Every day is filled with a tide of phenomena. Media and technology only make this flow more abrasive. There isn’t a unity to the flood; it breeds hopelessness. For the antidote to misery is always the unity of the transcendentals: goodness, beauty, and truth. These are eternal, but not in the sense that they are static and lifeless, but in the sense that they have solidity of being. Unlike all the changing stuff around us, they impart meaning and give us a sense of the whole, instead of the thoughtless... Read The Rest →
I hope for belief, but I have not belief. I hope for hope, but I have not hope. I hope to hope, and I have only this.
I am convinced that philosophy and theology cannot be done well without an enduring sense of wonder, but I do not know what wonder is. What is wonder? It will perhaps be helpful to consider undisputed cases wherein wonder is operative. The first case is when the man stands before a great misty mountain and has this sense, this experience. This experience we term wonder. The second case is when a man enters into a great dimly lit Cathedral. In response to both cases, our alleged man has a sense... Read The Rest →
It has been far too long, my dearest God and Pen reader. Hopefully this drought of post and good witted humor will be replaced with a torrential hurricane of post and humor, though I can’t promise too much of either. I was awoken from my blogosphere slumber by Facebook. That is not usually the thing that wakes people up, but alas, you all ought to know by now that “usual” is not worth much around “here.” Facebook tends to turn folks into drooling monsters, jumping around flailing their computers, and... Read The Rest →
I received quite a bit of denunciations for my recent dialogue between the imaginary Atheist (let’s call him Carlo) and myself. One too many straw-men apparently came from my pen. The problem is that I don’t ever recall big bundles of straw beings crawling out of the nib of my pen or my lips, though perhaps I was sleeping when they did. That may not be what they meant. It was claimed that I misrepresented someone. I can’t say I misrepresented Carlo; I would be surely mad if so, and... Read The Rest →
(1)Atheism is not a claim; it is the lack of a claim––the lack of belief in Theism. We’ve heard that one many times. At least, I have. What follows below will be a dialogue between myself and an imaginary atheist who thinks (1) is the way to go about handling Theism. A. Atheism is not a claim and so it shoulders no burden of proof. It is the lack of the belief in Theism. B. So it is a lack of a claim, and thus not a claim, yes? A.... Read The Rest →
I believe that God is a necessary being, a being such that (as Aquinas would put it), it’s existence follows from it’s essence. But then there’s a sound ontological argument, right? It’s been years since I’ve started thinking about an ontological argument with premises that everyone can accept and therefore, is immune to parodies. Every single one I could think of required axiom S5 of modal logic, which states that if there is a possible world W in which proposition A is true, then for every possible world W’, W... Read The Rest →
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