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Daniel McGiffin


Daniel McGiffin graduated the University of Notre Dame with a degree in the Program of Liberal Studies. While working as a full-time fundraiser, he runs the blog Backroom Catholic and writes about politics and philosophy for the Apostolate. He currently lives in Washington D.C. with his beautiful wife and son. Follow Daniel online through his blog or on Twitter at @EpicusMontaigne.


John Henry Newman: Real, Rational, Religion

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Cardinal Newman

In the late nineteenth century, Catholic-convert Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman published one of the all-time greatest works on the epistemology of faith. Essay in Aid of the Grammar of Assent was written in response to trends in thought widespread in 19th c. Oxford. Since the Enlightenment (and before) the Catholic Church has been criticized for the dogmatic structure of its faith and morals. People like Immanuel Kant and David Hume have spoken of dogma as if it were a leash or blinders, as... Read More