[Feser] Stuck in the Map-Territory Gap

As promised yesterday, this is the kickoff of my analysis of and questions about Edward Feser's The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism.  Yesterday, in the index post, I pasted in Feser's summary of Aristotle's Four Causes which you may want to refer back to.  I'm interested in Feser's book because he's making the pitch that if you believe in moral order and some kind of telos for people, Christianity will follow inexorably.  Since I fit the first part of his modus ponens, I want t … [Read more...]

Reading a Book I’d Never Write

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I've just finished Sara Miles's memoir Take this Bread: A Radical Conversion, but I don't think I can write my usual style of review.  Miles was raised by atheists (although she had missionaries a couple generations back), is a liberal lesbian, and converted to Episcopalianism in midlife.  I'm always interested in the logic of converts, especially when they're a good match for me demographically, but Miles and I are way too far apart conceptually for me to have anything substantive to say about h … [Read more...]

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?

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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...]


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