Feser’s The Last Superstition [Index Post]

Last Superstition

I ran into a Dominican at an American Association for the Advancement of Sciences event in DC, and now I'm reading and arguing about Edward Feser's The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the Last Atheism with him and another brother at the priory.This seems like a nice opportunity to explore the 'non-nihilistic metaphysics logically require theism and probably Christianity' pitch that I've gotten from plenty of Christians and more than a few atheists.  Hopefully the discussion will put me in … [Read more...]

A Good Humored Review

This review is part of Patheos's book club for Father James Martin's Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life. I got the book for free for review purposes.I'd guess I'm not in the target audience for Fr. Martin's book.  Not because I'm not a Christian, but because I didn't think religion has to be somber all the time in the first place.  A fair amount of the book is spent refuting this ides through exegesis of specific passages, general t … [Read more...]

Made for Another World?

freud's last session2

While travelling this weekend, I finally got around to reading Freud's Last Session - a play that imagines a dialogue between Sigmund Freud (shortly before his death) and C.S. Lewis (not long after his conversion).  The show played recently off-Broadway, but I still haven't seen it. I have to say, I wasn't that impressed by the script.  The arguments Lewis presents are a lot more complex and compelling in the books he's written (and I assume the same goes for Freud as well).  I did think Lewis c … [Read more...]

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Ms. Frizzle

Man, did I pick an auspicious time to transition to Patheos; it’s Ada Lovelace Day. Ada Lovelace Day aims to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths by encouraging people around the world to talk about the women whose work they admire. This international day of celebration helps people learn about the achievements of women in STEM, inspiring others and creating new role models for young and old alike.Ada Lovelace is widely held to have been the first c … [Read more...]

Living Safely in a Fantastical Universe

So, to return to the promise I made you on Thursday, here’s a quick meditation on the exceedingly blurry line between Fantasy and Science Fiction.There are two main genres of division I hear frequently. The first separates fantasy from scifi on primarily aesthetic grounds. Both involve fantastical settings, but one tends to be all blinking lights and brushed chrome, while the other is all thatch and dragons. This probably isn’t the definition we want to embrace, but I do want to give it cre … [Read more...]

Greedy Self-Denial

  Sorry for the delay in Sunday's Good Book posts!  A Song of Ice and Fire is at least partly to blame, but, now that I'm done with A Dance with Dragons, presumably that particular distraction won't be a problem for--shall we guess--another eight years.  I know this is technically going up Monday, but I was gone this weekend seeing my brother at the conclusion of his Shakespeare intensive and it seemed silly to hold the post for a week now that it's written.A little while ago, Eve lent me a … [Read more...]

Who Gets to Use Lewis’s Excuse?

Now that college is over, and I'm wrapping up my guest stint at Daylight Atheism, I finally have time to get back to reading and blogging about books (or more precisely, books about atheism and philosophy, since if I were blogging through all the YA fantasy I've been reading, this would be a very different blog).  I've just finished C.S. Lewis's The Problem of Pain, but I'm not that interested in discussing the main thesis of the book since, as I've said before, I don't think theodicy is a … [Read more...]


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