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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
- 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.
- ‘The Following’ roundup — #TheFollowing on Twitter February 4, 2014Keep your edge with The Latest News from indie bookstores, record stores, and short-film creators, only at BooksAndVinyl.com.The coolest, funniest, smartest, and best-est comments from Twitter: How did they manage to make […]The post ‘The Following’ roundup — #TheFollowing on Twitter appeared first on Books And Vinyl.
- Bob Dylan, Lou Reed & Scott Simon are way cooler than Piers Morgan February 3, 2014Keep your edge with The Latest News from indie bookstores, record stores, and short-film creators, only at BooksAndVinyl.com.Apparently, Bob Dylan’s participation in a Chrysler ad damages his reputation. Horrible seeing a great […]The post Bob Dylan, Lou Reed & Scott Simon are way cooler than Piers Morgan appeared first on Books And Vinyl.
- One Tune Review: ‘Supernatural Lover’ by VanDeRocker March 5, 2014
- synergy: Dictionary.com Word of the Day March 9, 2014synergy: the interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements.
- synergy: Dictionary.com Word of the Day March 9, 2014
- Poem of the Day: Revelation at Cap Ferrat March 10, 2014It's not solely the dance of the juggler but his spirit: with its turkey wings, perfect thighs, sensuous hips, large round flat eye. This eye smiles like lips. Watch this eye— it's not a donkey eye. It's not solely the dancer who moves like a circus animal as though to children's music—no, it's the girl in the swing's rhythm, th […]Clarence Major
- Poem of the Day: Revelation at Cap Ferrat March 10, 2014
- Preludes for Memnon: I By Conrad Aiken March 10, 2014By Conrad Aiken
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- Lady Damaris Masham March 8, 2014[Revised entry by Sarah Hutton on March 7, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Damaris Masham (1658-1708) was one of the earliest English woman philosophers. The main sources for her philosophy are two published books, A Discourse Concerning the Love of God (1696) and Occasional Thoughts in Reference to a Vertuous and Christian Life (1705), and her co […]Sarah Hutton
- Lady Anne Conway March 8, 2014[Revised entry by Sarah Hutton on March 7, 2014. Changes to: Bibliography] Lady Anne Conway (nee Anne Finch) was one of a tiny minority of seventeenth-century women who was able to pursue an interest in philosophy. She was associated with the Cambridge Platonists, particularly Henry More (1614-1687). Her only surviving treatise, Principles of the Most Ancien […]Sarah Hutton
- Leibniz's Philosophy of Physics March 8, 2014[Revised entry by Jeffrey K. McDonough on March 7, 2014. Changes to: Bibliography] Although better known today for his bold metaphysics and optimistic theodicy, Leibniz's intellectual contributions extended well beyond what is now generally thought of as philosophy or theology. Remarkably in an era that knew the likes of Galileo, Descartes, Huygens, Hoo […]Jeffrey K. McDonough
- Lady Damaris Masham March 8, 2014
- Nietzsche, Friedrich: Philosophy of History March 8, 2014Friedrich Nietzsche: Philosophy of History This article traces the context and evolution of Nietzsche’s philosophy of history throughout his career. Attention is also given to its reception by thinkers in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Nietzsche rejected grand architectonics whose purpose seemed only to convince people that they will someday soon […]
- Sadra February 19, 2014Mulla Sadra (c. 1572—1640) Mulla Sadra made major contributions to Islamic metaphysics and to Shi’i theology during the Safavid period (1501-1736) in Persia. He started his career in the context of a rising culture that combined elements from the Persian past with the newly institutionalized Shi’ism and Sufi teachings. Mulla Sadra was heir to a […]
- Zhang Junmai (Carsun Chang) February 8, 2014Zhang Junmai (Carsun Chang, 1877-1969) Zhang Junmai (Chang Chun-mai, 1877-1969), also known as Carsun Chang, was an important twentieth-century Chinese thinker and a representative of modern Chinese philosophy. Zhang’s participation in “The Debate between Metaphysicians and Scientists” of 1923, in which he defended his Neo-Confucian views against those of Ch […]
- Nietzsche, Friedrich: Philosophy of History March 8, 2014
- 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 […]
- Hormones and Women Voters: A Very Modern Scientific Controversy March 4, 2014A paper just out in the journal Psychological Science says that: Women Can Keep the Vote: No Evidence That Hormonal Changes During the Menstrual Cycle Impact Political and Religious Beliefs This eye-catching title heads up an article that’s interesting in more ways than you’d think. According to the paper, authors Christine Harris and Laura Mickes […]The pos […]
- Baby Brain Scans Predict Later Cognitive Development? March 1, 2014The shape of a newborn baby’s brain can predict its later cognitive development, according to a new study from New York neuroscientists Marisa Spann and colleagues. Here’s the paper: Morphological features of the neonatal brain support development of subsequent cognitive, language, and motor abilities Now, while the word ‘phrenology‘ gets banded around a lot […]
- The Wit and Wisdom of Psychology Abstracts March 8, 2014
- “The Language of God” Book Club–Chapter 5Does Collins show that Evangelicals have turned the corner on the scandal Noll brought to light, or does the continued resistance of the majority of Evangelicals to Collins’s work (about 75% reject human evolution) show that we as a collective group still do not take the life of the mind seriously?
