Dennis Buonafede

About the Author

As of February, 2015, Dennis Buonafede has been teaching High School Religion and Philosophy in Ontario, Canada for the past 14 years. Dennis grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia before moving to Ontario where he completed his B.A. in Philosophy at St. Peter’s Seminary at the University of Western Ontario, his M.Div. as a lay student at St. Augustine’s Seminary at the University of Toronto and his Bachelor of Education degree at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Prior to transferring to St. Augustine's, he studied at Holy Apostles Seminary in Connecticut from 1990-1992.

Dennis has been married to Teresa for 20 years and they have two children aged 16 and 18. Dennis is an active member of his parish and has been a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1995. He was a Charter Member of Council 11708 and PGK of Council 8851. He co-developed a leadership program for the KofC sponsored Ontario Catholic Youth Leadership Camp and was the camp director for 3 years. Dennis is currently a Civilian Instructor with Air Cadet 242 Squadron where his son is a Warrant Officer 2nd Class. Dennis is a voracious reader, likes to ride motorcycles and enjoys fishing. He follows hockey (Toronto Maple Leafs) and football (Chicago Bears).

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"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

When Truth is Abandoned

Merchants of Death — Alfred C. Kinsey I recently came across an article on Mercatornet.com which introduced me to an interview of Camille Paglia in Spiked, a British publication. Ms. Paglia is a radical feminist and lesbian who isn’t afraid to go counter to the “mainstream” politically correct views dictated for acceptance today. In the course of the interview she said […]

When Science is not…

Merchants of Death Series — Margaret Mead In the course of teaching philosophy to my students I try to lay out the development of the world they live in by showing them the ideas that shaped it, much as I have done in this series. Juxtaposed with true philosophy (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas), they see that the world they live […]

Sigmund Freud, Diversity Training and Gender Identity

“…but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6) For those of us who work in the field of education, it is not possible to avoid the every […]

Where did all the large families go?

“Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14). “The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it” (Margaret Sanger). [i] Teachers, especially philosophy teachers, often try to shake up the pre-conceived ideas of their students so […]

The Miracle of the Sun at Fatima — October 13, 1917

Mary Warns Her Children of Danger

“If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church.” (Second Secret of Our Lay of Fatima) The Merchants of Death — Vladimir Ilyich Lenin October 1917 was a momentous month in the history of the twentieth century. On the […]

Hell Unleashed

God is Dead Morality — Friedrich Nietzsche and Hell Unleashed With today’s philosopher in our series, we have arrived at the end of the road on our journey through the ideas that have led to the moral (or lack thereof) world in which we live. It all culminates here. To this point we have examined the “thinkers,” those who engaged in […]

Is there a Homo optimus in your future?

Homo optimus and the God is Dead Morality The saying goes that “truth is stranger than fiction” and there are some days when I firmly believe it. Just prior to writing this article, I came across two headlines out of Britain that sounded like science fiction but were presented as much more real than that. The first article, published by […]

"Christ before Caiaphas" (detail) by Mattias Stom

“Pig Philosophy”

The next idea that we will examine on our journey down the road of ideas that has led to our current “God is Dead” morality was once described as “Pig Philosophy” by the Scottish philosopher and satirical writer, Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881). First a story. Imagine that you are a small town sheriff in the Southern United States in the early […]

Marx, Atheistic Materialism and Class Struggle

If ever someone challenges the truthfulness of the concept that “ideas have consequences” it would be good to remind them of our next philosopher in this examination of the causes of our modern “God is Dead” morality. Besides Karl Marx, no other writer has written anything that has caused so much bloodshed in the history of ideas. As a result […]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A Philosophy Built on Sand

Rousseau, along with Descartes, Hobbes, and as we will see, many others, are philosophers and intellectuals that each constructed their philosophy and worldview based on their own subjective imaginations, their view of reality, not reality itself. While many of them had great insights, and in some ways bordered on genius, the fact of the matter remains that theirs is a […]