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Theology

Theo-logos, Word of God

Theology is indeed the study of God; the study of the Word of God. It is inseparable from a relationship with God. It is much more than intellectual speculation. And yet, theology compels the intellect of the person to take an honest look at revelation, notably in the person of Jesus Christ, who the Catholic Church proclaims to be the Word of God. The contributors of Le Nouvel Esprit will be sure to elaborate on this truth in the articles of this section.

Le Nouvel Esprit seeks above all to share the truth in fidelity precisely to the source of God's revelation to man, the Catholic Church. It is our hope that the truth shared in this site help the readers know and love Christ and His Church, and that we know and love so as to walk with the newness of life promised to us in Christ.

Our articles are organized under the following themes:

Marijuana

Faith and Science

Articles

By Guillermo Moreno

Diversity is thought to be our greatest strength in mainstream American society. However, it is detrimental to the different kinds of social group identities. Some group identities conflict with the values of other groups and even with the status quo, which is overwhelmingly Leftist. Group identities make it difficult to completely severe associations with a value system such as a religion. Here we analyze the division within Catholic circles in terms of values and beliefs, inevitably forming two opposing camps that generally align with either conservatism or liberalism. We also analyze what 'Catholic' actually is, and the reader is led to conclude which lines of thinking are ultimately consistent with the Catholic religion.

On Marijuana

By Jeremy Hausotter

The series On Marijuana is broken up into five parts. Part I discusses the Church's teachings based on the Catechism and Church: Drugs and Drug Addiction on drugs in general and why it is immoral to use drugs outside of medicinal purposes. Furthermore, the Church argues that there is distinction between soft and hard drugs, from which it follows that marijuana is considered by the Church to be a hard or dangerous drug like cocaine, heroin, crack, and etc. Published 1/1/2021.

Part II focuses on the health effects of marijuana drawing from many medical studies, good and ill. Many of the medical claims about marijuana are in fact false. Published 1/1/2021.

By Jeremy Hausotter

By Jeremy Hausotter

Part III is dedicated to understanding the distinction between drugs and alcohol. It briefly considers some of the medical differences and then develops a Biblical theology of drugs and alcohol. Theologically, it does not make sense to equate both substances. Alcohol represents life, especially life in Christ whereas drugs is akin to drunkenness which is associated with sin and death. Published 1/1/2021.

By Jeremy Hausotter

Part IV explores Joseph Ratzinger's theology of drugs. Ratzinger argues that the drug phenomenon arose out of a spiritual void originating from the philosophical error which equated objectivity with the facticity of the world. Quantity, properties, and the laws of nature exhaust the world of objectivity. This means that religion and morality belong to what is subjective and a matter of private opinion. Drugs are hence an escape from this brutalized world of facts. Published 1/1/2021.

By Jeremy Hausotter

Part V investigates the question whether one can use drugs to induce mystical experience. The article answers negatively to the question based on the philosophies of Martin Buber and Rudolph Otto, arguing that religious experience in essence is an I-You encounter between man and the eternal You who is wholly Other. Published 1/1/2021.

Faith and Science

 
 

This article analyzes the theological implications behind the popular notion of time travel, arguing time travel into the past is impossible because it implies that God is mutable. Published 4/11/2021. 

By Jeremy Hausotter

The Conversion of St. Paul by Luca Giordano

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