author with an interest in the synthesizing of science with religion.

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Eugenio Zolli: Prophet for a New World

Eugenio Zolli: Prophet for a New World

Eugenio Zolli: Prophet for a New World

by Judith Cabaud

Eugenio Zolli, Chief Rabbi of Trieste, then of Rome, during the Second World War, exegete and professor at the University of Padua, is a prophet for our time, charged with asking a single question: Why? This question was a grace from God that set him off on his course as a scholar and a mystic. A subject of controversy since his death in 1956, Zolli nevertheless remains a model of true ecumenism between Jews and Christians through his honesty and his search for the whole truth. In trying to explore the missing link between the Old and New Testament, he discovered the love of God for all humanity. In this way, his life experience led him to Jesus Christ, in itself a prophecy of the New World mentioned in the Holy Scripture.

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Articles and Reviews

Judith Cabaud, “Eugenio Zolli, A Prophet for our Time,” Association of Hebrew Catholics. Click here to read.

TESTIMONIALS

“A New Hope in an Old Faith!” – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, co-author with Bishop Richard Henning of Missionary Priests in the Homeland: Our Call to Receive

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Judith Cabaud is an American-born French writer and musicologist. She comes from a Jewish family of Polish and Russian heritage. After studying science at New York University, she went to Paris and obtained her degree in French civilization in 1960 at the Sorbonne, and converted to Catholicism. A musicologist and a professor of English, she is the author of several books on relations between Judaism and Christianity, the role of Pius XII during World War II, and the Grand Rabbi of Rome, Eugenio Zolli. She has also been a music critic at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany since 1994.

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The Biblical Qur’an: A Christian Investigation

The Biblical Qur’an: A Christian Investigation

The Biblical Qur’an: A Christian Investigation

by Michael Healy, Jr.

Can Christians interpret the Qur’an Christocentricly, as we have always done with the Old Testament? How would such a reading of the Qur’an modify our understanding of Christian and Muslim history? Can it be that the challenge of Islam has played a positive role in God’s plan for the Christian People? These are among the questions this book seeks to answer.

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TESTIMONIALS

“I really appreciate the originality of Michael Healy’s vision and the amount of scholarship he displays. Healy sees correctly Islam as a kind of Old Testament of the Arabs that offers them truth although not (explicitly) the fullness of truth. Very often people judge before they understand. A correct method always tries first to understand, and one cannot understand without a fair amount of human sympathy for the object (the person or persons) who are the objects of your study. An error, moreover, is very often a truth out of its proper context, and the most convincing confutation of an error is the repositioning of that truth in its correct place.” – Rocco Buttiglione, Professor of Political Science at Saint Pius V University in Rome, and a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

The Biblical Quran draws on deep religious, historical and philosophical insight into God’s plan for Muslims and their place in salvation. I think it will be an important tool in the evangelization of the Muslim world.” – Ligia Castaldi, Professor of Law, Ave Maria School of Law

“Michael Healy’s The Biblical Quran is a fascinating study that lays out an original argument in a logical manner.” – Msgr. Michael John Witt, Church Historian, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis, MO

“The Biblical Qur’an is an extraordinarily original and provocative contribution of our understanding of the Islamic religion.” – Ronda Chervin, Ph.D., Emerita Professor of Philosophy, Holy Apostles College and Seminary. 

