About: Kevin Rice
- Married Catholic professional in the field of Intellectual Disabilities Support with an academic background in philosophy (B.A. from Stony Brook University, ABT (All But Thesis) in the MA Philosophy program at Franciscan University of Steubenville with emphases in Existentialism [Kierkegaard, Marcel, Sartre, Heidegger, Neitzsche], Existential Thomism [W. Norris Clarke, Maritain, Gilson], Phenomenological Personalism [Wojtyla, Mounier, John Crosby] and Natural Law Ethics [Finnis]. Favorite thinkers: St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, Aristotle and Plato. Strictly amateur lay theologian and apologist, entirely self-trained, favoring an Old School exegetical approach to scripture and tradition, disdainful of modern hermeneutical approaches [e.g., the Documentary Hypothesis of the origin of the Pentateuch, Form Critical assumptions about the gospels, the Two Source theory Marcan Priority plus the mythical Q document (I much prefer the Greisbach view of traditional Matthean Priority, especially as developed by William Farmer and Dom Bernard Orchard, OSB)], faithful to the Pope and Magisterium, preferring the Tridentine Latin Mass to the Byzantine Rite liturgy, and the latter to the Novus Ordo Missae, but accepting of Vatican II reforms with some reservations about their prudential value. Sympathetic to Traditionalists, and hopeful about the new liturguical "reform of the reform". Politically I tend to favor traditional conservative and occasionally even libertarian ideas, and I believe in their compatibility with an Old School reading of Catholic Social Teaching (Free Market Dstributism emphasizing Rerum Novarum and reading later CST documents in the light of the Leo XIII encyclical on Capital and Labor, rather than the other way around). Favorite target of economic philosophical criticism: Karl Marx, especially his socially radical Dialectical Materialist acceptance of Adam Smith's labor theory of value. Favorite Distributist quote: "Too much capitalism does not mean too many capitalists, but too few capitalists." (G.K. Chesterton). Favorite Chesterton quote: "The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man."