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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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- saurian: Dictionary.com Word of the Day July 31, 2015saurian: resembling a lizard.
- saurian: Dictionary.com Word of the Day July 31, 2015
- Poem of the Day: Epic July 31, 2015It's you I'd like to see Greece again with You I'd like to take to bed of cyclamen You know I nurse a certain myth about myself that I descend de tribus d'origine asiatique and am part Thracian or Macedonian cleaving to a Hellenic mystique after centuries' migration inland a full moon rising over the Acropoli […]Ange Mlinko
- Poem of the Day: Epic July 31, 2015
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- Salomon Maimon August 1, 2015[Revised entry by Peter Thielke and Yitzhak Melamed on July 31, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Salomon Maimon (1753 - 1800) stands as one of the most acute, original, and complicated thinkers - and certainly one of the most fascinating personalities - of the 1780s and 1790s. By granting the principle of sufficient reason unlimited validity Maimon […]Peter Thielke and Yitzhak Melamed
- Punishment July 31, 2015[Revised entry by Hugo Adam Bedau and Erin Kelly on July 31, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The concept of punishment - its definition - and its practical application and justification during the past half-century have shown a marked drift away from efforts to reform and rehabilitate offenders in favor of retribution and incarceration. Punishment […]Hugo Adam Bedau and Erin Kelly
- Salomon Maimon August 1, 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
- 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 […]
- "Right Wing Brain Surgeons" And The NFL July 28, 2015This week (via Retraction Watch) we learned about the case of Joseph Maroon. Earlier this year Maroon and colleagues published a paper arguing that the much-discussed issue of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) may not be a widespread problem in contact sports such as American football. However, it turns out that Maroon did not fully declare his conflict […]
- Social Priming: Time for A Definitive Test? July 30, 2015
- BioLogos in the leading journal Nature"In fostering such dialogue between theologians and scientists who are Christians, BioLogos is forging a middle ground between presentations of science that are antagonistic towards faith and faith that will not accommodate science." -Joshua Swamidass
- Creation and Evolution “Research Programs” (And Why It’s So Hard to Change Perspectives)The idea of “research programs” helps explain why it’s so hard for people of different origins perspectives to understand each other, and even harder to change positions.
- BioLogos in the leading journal Nature
- The Untrustworthy Reader July 31, 2015Renata Adler the novelist trusts her readers to sift detail, make inferences, read against the grain of the narrative voice. Renata Adler the journalist expects a reader's full trust even as her conclusions become increasingly suspectMiranda Popkey
- Dry Bones Breathe July 30, 2015Recovering writers like Henry Dumas from oblivion is a way to alter black destiny.Lavelle Porter
- The Untrustworthy Reader July 31, 2015
- If only you were just someone else entirely, you know? July 31, 2015The post If only you were just someone else entirely, you know? appeared first on Indexed.Jessica Hagy
- Explaining your job to yourself. July 30, 2015The post Explaining your job to yourself. appeared first on Indexed.Jessica Hagy
- If only you were just someone else entirely, you know? July 31, 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"
- How can you know if a Buddhist amulet has been blessed? The Buddhist amulet market crashes in Thailand
- Ancient Mystery Religions Prefigured, Possibly Shaped, Elements of Christianity
- Ancient Imagination: A Roman griffin in the Vatican Museum
- 'Boy Who Claimed He Went to Heaven Recants, Publisher Pulls Book'
- Barna Group research suggest Millennials prefer quieter, liturgical, traditional church settings
- Marilynne Robinson's Calvinism is an alternative to The Gospel Coalition's Calvinism
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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"