1. Aquinas University of Legazpi | 67th Solemn Investiture | Photo Slide


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    Aquinas University of Legazpi 67th Solemn Investiture AUL Dome, Legazpi City March 31, 2015

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    • "KWENTONG SINGKWENTA " Arranged and Composed by: Timothy "Tyro" Alfaro 07


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      "KWENTONG SINGKWENTA " AQUINAS SCHOOL GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY MTV A collaboration of different Aquinian to create this Official 50th Golden Anniversary Homecoming event of Aquinas School in San Juan. A Catholic School exclusively for Boys, The material is composed of different celebrities and professionals set the pride and glory of Aquinians as they play a major role in developing future famous Members of Society...

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      • Nina's Highlight reel


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        Nina's Junior Year end of seasons Highlight Film for The Aquinas Lady Irish

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        • Anthony Miller at SES


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          SGA Scholarship Contest 2014 Filmed by Taylor Hopkins; www.taylormhopkins.com Edited by Anthony Miller; www.amiller.bandcamp.com Music by Canine Car Crash; www.caninecarcrash.bandcamp.com

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          • A Unique Mission of HOPE


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            A close look at the Institute for Personalist Psychology, a Catholic non-profit counselor formation center in New York founded in honor of the life and works of Drs. Anna Terruwe and Conrad Baars.

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            • In Paradise, 2003


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              In early 2002 and 2003 my art was centered on comparing city pigeons to human social behavior. I was interested in human relationships, particularly of men to women, and I am still interested in cultural and biological definitions of gender and personality. The sound was made from reconfiguring a clip of a song and altering my voice to sound male for the first reading. Karen W. Sarrow, 2003

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              • The Argument from Efficient Causality for the Existence of God (Part 4) (TRtB #45)


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                Our Reasons to Believe Scripture passage for today is Isaiah 50:4. It reads, "The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned." Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Billy Graham. Someone once asked Billy Graham, "If Christianity is valid, why is there so much evil in the world?" To this the famous preacher replied, "With so much soap, why are there so many dirty people in the world? Christianity, like soap, must be personally applied if it is to make a difference in our lives." Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "The Argument from Time and Contingency for the Existence of God" (part 3) from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli: 1. We notice around us things that come into being and go out of being. A tree, for example, grows from a tiny shoot, flowers brilliantly, then withers and dies. 2. Whatever comes into being or goes out of being does not have to be; its nonbeing is a real possibility. 3. Suppose that nothing has to be; that is, that nonbeing is a real possibility for everything. 4. Then right now nothing would exist. For 5. If the universe began to exist, then all being must trace its origin to some past moment before which there existed --- literally --- nothing at all. But 6. From nothing nothing comes. So 7. The universe could not have begun. 8. But suppose the universe never began. Then, for the infinitely long duration of cosmic history, all being had the built-in possibility not to be. But 9. If in an infinite time that possibility was never realized, then it could not have been a real possibility at all. So 10. There must exist something which has to exist, which cannot not exist. This sort of being is called necessary. 11. Either this necessity belongs to the thing in itself or it is derived from another. If derived from another there must ultimately exist a being whose necessity is not derived, that is, an absolutely necessary being. 12. This absolutely necessary being is God. Even though you may never in fact step outside your house all day, it was possible for you to do so. Why is it impossible that the universe still happens to exist, even though it was possible for it to go out of existence? The two cases are not really parallel. To step outside your house on a given day is something that you may or may not choose to do. But if nonbeing is a real possibility for you, then you are the kind of being that cannot last forever. In other words, the possibility of nonbeing must be built-in, "programmed," part of your very constitution, a necessary property. And if all being is like that, then how could anything still exist after the passage of an infinite time? For an infinite time is every bit as long as forever. So being must have what it takes to last forever, that is, to stay in existence for an infinite time. Therefore there must exist within the realm of being something that does not tend to go out of existence. And this sort of being, as Aquinas says, is called "necessary."

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                • Aquinas Literacy Center "Words to Live By"


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                  Aquinas Literacy Center is a magical place on the near south side of Chicago where people of all cultures come to learn English as a second language with one on one tutoring, resources, technology and friendship based teaching within small group and individual opportunities. Volunteers bring English alive for over two hundred students every week.

