Fully Accredited!

The Augustine Institute is proud to announce that the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools has granted full accreditation to the Institute’s Graduate School. “This is a major milestone for us, especially coming in our tenth year of work,” said Dr. Tim Gray, the President of the Augustine Institute. “I’m deeply grateful…

Knowing What Nature Is

Manifestum est enim quod homo per intellectum cognoscere potest naturas omnium corporum, said St. Thomas Aquinas: “For it is manifest that man is able to know physical things through the intellect.” The truth that the human mind is able to know the natures of all bodily things may indeed be manifest, as St. Thomas Aquinas here…

Habits of Attention

After a few years’ steady use of the internet, journalist Nicholas Carr began to worry about his “inability to pay attention to one thing for more than a couple of minutes.” In his bestselling exposé, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains (2010), Carr pinned the blame for his wandering mind squarely…

The Modest Truth

Shakespeare’s unhappy King Lear was friendless but for the Duke of Kent, who, armed only with “the modest truth,” patiently steered the benighted king back to his wits. A similar work of intellectual charity needs to be taken up today with modern biology, which, like King Lear, has become old without becoming wise. It was…

Aristotle and the God of Creation

“Heraclitus once said that ‘Nature loves to hide.’ Not from Aristotle. He writes as though nature is living next door and running a taverna.” This summary judgment—at once engaging, elegant, and thoughtful—typifies Armand-Marie Leroi’s The Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science (Viking-Penguin, 2014). Equal parts pilgrimage, idyll, and polemic, The Lagoon is a marvelous invitation to…

Sanctify your memory

What would it be like to suffer a “massive amnesia?” The question is troubling, but it is one that the encyclical Lumen Fidei invites us to ask. There Pope Francis and his co-author Benedict XVI alert us that the “question of truth”—the great question of our day—is a “question of memory,” even of “deep memory.”…