Category Archives: Philosophy

How I Have Changed

I spent a couple of hours today chatting with an old friend of mine. He is now a pastor of a Lutheran congregation. He is a fine fellow whom I long to re-acquaint face to face with a pipe and … Continue reading

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The Evangelical, the Damning Statistics, and What To Do About It, Part I

The results are in and they don’t look good. Christianity Today reports on the Sex Lives of Unmarried Evangelicals. The two surveys offer differing numbers, but the conclusion is summarized in this manner: Bible Reading? Evangelicals who infrequently read the Bible were 70 … Continue reading

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Care to Know?

In her brilliant series of articles entitled Why Care about Knowing, Esther Meeks concludes: As confident as I am that skeptical voices fill our heads, I am more confident of a more truthful voice speaking quietly from our gut, patiently … Continue reading

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Logic and God

Rationalists have long argued that God is logic and logic is God. But as Sean Choi observes, …if logic is God, then God would be abstract, since logic is abstract. But God can’t be abstract, since, as I understand it, … Continue reading

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Philosophers and Acts 17

Peter Leithart warns “…that it is significant that the apostle Paul appeared before kings, magistrates, presumably Caesar, and that he preached in synagogues, in stadia and in the temple. Only once, to our knowledge, did he preach to philosophers, and … Continue reading

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Plato’s Dual Morality

In the first volume of  Contra Mundum (1955) one of the authors refers to the dual morality of Plato who wrote in The Republic, Book III: Then if anyone at all is to have the privilege of lying, the rulers of … Continue reading

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Ayn Rand’s Philosophy…

As a self-professing advocate of the free market, I often come across Ayn Rand. Rand–who is committed to objectivism and Aristotelian logic–defines her philosophy thusly: My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his … Continue reading

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Faith and Reason…

My friend Joseph Torres has been blogging on the topic of Faith and Reason. His posts are concise and provide excellent summaries of major philosophical thinkers.

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The Enlightenment and its Effect on the Church

The philosophie des lumieres, commonly known as the Enlightenment, continues to have a destructive effect on our church’s liturgy and life. Hans Kung ably summarizes what was lost with the emergence of the Enlightenment: Order, hierarchy, authority, discipline, Church, dogma, … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity: Analysis and Application Part IV

The second book entitled What Christians Believe deals with alternatives to the Christian faith. Lewis first establishes that though other religions are inherently wrong as a whole, yet Christians cannot categorically affirm that they have nothing to offer that is … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity: Analysis and Application Part III

 C.S.Lewis ends the first book, dealing with two separate topics, namely, “What Lies Behind the Law,” and “We Have Cause to be Uneasy.” For Lewis (and it has been mentioned before), for a law to be worthy of obedience, it … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity: Analysis and Application Part II

  C.S. Lewis begins his discussion by applying the argument from morality. The general idea is that man in whatever circumstance he finds himself, is fully aware of a standard. For the atheist, that standard is circumstantial (or so he … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity – Analysis and Application Part I

Lewis, C.S. Mere Christianity. A Touchstone Book, Published by Simon & Schuster. New York, NY. 1952. This classic is drawn from three separate parts. The first is The Case for Christianity, then Christian Behaviour, and finally Beyond Personality. All three … Continue reading

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Ronald Nash Dies…

Ronald H. Nash, a great evangelical philosopher and apologist, died early this morning in Florida. Nash was a longtime professor at Western Kentucky University, Reformed Theological Seminary, and, until a stroke last year, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was … Continue reading

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Albert Camus and Judgment

The existentialists enthusiastically concur that the “now” is more significant than the 30 seconds from “now.” The present decision, environment, and being defines in a sense a person. In fact, Albert Camus said: “Do not wait for the last judgment. … Continue reading

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Peter Leithart on Matter and Spirit

Leithart Discussing the question of the corporeality of angels, Herman Bavinck argues that angels cannot have bodies because that would imply they are material and “matter and spirit are mutually exclusive.” He charges that “it is a form of pantheistic … Continue reading

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