Author Archives: Alura

About Alura

I just do my thing.

I Have Created a Facebook Page

Since my blog is a little over a year old now, I figured that I might as well start a Facebook page for it. I do not want to dabble too much into social media, but I saw this month … Continue reading

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Colin McGinn’s Inborn Knowledge: The Mystery Within

Colin McGinn’s Inborn Knowledge: The Mystery Within is an excellent monograph concerning the merits of rationalism in area of philosophy of mind, particularly concerning whether the mind is either a blank slate, or if it has innate ideas. Clocking in, so-to-speak, at … Continue reading

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Tychonius of Africa: His Exegesis & Ecclesiology

One of the most underappreciated Latin theologians and Church Fathers today is Tychonius of Africa, who lived during the late fourth century AD. This fact is surprising considering the that Tychonius’ two works, The Book of Rules (Liber regularum) and Exposition on … Continue reading

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Divorce & Remarriage in the Latin West: An Addendum

Many months ago, I made a post on the history of divorce and remarriage in the Latin West during the first millennium. In this post, I presented two Church Fathers, six church councils, and four penitential prescriptions that allow for … Continue reading

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Divorce & Remarriage in the Latin West: A Forgotten History

NOTE: I have since made a follow up post for this topic, which has further arguments and evidence. Click here to see it as well. Over the past many years, there have been a number of internet articles that speak of … Continue reading

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Upon this Rock: An Addendum

Recently it has come to my attention through criticism that my previous blog post on the Latin exegetical tradition of Matthew 16: 18-19 does not accurately take into account the Catholic Church’s position of Peter as the Rock and the … Continue reading

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Gerauld de Cordemoy’s Philosophy of Language & Mind

Gerauld de Cordemoy was a Cartesian philosopher, historian, and scientist during the closing decades of seventeenth-century France. Under the patronage of the King of France, Cordemoy immersed himself in his studies. One work in particular that has continued to garner … Continue reading

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L’Homme Machine: La Mettrie’s Philosophy of Mind

I recently just finished reading Julien Jean Offray de La Mettrie’s L’Homme Machine and have come away with a surprising appreciation for this 18th century French materialist philosopher. Originally published in 1747, La Mettrie’s philosophical treatise argued in favor of … Continue reading

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Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and Pope Francis: Enemies of the Enlightenment

About a couple of weeks ago, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow expressed himself as against the concept of human rights. Needless to say, the backlash against such comments was substantial insofar that the patriarch felt the need to respond. He made … Continue reading

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Catholic Proof Texts and One-liners for Papal Primacy Debunked: Part One

If there isn’t anything more annoying to an Orthodox individual who happens to engage in debate with a Catholic, it is the endless proof texts that Catholics trudge out to prove their case for their version of papal primacy, namely … Continue reading

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