- The Controversy at Bryan CollegeAlthough Bryan’s position differs from ours, we hope that dialogue with other positions can be renewed and encouraged rather than stifled going forward.
- Robert Boyle Speaks to Modern ChristiansWhat does it really tell us, to say that “nature abhors a vacuum” or that “nature does nothing in vain?” As long as men allow themselves so general and easy a way of rendering accounts of things that are difficult, as to attribute them to “nature,” shame will not reduce them to a more industrious scrutiny into the reasons of things and curiosity itself will […]
- “The Language of God” Book Club–Chapter 5
- Sunday Reading March 9, 2014Pretty cool video about Detroit's business opportunitysAaron Bady
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- Ambitious Conditions: Taiye Selasi’s “Ghana Must Go” March 8, 2014“Ambitious” is a back-handed criticism, a way of positioning Selasi as a promising writer who had written a flawed first novel.Aaron Bady
- Sunday Reading March 9, 2014
- Beyond the Façade February 23, 2014Vladimir Putin's Fragile Empire Fragile Empire Ben Judah Yale University Press, 400 pages $30.00 As the Olympic festivities wind down in Sochi, western attention on Russia has been at levels unseen since the Cold War. As the most expensive Olympic games yet (the most recent estimate is $ 50-51 billion by the Washington Post), President Putin has in […]
- The End of the Line? September 26, 201325 years after Chrysler closed the AMC plant, how has Kenosha fared? The End of the Line? Twenty-five years ago, Chrysler closed its newly acquired plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The event made national headlines. Only a few months before, Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca had announced that the company intended to buy out French automaker Renault’s control […]
- The Voice of Ireland June 15, 2013An Interview with Author Kevin Barry The Voice of Ireland My wife tossed The New Yorker on to the tabletop, You have to read this short story, she said. I did. And the rhythm of the language and the force of the story led me on the rampant search for more. The author was an Irish writer named Kevin Barry whose work consists of two short story collectio […]
- Beyond the Façade February 23, 2014
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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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Apparently, the U.K. has privacy issues at least as bad as the U.S. — and that’s not to refer to the ubiquitous CCTV cameras throughout England.
Here’s a fascinating read about the design of the Latvian bobsleigh — written by the designer. The artistic combination of folklore, mythology, and pre-Christian religion is interesting.
Originally posted on Food, writing, random musings, and everything I enjoy:
Edit: not gold in volleyball, bet bronze in beach volleyball, beating the US team in the quarter finals. Thanks to the readers that spotted that mistake!
A satisfying end to the Olympic run was when team Latvia’s bobsleigh team nabbed Silver on the last day. The bobsleighists had been a favourite and everyone had hopes for the team. They didn’t let us down, and just missed gold by a sliver.
“I don’t think Lewis was by any means a natural storyteller, and all of his fiction suffers to one degree or another from his shortcomings in this regard,” sayeth literary critic and distinguished humanities professor Alan Jacobs. “Every time he sat down to write a story he was moving outside the sphere of his strongest writerly gifts.” To get Jacobs’ full view on the matter, as well as a few words about storytelling differences between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, read the entire post here: “the problem of Lewis the storyteller – Text Patterns – The New Atlantis”.
