Kierkegaard on Knowledge, Objective Truth, and Passion


One of my favorite quotes from the "Father of Existentialism"; not an argument against objective moral truth, but on the emptiness of such knowledge without a passionate embrace. "What I really need to get clear about what I am to do, not what I must know, except insofar as knowledge must precede every act. What matters is to find purpose, to see what it really is that God wills that I should do; the crucial thing is to find a truth that is a truth for me. to find the idea for which I am … [Read more...]

A Christian. An Atheist. Two Friends. On God and Government (Round 8)


Adam-Thanks for your reply.We've exchanged quite a bit on the historicity of Jesus! As I stated earlier, on the totality of evidence and the "minimal facts" accepted on Jesus' existence, I'm unmoved by the Jesus Myth Theory.I must say, I've appreciated learning about your views. I consider you a friend of mine and I have enjoyed learning how you tussle with issues like God's existence in general, morality, Jesus' historicity, and mathematical realism. As a doubting theist, you can … [Read more...]

The Coffee House Dialectic, Part 1


It came as a surprise, though a pleasant one. After all, I wasn't at Folklore Coffee Shop (a great local spot in Elizabethtown, PA) to discuss the big existential questions. I was there for a work meeting, interviewing a future colleague. Throughout the course of my meeting, I noticed a man taking a seat beside us. I paid little attention, as we tend to do, with people and matters in our periphery. I continued along with my business meeting, though I thought I caught a glimpse of my book Proof … [Read more...]

Book Review: Quantum Physics and Theology


A masterpiece on the parallels of doctrinal development in physics and Christianity.And who better to guide the journey than John Polkinghorne? If the name rings a bell, it's because he was big time in quantum mechanics (pardon the pun). He shocked many people when he decided (after 25 years as a quantum physicist) to become an Anglican priest. As someone with an interest in science, philosophy, and theology, I was very much looking forward to reading this book and learn how a … [Read more...]

So I finally saw Calvary…


Enthralling. Disturbing. Moving.Brendan Gleeson stars (and shined) as Father James, an Irish priest who's life is threatened by a member of his parish. Visually stunning with regular, powerful, and abrupt shifts from comedy to drama, this film is more than Oscar-worthy.The spiritual maturity of the film and of the character of Father James cannot be understated. This is not a token feel-good story of faith restored. This is a story of the tension, one that cycles between faith, doubt, … [Read more...]

A Christian. An Atheist. Two Friends. On God and Government (Round 7)


Adam-Thanks so much for your reply.My response is also lengthy as you brought up some fantastic points for discussion. As usual, your points were thought-provoking and exude a sense of skepticism that I feel is well deserved considering the matter at hand. Though I obviously don't share your view on Jesus' non-existence, I've certainly considered it.Actually, your theory on Jesus reminds me of one of my favorite books, Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point. The basic idea touches upon … [Read more...]