“I am very happy to endorse Unveiling the Biblical Qur’an by Michael Healy for publication. The book provides a Christocentric reading of the Qur’an that takes note of such readings by Giulio Basetti-Sani, OFM (1977) and earlier authors such as Bishop Paul of Antioch (12th century), the anonymous Letter from the People of Cyprus (fourteenth century), and Nicholas of Cusa (fifteenth century). Michael Healy’s book, however, shows a more profound awareness of issues related to contemporary hermeneutics, discernment of private revelations, philosophical approaches to verification, and divine providence. The book provides a fascinating study of certain Qur’anic passages that suggest a hidden Christian meaning. It also looks at various biblical texts (Gen 16:8–12; 17:17–27; 21: 8–21) that indicate a divine plan for the Muslims via Abraham and Ishmael. Michael Healy provides a thoroughly Catholic approach to his Christocentric reading of the Qur’an, and he shows possible allusions to the Eucharist, redemptive suffering, devotion to the saints and the Virgin Mary. He deals with the clear differences between Christian doctrines (e.g. the Trinity and the Incarnation) and those of Islam, but he suggests that the Muslim emphasis on the unity of God might help lead Christians to a renewed awareness of God the Father as the source of the Godhead. Healy likewise examines what seem to be anti-Jewish and anti-Christian passages in the Qur’an, but he suggests that these can be read as reactions to Jews and Christians who do not faithfully follow their own religions. There are likewise many original and interesting interpretations of Muslim concepts (e.g. Muhammad as the seal of the prophets) as well as discussions of Muslim claims that the coming Muhammad is predicted in the Bible. Healy manifests a clear awareness of the cultural milieu out of which Islam emerged, and this helps him discuss moral issues such as polygamy and war in the Qur’an as well as the relation of Islam towards Zoroastrianism and Manichaeism. Perhaps the most original proposal of Healy is his suggestion that the Qur’an functions as a type of “midrash” that helps people abandon paganism and embrace a theocentric worldview. In this sense, Islam—even though it emerges chronologically after the coming of Christ—can play a role in God’s providence over history in ways that we might not fully understand. Michael Healy, though, is hardly a religious relativist. He is a committed Catholic who recognizes Christ as the most complete revelation of God to the human race. A Christocentric worldview, however, should enable us to ponder how God, in his mysterious providence, might even make use of the Qur’an and the Islamic tradition to bring people to the truth about Christ and the Catholic faith.” – Robert L. Fastiggi, Ph.D., Bishop Kevin M. Britt Chair of Dogmatic Theology and Christology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI USA

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Healy, Jr. holds a B.A. in Philosophy and History, an M.A. in Philosophy, and an M.A. in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville as well as a J.D. from Ave Maria School of Law. He also reads voraciously, enjoys hiking and travelling with his wife Tara, and endeavors to live out his Catholic Faith.

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Philosophy Begins in Wonder

Philosophy Begins in Wonder

Philosophy Begins in Wonder

by Stephen D. Schwarz with Kiki Latimer

This book is the compilation of over fifty years of teaching Ethics, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of the Person, and Virtue Ethics in the classroom setting. Philosophy Begins in Wonder offers the classroom dynamic on the written page. Here you will find philosophical questions raised, many possible answers provided, guidance in discerning how to evaluate the answers, and encouragement for even greater considerations beyond the scope of this book. Philosophy that begins in wonder is open to proceeding further in a lifetime journey of wonder, avoiding the unnecessary pitfalls of cynicism, pessimism, and despair. This spirit of wonder offers to one a life of amazement, joy, gratitude and, therein, often the unexpected moments of knowledge, understanding, insights, and occasionally wisdom. 

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TESTIMONIALS

“This is a unique mastery weave of both theological and practical skills in the delivery of  authentic homilies.” – Fr. Dominic Anaeto, Professor of Pastoral Studies and Homiletics, and author of Human Sexuality: Precious Gift and Perilous Challenge with Particular Reference to the Sexual Abuse Scandal in the Church
“Phenomenology has the reputation of being esoteric, boring, vague, and indecisive. This book refutes that canard in spades.  It is commonsensical, captivating, crisply clear, and compellingly convincing. And it covers pretty much the whole range of philosophical questions.” – Dr. Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College, Boston, MA

“Do you want to ‘get to the bottom’ of the meaning of life and big issues about reality? Here’s your chance. In this book, you will see displayed not only reasons for doubt about perennial truths but also life-changing insights.” – Ronda Chervin, Professor Emerita of Philosophy, Holy Apostles College & Seminar, Cromwell, CT

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stephen D. Schwarz, Philosophy Professor emeritus, Ph.D. Harvard, author, and student of Dietrich von Hildebrand, taught philosophy forty-four years at the University of Rhode Island. His belief that the true spirit of a philosopher is that of wonder was the foundation on which he taught thousands of students in the classroom. Now in Philosophy Begins in Wonder, he brings together, in an easily accessible, wonder-filled compilation, his teachings in Metaphysics, Philosophy of the Person, Epistemology, and Ethics, including Virtue Ethics.

 

Kiki Latimer, author, public speaking coach, editor, and teacher of Homiletics, received her BA from the University of Rhode Island in the Oral Interpretation of Literature, Psychology, and Philosophy and her MA in Moral Theology from Holy Apostles College & Seminary.  Student and life-long friend of Stephen D. Schwarz, she has accompanied him in transforming his classroom teaching experience to the written pages of Philosophy Begins in Wonder.

 

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