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Raphael's "The Mass at Bolsena"

Christianity: Truth or Therapy?

Christianity may help us to cope with difficulties and give us a sense of happiness, but at its core it is a matter of truth or falsity and it is to be believed on those grounds.

Raphael's "The Disputation of the Holy Sacrament"

Sacramental or Scientistic?

While scientism denies the existence of anything beyond the material world, the Christian sacramental vision affirms the existence and intermeshing of realities visible and invisible.

Tommaso Laureti's "Triumph of the Christian Religion over Paganism"

The Catholic Problem of History

Many common historical claims leveled against the Church fall flat: they fail to recognize what the Church claims to be and what it claims to offer.

Raphael's "The School of Athens" Selection

Studiositas and Curiositas

While 'studiositas' is a strength of mind, the mind infected by the often-misunderstood vice of 'curiositas' in one way or another blinded to the truth of real things.

Friedrich Kaulbach's "Imperial Coronation of Charlemagne"

Authority, Freedom, and Power

Not only are authority and power not the same thing; they are almost complete opposites. Authority is the basis of human freedom. Coercive power tends to suffocate freedom.

Paolo Veronese's "Finding in the Temple"

Faith and Reason

While the relationship of faith and reason is a fraught question in the modern academy, Catholics have long offered a rich understanding of how faith and reason lead to genuine knowledge.

Raphael's "Christ's Charge to Peter"

The Power of Human Testimony

The grounds of credibility that we grant to witnesses of secular events should be granted to those of religious events.

The Circle of Raphael's "The Vision of the Cross"

Wisdom, Foolishness, and the Invisible World

To be clever and to be wise are two very different things: one can be clever concerning matters of the visible world yet lack wisdom, being blind to what touches the invisible world.