About Peter S. Bradley

I am a practicing business-litigation and plaintiff's employment law trial attorney. My interests include history, philosophy, religion, science, science fiction and law.

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  • Peter shared from The Summa Theologica: Complete Edition by Saint Thomas Aquinas
    Reply to Objection 3: Desire gives pleasure, so long as there is hope of obtaining that which is desired. But, when hope is removed through the presence of an obstacle, desire causes sorrow.
  • Peter shared from Faith Hope Love by Josef Pieper
    It is astonishing to see with what outspoken candor a theologian such as Thomas Aquinas describes this element of uncertainty in the act of belief. In contrast to insight and knowledge, he says, it is part of the nature of belief to leave doubts possible.10 This possibility is based on the fact that the believer’s intellect is not really satisfied; rather, the mind, insofar as it believes, is operating not on its own but on alien soil.11
  • Peter shared from Faith Hope Love by Josef Pieper
    Thomas Aquinas has coined a terse formulation for the duality of the matter:3 in belief, he says, there is “aliquid perfectionis et aliquid imperfectionis”, an element of perfection and an element of imperfection. The perfection inheres in the firmness of the assent, the imperfection in the fact that no vision operates—with the result that the believer is troubled by a lingering “mental unrest”.4
  • Peter shared from Faith Hope Love by Josef Pieper
    To be sure, trusting reliance is by nature a free act. No argumentation, no matter how “compelling”, can actually bring us to “believe” in someone else. Nevertheless, this act does not take place in a vacuum and without reason—without, for example, some conviction of the credibility of the witness on whom we rely.
  • Peter shared from Faith Hope Love by Josef Pieper
    What is willed is the act of belief itself; the believer believes because he wants to believe.
(Fresno, California, USA)
Peter S. Bradley