June 1, 2014

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

May 20, 2014

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

May 16, 2014

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

April 24, 2014

Not natural theology, natural teleology… Say what? Like the teleological argument, just no God. That’s right, fine turning is not just reserved for theists. I recently came across the term in Thomas Nagel’s Mind and Cosmos where he described natural teleology as “other laws of nature that our biased toward the marvelous”, ultimately an undiscovered and “irreducible part of the natural order” that will account for the origin of time, life, consciousness, and moral realism, which he claims are lacking… Read more

April 1, 2014

 A great read. Two heavy -weight philosophers of mind, Alvin Plantinga and Daniel Dennett, both with opposing  views on the question: Science and Religion: Are They Compatible? For those with an interest in the philosophy, faith, and science discussion – you will not be  disappointed. These two are both philosophical giants and provide solid philosophical point,   counterpoint. It’s brief, only about 77 pages, and though the content can get philosophically heavy at  times, it is an easy and enjoyable… Read more

March 21, 2014

Once upon a time, there was a theist… Wait, let’s start at the beginning. The alarm goes off at 5am on Sunday morning. Yes, 5am. Sunday morning. Hit the snooze. Maybe just one more time. I can’t believe I still do this. What is it about hockey? I can’t explain it. It’s an addiction. Once it’s in your blood, you crave it. Whether the ice time is at midnight or 6am, you find a way to get yourself up to… Read more

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