Andrew M. Haines

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Honoring Pope Benedict's Final Wishes

Andrew M. Haines

For serious Catholic thinkers, discerning continuity where it can be found is a distinctive feature of Christian intellectualism.

The papacy

On Active Conscience

Andrew M. Haines

Christian conscience is the active acceptance of the fruits of true freedom, formed by careful reflection, and deployed in every instance of mundane life.

Theology Philosophy The papacy Virtue

The Pain of Pope Benedict's Resignation

Andrew M. Haines

The personal decision of the Holy Father was a final public instruction on the practical, sometimes uncomfortable character of deep faith expected for each and every Christian.

The papacy The church

Ladaria: A Wonderful Appointment to Head the CDF

Andrew M. Haines

I remember him — back when he was just Father Ladaria — as an extremely gentle but intellectually powerful man.

The church

Word, Faith, and Philosophy

Andrew M. Haines

An epistemological crisis of faith has to do with our struggle to acknowledge that ideas about the structure of faith are worth believing.

Theology Philosophy God

Christ Sol Invictus: A Way Out of Our Christian Epistemological Crisis

Andrew M. Haines

The prick of the inevitable “perhaps” in our mind is an indirect perception of the Son of God; the Unconquered Sun who knows us, and whose knowledge of us causes us to be able to know at all.

Theology Philosophy God

Duc In Altum: Ratzinger's 'Ocean of Uncertainty' and Our Present Epistemological Crisis

Andrew M. Haines

The ocean of uncertainty is the spot we have been assigned for our faith. And until belief is rejected, its unrejectability remains obscure.

Philosophy Essential God

A Church Loved, Not Criticized

Andrew M. Haines

We should recall and speak first of “God’s wisdom, mysterious, hidden, which God predetermined before the ages for our glory."

Theology The church

Play-Doh, a Pivot Toward Transcendence?

Andrew M. Haines

In almost the blink of an eye, my son’s mind connected the physical rules of Play-Doh with a non-obvious mathematical need to get what he wanted.

Philosophy God

You're Probably Not Part of a New Catholic 'Underground'

Andrew M. Haines

For a literate culture to be “alone without books” is, for Dostoevsky, the absolute height of decadence. And we live it, we indulge in it.

Philosophy

Beauty, the Enemy of My Doubt

Andrew M. Haines

I'm not alone in doubting, in feeling uncertain. I am alone, however, in my particular doubts.

The Pope's Painful Liturgies

Andrew M. Haines