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"Referee won't blow the whistle / God is good but will he listen?" -- U2
- "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
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- argonaut: Dictionary.com Word of the Day August 4, 2015argonaut: a person in quest of something dangerous but rewarding; adventurer.
- argonaut: Dictionary.com Word of the Day August 4, 2015
- Poem of the Day: Pasco, Barbara August 4, 2015I find I am descending in a propeller plane upon Pasco in the state of Washington. I accept this; I have reasons for participating in the experiential sequence that has brought me here. Down below the land is printed with huge circles, doubtless an irrigation system, doubtless it makes sense. There are people who understand it living with dignity in square h […]Mark Halliday
- Poem of the Day: Pasco, Barbara August 4, 2015
- Her Name is Rose August 4, 2015by Peter Pereira
- Her Name is Rose August 4, 2015
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel August 4, 2015[Revised entry by Paul Redding on August 4, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Along with J.G. Fichte and, at least in his early work, F.W.J. von Schelling, Hegel (1770 - 1831) belongs to the period of German idealism in the decades following Kant. The most systematic of the post-Kantian idealists, Hegel attempted, throughout his published writings a […]Paul Redding
- Gottlob Frege August 4, 2015[Revised entry by Edward N. Zalta on August 4, 2015. Changes to: Main text, catalog.html] Friedrich Ludwig Gottlob Frege (b. 1848, d. 1925) was a German mathematician, logician, and philosopher who worked at the University of Jena. Frege essentially reconceived the discipline of logic by constructing a formal system which, in effect, constituted the first […]Edward N. Zalta
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel August 4, 2015
- Ancient Ethics July 28, 2015Ancient Ethics Ethical reflection in ancient Greece and Rome starts from all of an agent’s ends or goals and tries to systematize them. Our ends are diverse. We typically want, among other things, material comfort, health, respect from peers and love from friends and family, successful children, healthy emotional lives, and intellectual achievement. We see … […]
- Dunyi, Zhou July 25, 2015Zhou Dunyi (Chou Tun-i, 1017-1073) Zhou Dunyi (sometimes romanized as Chou Tun-i and also known by his posthumous name, Zhou Lianxi) has long been highly esteemed by Chinese thinkers. He is considered one of the first “Neo-Confucians,” a group of thinkers who draw heavily on Buddhist and Daoist metaphysics to articulate a comprehensive, Confucian religious […]
- Ancient Ethics July 28, 2015
- A Close Look at the Connectivity of a Single Brain August 2, 2015In a new paper just out in Neuron, researchers Timothy Laumann and colleagues present an in-depth look at a single human brain. The brain in question belongs to neuroscientist Russ Poldrack, and he's one of the authors of the paper. Poldrack was fMRI scanned a total of 84 times over a period of 532 days. The goal of this intense scanning schedule was to […]
- Social Priming: Time for A Definitive Test? July 30, 2015The scientific controversy over social priming - the (claimed) ability of incidental exposure to stimuli to 'prime' or evoke complex behaviors - has been rumbling for the past few years. Will it ever end? In this post I'll propose one way in which I think it could be resolved. 'Social priming' is a fascinating concept. A paradigmatic […]
- A Close Look at the Connectivity of a Single Brain August 2, 2015
- Here’s What’s Not Going on with BioLogosCornelius Hunter’s claim that BioLogos advances the “Warfare Thesis” between science and religion is wholly unfounded.
- Alex Berezow and Stephen Meyer talk about God and Evolution on the Michael Medved Show"I believe that demonstrating the existence of intelligent agency with the tools of science is impossible." - Alex Berezow
- Here’s What’s Not Going on with BioLogos
- Announcing Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Francisco Salas Pérez, and Miranda Trimmier August 4, 2015We are thrilled to welcome the newest contributing editors to join the New Inquiry team: Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Francisco Salas Pérez, and Miranda Trimmier. Kameelah Janan Rasheed is a conceptual artist, writer and former public high school teacher turned curriculum writer. In her free time, she enjoys reading about new religious movements, cordycep fungi a […]Max Fox
- Sex Appeal, Beauty, and Normalcy: Rachel Hills’ “The Sex Myth” August 4, 2015Desirability is not the same as desire itself.Autumn Whitefield-Madrano
- Announcing Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Francisco Salas Pérez, and Miranda Trimmier August 4, 2015
- The cherry's on top: Celibacies and surface reading July 29, 2015 Natalia Cecire
- Walter Pater's Renaissance July 20, 2015 Christopher Warley
- Defiance at Despair: On the Meaning of the Greek "No" July 16, 2015 Gregory Jusdanis
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"
- New books: What Martin Luther thought about prayer beads
- 'Former Bayside Church & Mars Hill Church Attender Protests Mark Driscoll’s Return to the Stage at Thrive Leadership Conference'
- How Martin Luther's translation of the Bible influenced the German language
- Os Guinness: Faith in doubt
- George Orwell's letter to Malcolm Muggeridge
- Jewish Community President in Paris compares his situation to German Jews under Third Reich
- A thread of Christianity present in Socrates -- an excerpt from 'Phenomenology as a Mystical Discipline'
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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"