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Incapable of doubt, incapable of faithThe majority of mankind is lazy-minded, incurious, absorbed in vanities, and tepid in emotion, and is therefore incapable of either much doubt or much faith. -- T.S. Eliot, Introduction (1931), Pascal's "Pensees"
Wittgenstein on Kierkegaard
"Kierkegaard was by far the most profound thinker of the[nineteenth] century. Kierkegaard was a saint." - Ludwig Wittgenstein, to his friend Maurice Drury.
Read Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard: Religion, Individuality, and Philosophical Method by Charles L. Creegan free online.
Problem or Mystery?A problem is something which I meet, which I find completely before me, but which I can therefore lay siege to and reduce. But a mystery is something in which I am myself involved, and it can therefore only be thought of as a sphere where the distinction between what is in me and what is before me loses its meaning and initial validity. -- Gabriel Marcel
- Steve McQueen with vinyl records March 12, 2014Keep your edge with The Latest News from indie bookstores, record stores, and short-film creators, only at BooksAndVinyl.com.Check out Steve McQueen with vinyl records! Related PostsBob Dylan, Lou Reed & Scott Simon […]The post Steve McQueen with vinyl records appeared first on Books And Vinyl.
- Paul Stanley’s autobiography is due on April 8; listen to him read an excerpt March 11, 2014Keep your edge with The Latest News from indie bookstores, record stores, and short-film creators, only at BooksAndVinyl.com.“We’ve been rock and roll for 40 years; they just joined in.” — Paul Stanley […]The post Paul Stanley’s autobiography is due on April 8; listen to him read an excerpt appeared first on Books And Vinyl.
- One Tune Review: ‘Supernatural Lover’ by VanDeRocker March 5, 2014Keep your edge with The Latest News from indie bookstores, record stores, and short-film creators, only at BooksAndVinyl.com.In the late 1970s, when New Wave and punk had influenced enough bands, mainstream pop […]The post One Tune Review: ‘Supernatural Lover’ by VanDeRocker appeared first on Books And Vinyl.
- Steve McQueen with vinyl records March 12, 2014
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- triumvirate: Dictionary.com Word of the Day March 15, 2014
- Poem of the Day: The Dependencies March 15, 2014This morning, between two branches of a tree Beside the door, epeira once again Has spun and signed his tapestry and trap. I test his early-warning system and It works, he scrambles forth in sable with The yellow hieroglyph that no one knows The meaning of. And I remember now How yesterday at dusk the nighthawks came Back as they do about this […]Howard Nemerov
- Poem of the Day: The Dependencies March 15, 2014
- Conversation 4: On Place by Rosemarie Waldrop March 15, 2014by Rosemarie Waldrop
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- The Problem of Induction March 15, 2014[Revised entry by John Vickers on March 14, 2014. Changes to: Bibliography] The original problem of induction can be simply put. It concerns the support or justification of inductive methods; methods that predict or infer, in Hume's words, that "instances of which we have had no experience resemble those of which we have had experience" (THN, […]John Vickers
- John Norris March 14, 2014[Revised entry by June Yang on March 13, 2014. Changes to: Bibliography] John Norris (1657 - 1711) continued the broadly Cartesian project in late 17th Century England despite the ever-growing prominence of Lockean empiricism. Norris wrote on numerous topics, including politics, religion, philosophy and the Christian life. He also composed poetry. This entry […]June Yang
- Alfred Schutz March 14, 2014[Revised entry by Michael Barber on March 13, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Alfred Schutz, more than any other phenomenologist, attempted to relate the thought of Edmund Husserl to the social world and the social sciences. His Phenomenology of the Social World supplied philosophical foundations for Max Weber's sociology and for economics, w […]Michael Barber
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- Nietzsche, Friedrich: Philosophy of History March 8, 2014
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- The Wit and Wisdom of Psychology Abstracts March 8, 2014The abstract to a scientific paper is a brief summary of the content. The start of an abstract, in turn, serves to introduce the subject of the research. This is fine for most kinds of science, but in the case of psychology (and parts of neuroscience) it can produce some rather odd results. In these […]The post The Wit and Wisdom of Psychology Abstracts appe […]
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- Origins News Roundup for March 14, 2014This week in Origins news, a few different takes on the new COSMOS series on Fox, some intriguing discoveries and theories about dinosaurs, and a smattering of articles supporting women in science—who are often an underrepresented group in STEM fields.
- Evolution Basics: Becoming Human, Part 1: Mitochondrial Eve and Y Chromosome AdamWait just a second, you say – isn’t the evidence strong that modern humans descend from a population that has never numbered less than about 10,000 individuals (and as such, is a topic of significant theological consideration. How is it, then, that all humans can share a single woman and single man as common ancestors?
- Christian Women in STEM Are a Valuable MinorityOver the past few years I have followed the HuffPost pages that address the gender gap in STEM and the challenges that women face. Those challenges are often greater for women who identify themselves as Christians.
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Liturgy For The PeopleThe liturgy is essentially not the religion of the cultured, but the religion of the people. If the people are rightly instructed, and the liturgy is properly carried out, they display a simple and profound understanding of it. For the people do not analyze concepts, but contemplate. The people possess that inner integrity of being which corresponds perfectly with the symbolism of the liturgical language, imagery, action and ornaments. The cultured man has first of all to accustom himself to this attitude; but to the people it has always been inconceivable that religion should express itself by abstract ideas and logical developments, and not by being and action, by imagery and ritual. --Romano Guardini, "The Awakening of the Church in the Soul"
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The Anguished QuestionIf you really enquire about God, not with mere curiosity, not, as it were, like a spiritual stamp collector, but as an anxious seeker, distressed in heart, anguished by the possibility that God might not exist and hence all life be vanity and one great madness -- if you ask in such a mood as the man who asks the doctor, "Tell me, will my wife live or will she die?"-- if you ask thus about God, then you know already that God exists; the anguished question bears witness that you know. -- Emil Brunner, "Our Faith"
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