On An Opening Assumption

Is matter or ideas the stuff of reality? Or are both equally basic? Since all our experiences are “in our heads,” some thinkers believe mind and ideas must come first. Let’s call this “idealism.”* Still stuff, matter and energy, seem to be out there and capable of being studied by multiple minds. Maybe our experiences and the stuff in [Read More…]

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Doubt! Or Not

The news was so good, he could not stand to believe it. If he did, and it turned out to be wrong, Thomas would not be able to stand the pain. The man he admired and loved was dead. He could go on living, maybe, but if they convinced him that his friend was alive [Read More…]

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To See God: I Believe in Order to Understand

People know there is a Divine so deeply that it frustrates us. God is so obvious that if you try denying the truth, you end up spending all your energy fighting Him. Check any secular website and you will find content that is God obsessed. Yet one need not be in the tiny, fading minority [Read More…]

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Have Faith, Seek Understanding

Faith and reason go together for Christian people. Of course, sometimes even good Christian people believe wrong things about faith, but that’s what happens when there are two billion of you. You can find some Christian someplace who believes almost anything! I once met a fascinating chap who had confused a search for Atlantis, atheism, and [Read More…]

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Just be Practical: Do Science, Have a Mind

“Faith” can be used to escape from reason and wisdom, but should not be. Even a leading atheist can agree that some kinds of theism are on team reason and that some kinds of atheists are not! This is good news and is a hopeful sign in our very divided Republic. I am thankful for [Read More…]

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Finding Some Sense in My Sensibility

If one were to develop a clickbait test for Austen nerds, What Austen Character Should You Marry?, then teenage me would (almost) surely end up in love with Marianne Dashwood, the romantic, dramatic, frenetic character in Sense and Sensibility. Marianne adds the biggest dose of the sensibility to the text and most of the fireworks. Marianne might burnout or [Read More…]

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Why Lying is a Such a Serious Sin

Better to die than to tell a lie.  Why? Truth is out there, but it can be hard to understand, find, and even harder to know when we have found it! We embrace lies as truth and ignore the truth as if it is a lie. For all those reasons, truth is precious and so [Read More…]

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The Pleasant and Unpleasant Sides of Being Lost

Terrifying to be lost as a child . . . looking up in the mall and realizing my parents are gone. Where to go? What to do? Bliss when Mom and Dad found me! I once was lost and now I am found. The Bible uses that image a good bit and it works for [Read More…]

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These are not the mermaids we expected. . .

Today Columbus, the sailor and not the city, had a disappointing day. The report says: On the previous day, when the Admiral went to the Rio del Oro, he saw three mermaids, which rose well out of the sea; though they are not so beautiful as they are painted, though to some extent they have the [Read More…]

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The Greater Erotic

Reason is a harsh corrective to fantasies and dreams. Some dreams cannot be. No matter how much we might hope that death is an exit from all our problems, reason and human experience suggests death is no escape. Instead, dying gives way to life. Life (as the Phaedo demonstrates) never ends. We must live by reason to [Read More…]

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