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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read more

Origins, The Interpretation of Genesis, and the Young Earth US

It’s a highly polarizing subject. Origins and the interpretation of Genesis. Let’s start with the public at large. According to a recent 2014 Gallup Poll: 42% of Americans believe humans were created in their present form less than 10,000 years ago. 31% believe humans evolved but God had a part in the process. 19% believe humans evolved and God had no part in the process. This poll is loaded and conflates a number of issues – belief in God, interpretation… Read more

Book Review: Problems of Philosophy (Bertrand Russell)

A philosophical giant. Russell’s whit is undeniable. With a unique ability to tackle complex and timeless issues in philosophy and present them in such a palatable way – it is easy to see why he’s become a monster in the subject. A review of Berkeley’s idealism (there is no matter only mind) and Descartes’ doubt (how do we know what we perceive as reality is not just our being deceived by an evil demon?) is presented early and prompts question… Read more

Debate Recap

It was a sight to see. Catholics, Christians, deists, agnostics, and atheists – all sharing a Saturday afternoon together at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central  Nassua in Garden City, NY – wrestling with big questions in a spirit of civility. It was a rare gem. I was greeted by my friend Adam Lee and had the pleasure of spending some time with him, his wife, parents, and in-laws. They were so warm and welcoming – I felt like I… Read more

My Upcoming “Debate” in NY this Weekend…

I hesitate to call it a “debate”. For the obvious reason, the word typically implies two people disrespectfully talking right past each other on stage, only to retreat to their respective “sides” to get cookies from their supporters. I prefer “forum” as to imply an exchange of ideas. This Saturday, May 24th, Adam Lee and I will meet again live at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau in Garden City, New York at 2pm. This will be our second… Read more

Alone in the Dark…

This is a follow up to “Alone at the Table”. The theme is somewhat different, though related, as both entail an element of philosophical exploration and frustration. For this one, we actually have to go a little further back in time to the year 1995. I was a strapping young lad, all of 15 years of age. The story takes place in Naperville, a suburb of Chicago. Hormones raging and visions of grandeur, I was a legend in my own… Read more

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