The Avengers and Classical Theism

Philosopher Ed Feser considers some of theological exchanges in the recent superhero movie, The Avengers: We cannot assume Captain America to have had time between battles to study classical philosophy and theology, but his words could be read as containing implicitly the answer to pop atheism’s “one god further” objection (which I have discussed here, here, and here).  [Read More…]

Mumford and Sons are a Kind of Musical Pinterest

This week Mumford & Sons released their new album Babel, which I listened to in its entirety (on the life-changing app Spotify). As with their previous work, I really wanted to like the music—felt almost obligated to like the music as a reaction against Ke$ha and Lady Gaga. And yet . . . there is [Read More…]

The First Popular Psychoactive Drug for People Who Were Basically Fine

Robin Marantz Henig explains the significance of Valium: It as one of the first psychoactive drugs to be used on a large scale on people who were basically fine. Taking a pill to feel normal, even a pill sanctioned by the medical profession, led to a strange situation: it made people wonder what “normal” really [Read More…]

Naming the Turtle: The Basic Beliefs of My Worldview

In his book A Brief History of Time, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking relates a story about a well-known scientist who gave a public lecture on astronomy: He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the centre of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the [Read More…]

A Commonplace Blog

In the sixteenth century commonplace books—essentially scrapbooks filled with its creator’s particular interests—became widely used, as Alan Jacobs explains, “because literate people were discombobulated by the flood of information that the printing press had unleashed on them.” It’s not surprising then that in an era that is even more deluged with information, we’d adopt similar [Read More…]