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- "When someone opposes me, he arouses my attention, not my anger. I go to meet a man who contradicts me, who instructs me. The cause of truth should be the common cause of both." -- Montaigne
- "If your anger decreases with time, you did injustice; if it increases, you suffered injustice." -- Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- "And the missionaries, they tell us we will be left behind. / Been left behind a thousand times, a thousand times." -- Arcade Fire
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
- Does a Political Question Amount to an Attack? Mika Brzezinski asks Sen. McCaskill October 8, 2015
- ACLU’s Nadine Strossen Gives Keynote For FIRE October 1, 2015
- President Obama Has a Genuinely Liberal Perspective on Free Speech September 19, 2015
- “Almost an Inkling” Flash Fiction Contest Week 1 Winners! October 5, 2015
- Playlist For The Ark, 2015 October 2, 2015
- The Fall and the Expulsion from Paradise — The Limbourg Brothers October 1, 2015
- keitai(in Japan) a mobile phone...
- jejune: Dictionary.com Word of the Day October 10, 2015jejune: without interest or significance; dull; insipid.
- jejune: Dictionary.com Word of the Day October 10, 2015
- Poem of the Day: A Dandelion for My Mother October 10, 2015How I loved those spiky suns, rooted stubborn as childhood in the grass, tough as the farmer's big-headed children—the mats of yellow hair, the bowl-cut fringe. How sturdy they were and how slowly they turned themselves into galaxies, domes of ghost stars barely visible by day, pale cerebrums clinging to life on tough green […]Jean Nordhaus
- Poem of the Day: A Dandelion for My Mother October 10, 2015
- All You Did October 10, 2015by Kay Ryan
- All You Did October 10, 2015
- Desert October 10, 2015[Revised entry by Fred Feldman and Brad Skow on October 9, 2015. Changes to: 0] Claims about desert are familiar and frequent in ordinary non-philosophical conversation. We say that a hard-working and productive student deserves a high grade; that a vicious criminal deserves a harsh penalty; that someone who has suffered a series of misfortunes deserves some […]Fred Feldman and Brad Skow
- Medieval Theories of Singular Terms October 9, 2015[Revised entry by E. Jennifer Ashworth on October 9, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] A singular term, such as a proper name or a demonstrative pronoun, is a term that signifies exactly one individual thing. The existence of singular terms raises various questions about how they function within a language. Do proper names have a sense as well as a […]E. Jennifer Ashworth
- Desert October 10, 2015
- Seneca, Lucius Annaeus September 25, 2015Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c. 4 B.C.E.—65 C.E.) The ancient Greek philosopher Seneca was a Stoic who adopted and argued largely from within the framework he inherited from his Stoic predecessors. His Letters to Lucilius have long been widely read Stoic texts. Seneca's texts have many aims: he writes to exhort readers to philosophy, to encourage … Continue r […]
- Modal Logic September 24, 2015Modal Logic (draft: do not quote) Modal notions go beyond the merely true or false, embedding what we say or think in a larger conceptual space referring to what might be or might have been, should be or should have been, or can still come to be. Modal expressions occur in a remarkably wide range … Continue reading Modal Logic →
- Seneca, Lucius Annaeus September 25, 2015
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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"
- Taylor Marshall's short history lesson: Catholicism, Protestantism, and the Church of England
- London Postcard: 'People living in darkness have seen a great light'
- L'Abri Fellowship audio library now available online; free, downloadable lectures!
- 616, the Neighbor of the Beast -- or, the manuscript that could doom dispensationalist literature
- Conservative revolution, radical revolution: there's a difference
- How Martin Luther's translation of the Bible influenced the German language
- New books: What Martin Luther thought about prayer beads
Arts and humansArt is the signature of man. -G.K. Chesterton
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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"