David Bentley Hart on the Concept of God


A gem from author and philosopher David Bentley Hart on the concept of God and the shallowness of today's typical discussions: "While there has been a great deal of public debate about belief in God in recent years (much of it a little petulant, much of it positively ferocious), the concept of God around which the arguments have run their seemingly interminable courses has remained strangely obscure the whole time. The more scrutiny one accords these debates, moreover, the more evident it … [Read more...]

A Christian. An Atheist. Two Friends. On God and Government (Round 9)


Adam:Thanks so much for your eloquent reply! The character of God, heaven, free will, the problem of evil and suffering, consciousness... Deep my friend, deep. The topic of heaven is infinitely above my epistemological pay grade, but I'll come back to that in a moment.We agree that humans are not blank slates. The human condition carries immense potentiality with it - for love and evil. It would be difficult to throw stones at our physical inclinations without criticizing freedom, … [Read more...]

Descartes on Doubt


Descartes, one of the most celebrated mathematicians and philosophers of all time. A believer (Catholic), on the necessity of doubt (also the opening quote of my book Proof of Divine): "That in order to seek truth, it is necessary once in the course of our life, to doubt, as far as possible, of all things. As we were at one time children, and as we formed various judgments regarding the objects presented to our senses, when as yet we had not the entire use of our reason, numerous prejudices … [Read more...]

Karl Popper on Faith, Transcendence, and a Third World


One of my favorite philosophers, Karl Popper, on his belief in a "Third World". “I do think that all men, including myself, are religious. We do all believe in something more–and it is difficult to find the right words–than ourselves. While I do not want to set up a new kind of faith, what we really believe in is what we call a Third World, something which is beyond us and with which we do interact, in the literal sense of interaction, and through which we can transcend ourselves.” (Edward Zerin … [Read more...]

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...]