Linked below, ladies and gentlemen, is a multifaceted example of what happens when people really, really get to know their Bibles. Take note: the founder and leader of the described organization memorized entire chapters of the Bible. Mainlines churches just need more Bible so they can make sure their kids stop wearing denim and their women don’t use tampons, because all these things become apparent if you just really get to know the Word. This is what really, really, actually happens when people get into the Bible. The craziness ONLY HAS BIBLE SATURATION AS ITS SOURCE. Read the post — the guy doesn’t ALLOW anything but the Bible. For the record, I attended one of Bill Gothard’s “Institute of Basic Youth Conflicts” multi-day conferences, and a close friend forwarded me this post to explain what she experienced in Gothard’s ATI.
I think the following look at perception has everything to do with several areas of our daily lives: relationships, work, management, leadership, psychological insight, creativity, fine arts, and many more.
Originally posted on darth adorno:
1. Perception is transactional: perceptions can only be studied in terms of the transactions in which they can be observed. There is no separate, divisible event of perception; the act of perception occurs within transactions between humans and humans, humans and objects and objects and humans. Context is everything.
2. Perception is rooted in a personal behavioral center: perceiving is always done by a particular person from her own unique position in space and time and with her own combination of experiences, needs and set of transactions. For example what does the perceiver want or need from the perceived event? Perception is rooted in desire.
3. Perception is an externalization: each of us, through perceiving, creates a psychological environment which we believe exists independent of the experience.
HEY! Ask yourself what, exactly, is the problem here? Is it a politician’s hypocrisy? Or is it the celebrities’ gushing, uncritical acceptance of political rhetoric that (surprise!) had no actual bearing on a campaign platform? From whatever angle you see the problem, in the other culture, in the parallel culture of the anointed ones, this essentially embarrassing moment will not be critiqued or analyzed. None of the anointed ones will call-out Wendy Davis, or challenge the easily triggered celebrities. That’s because only when positions and public stands blow up in the faces of un-anointed people will the parallel culture apply its latent analytical skills. Outsiders like myself — passive anarchists who are sick of puff fish in politics and entertainment — appreciate sober-minded third-party types.
Originally posted on Twitchy:
Heh. Sarah Silverman, you’ve been had. By Wendy Davis, no less.
As Twitchy reported, Texas gubernatorial hopeful Davis has done a bit of an about-face on late-term abortion, and she now says she doesn’t think a ban on 20-week abortions is such a bad idea after all. That’s gotta smart for Davis’ Hollyweird admirers. Which makes this whole Davis debacle even sweeter.
So join us for a stroll down Memory Lane, won’t you, as we take a look at some of the lefty celebs who are probably feeling even stupider than usual today:
Unfortunately for Christianity and for book publishing and for aspirations of beginning an academic seminary, a recent post by Warren Throckmorton demonstrates once again the shoddy research and poor attribution ethic of Pastor Mark Driscoll. The pastor is involved with the founding of a seminary. For that to be successful and reliable in any sense, it will need a scholar of some gravitas to offset Driscoll’s involvement.
Please read “From Martin Luther To Mark Driscoll: A Literary Version Of The Telephone Game” by Throckmorton.
“While there are many nuanced definitions of plagiarism, most definitions agree that plagiarism is a writer’s deliberate use of someone’s words or ideas, and claiming them as their own with no intent to provide credit to the original source,” Tyndale House Publishers said in part of a statement released back in December.
Previously, as the Pastor Mark Driscoll plagiarism controversy has continued, I have pointed out how Tyndale House Publishers’ statement is at odds with The Chicago Manual of Style and The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
Excerpts from the other manuals provide different angles for professional rebuttals of Tyndale House’s position.
Here, I’ll just point out two things from the sixth edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, published by the Modern Language Association, or MLA. (Admittedly, the seventh edition is the most recent.)
First, the MLA Handbook has a section devoted to “Unintentional Plagiarism” on page 69. So, as I noted previously, “deliberate use” is not part of the equation, despite what Tyndale House claims.
Second, the citation errors that Warren Throckmorton has found in Driscoll’s books seem similar to, if not the same as, the “Forms of Plagiarism” found on pages 70-73 of the MLA Handbook (sixth edition). Most of those citation errors were noted by Throckmorton after Janet Mefferd’s initial confrontation of Driscoll to which Tyndale House replied.
Driscoll apologized for some of the citation errors.