McManaman , Douglas P.
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Douglas P. McManaman is a Deacon and a Religion and Philosophy teacher at Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy in Markham, Ontario, Canada. He is the past President of the Canadian Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. He maintains the following web site for his students: A Catholic Philosophy and Theology Resource Page.



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Human Constraints and Knowing the Will of God

"How in the world am I to know what God wants me to do? How do I know what the will of God is?" Perhaps what needs to be done. And it is the Holy Spirit who gives us the ability to want to do what needs to be done, and with an effectiveness that is beyond our natural ability.

Date posted: 2016-05-17

Various Thoughts on the Limitations of Human Knowing

The limitations that matter and sense perception impose on us affect every level of human awareness and cognition. If we fail to appreciate the role that subjective epistemic conditions play in the genesis of our knowledge, we may end up believing that the epistemic model or conceptual framework through which we see and interpret the real is far more comprehensive than it actually is.

Date posted: 2016-05-13

Recognizing the Voice of the Shepherd

If someone is a true prophet, that is, a genuine mouthpiece of God, you will recognize it immediately, but only if you know Christ's voice from within you first, and you will know his voice from within you only if you have allowed him into you.

Date posted: 2016-04-18

Some Thoughts on Vincible and Invincible Ignorance

The history of science is a history of errors, a history of failed hypotheses and inadequate models. It is, in short, the history of failure. And yet consider how much better our lives are as a result of the progress of science. Our own individual lives are very much like the history of science; a series of failures, and for the vast majority of the time we have been walking in the dark; but that series of failures remains the very means of success.

Date posted: 2016-03-26

The Divine Exchange

Each one of us has our own personal battle, but our battle can now be won; for Christ was victorious over Satan in the desert. To win our own battle, he only asks us to give him our humanity. In return, he will give us his divinity: "You give me your humanity, and I will give you my divinity. With my divinity, you will rise above sin, and ultimately, you will enter into the unimaginable joy of eternal life". This gospel shows us just what is involved in that exchange.

Date posted: 2016-02-27

Some Thoughts on Utilitarianism and the Good as Such

A young student of mine recently expressed his inability to see the sense in the absolute precept that "one must not do evil to achieve good". Returning to the scenario of a man who is given the option to push a button, which will release carbon monoxide into the home of a family of five, killing all five in the middle of the night, or not push the button, in which case thousands would be summarily executed by a brutal tyrant in retaliation for not killing those five, he could not for the life of him understand how the decision not to push the button would constitute a morally responsible choice.

Date posted: 2016-01-18

Creating Domestic Anchors

There are all sorts of anchors that influence us in ways we are not explicitly aware of. There are cultural anchors, and many of them are moral anchors, which are culturally accepted standards, and today the moral anchors of contemporary popular culture are very low, but so few are aware of it. The only way to move civilization forward is through the creation of domestic anchors--the moral anchors that are established in the context of the family.

Date posted: 2016-01-02

Why God Became Man

The great lesson human beings have to learn is that our glory is humility, not intelligence. Wisdom is the result of having a great deal of experience in being wrong, and only those with memory can benefit from such experience; everyone is wrong most of the time, but so few there are who remember it, who do not suppress the experience and who will instead reflect upon it.

Date posted: 2016-01-02