I have always been drawn to the Big Questions. As a small child, I wanted to know everything, and it bothered me that there was so much of the world I did not understand. I still have a desperate thirst for knowledge, though I am humble enough to realize that omniscience belongs only to God.
In the novel Sophie’s World, the professor describes philosophy as maintaining one’s childlike sense of wonder at the miracle of the world, and I find this metaphor apt indeed. There is a certain playfulness to philosophy, the ability to poke at the boundaries of human nature and culture and see if they poke back. There is a sense of adventure that comes with being willing to ask any question and follow the path of reason wherever it may lead that has always appealed to me.
And yet I am also a person of faith, a Roman Catholic to be more precise. Fortunately for me, the Catholic Church encourages the synthesis of faith and reason, a tradition stretching back to Saints Aquinas and Augustine in the Middle Ages. As Saint John Paul the Great wrote in Fides et Ratio, “Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.”
Philosophy is where my heart resides, and yet you will also find me writing about politics, history, literature, and culture. When I do so, it is usually with the philosopher’s lens of examining the assumptions underlying these cultural artifacts.
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