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                  • Objections In the Discussion of Faith and Reason (Part 4) (The Reasons to Believe #39)


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                    Our Reasons to Believe Scripture passage for today is Colossians 2:8-9. It reads, "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily." Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Abraham Lincoln He said, "I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say that there is no God." Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "Objections In the Discussion of Faith and Reason" (Part 4) from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli: Today, we will continue with our objections and replies in the discussion of faith and reason: Objection 6: Doesn't reason take away the merit of faith? There is nothing praise-worthy in believing something because you see it, whether with your eyes or with your mind; but it is praiseworthy to trust a friend. To prove what you believe removes your merit, or praiseworthiness, in believing it; so it is not advantageous. Reply A: Since we are supposed to grow up and figure things out for ourselves, understand and proving our faith is praiseworthy. Our parents don't want us to remain children who don't understand them but can only trust them. (Nor do they want us to stop trusting them.) What is praiseworthy is obeying God's will in all things, including his will for us to grow up. Reply B: Reason is not more perfect virtue then faith, but it is more perfect knowledge. Faith is secondhand knowledge, through authority. In heaven there will be no need for faith. We will see and understand for ourselves. Insofar as we can do this on earth, this is progress, for heaven is the standard of real progress. To add reason to faith is progress, but to demand reason before faith is not. If I demand proof before trusting you, that means I trust you less. But to desire to rationally understand the one I trust is not a weakening of the trust. Reply C: Finally, we still need faith even after we know a truth by reason, to stave off irrational doubts. Reason and faith are not rivals but allies against irrational doubts, passion, prejudice, propaganda, fear, folly, fantasy and fallacy. There is a far harder task than the one we have dealt with. We have seen that there can never be any real contradiction between faith and reason, between Christian revelation and true philosophy or true science. It was about the task of being both a full Christian and a full philosopher or scientist. That task is easy. What is harder, and more precious, is to be a Christian philosopher or a Christian scientist. The greatness of giants like Augustine and Aquinas was not merely that they solved problems and resolved apparent contradictions between faith and reason, Christianity and philosophy; but that they married them, united them, permeated their philosophy with the light of faith. They were not, like Descartes (Day-cart), just philosophers who happened to be Christians or Christians who happened to be philosophers, but Christian philosophers. How do you do that? It takes more than a chapter in a book to say. Read them and see. You learn more about what a good marriage is by living in one than by reading all the books in the world about it. The same is true of the marriage between faith and reason. Through the magic of books, the masters still converse with us. We are invited to "come and see." The best way to become a good student, and then a good teacher, of Christian apologetics is to go to the masters to be taught, to sit at their feet. Even dwarves like us, if we have the good sense to do that, can become farsighted like eagles.

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                    • Objections In the Discussion of Faith and Reason (Part 3) (The Reasons to Believe #38)


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                      Released: June 10, 2014 By: Daniel Whyte III Our Reasons to Believe Scripture passage for today is 1 Corinthians 9:19-22. It reads, "For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some." Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Martin Luther. He said, "If the devil were wise enough and would stand by in silence and let the gospel be preached, he would suffer less harm. For when there is no battle for the gospel it rusts and it finds no cause and no occasion to show its vigor and power. Therefore, nothing better can befall the gospel than that the world should fight it with force and cunning." Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "Objections In the Discussion of Faith and Reason" (Part 3) from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli: Today, we will continue with our objections and replies in the discussion of faith and reason: Objection 5: But aren't Christians' reasons really rationalizations? Aquinas didn't really arrive at the existence of God by means of the reasoning in his five proofs; he learned it from his mother. Then, as an adult, he looked for some reasons to confirm the faith he had already adopted for nonlogical reasons. That's not reasoning but rationalizing. Reply A: Even if that were all Aquinas did, it would not invalidate his proofs. An irrational subjective motive does not necessarily mean an irrational objective argument. Suppose Einstein had discovered that E = MC squared because he was a Nazi who wanted to invent the atom bomb to conquer the Allies and win the world for Hitler. That bad motive would not mean that E does not equal MC squared. The objection commits "the genetic fallacy": confusing the psychological origin of an idea with its logical validity. Reply B: Looking for good reasons for your faith can be perfectly honest if you are also open to reasons against it, as Aquinas certainly was. The objections against the many doctrines he defends in the Summa are manifold, fairly stated and objectively answered. Reply C: Although Aquinas first learned about God by faith, Aristotle didn't. He knew nothing of the Scriptures, but much about God. History proves that human reason unaided by faith in divine revelation can come to know the existence and some of the attributes of God --- for example, that he is one, eternal, perfect, intelligent and the uncaused cause. Aristotle did just that. His reasoning was not rationalizing, for he had no faith to rationalize (except faith in reason itself). Revelation takes us for an easy ride up the mountain of truth in a divinely provided helicopter. Reason struggles and scrambles up the hard, slow footpath, and doesn't get nearly as far up. Neither way invalidates the other. But millions can get to the top in the helicopter, while only a few Aristotles can get more than a few feet up the path by walking.

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