A survey through the history of philosophy illustrates the fact that many of today's reigning ideas are often yesterday's thoughts re-worked and re-packaged.
Philosophy, rightly under the authority of God's Word, can be - and ought to be - a boon to Christian theology and practice.
Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered. C. S. Lewis in "Learning in War-Time"
Perhaps one of the most misunderstood figures of history is Descartes, viewed by many (especially Christians in general) as the fountainhead of Enlightenment philosophy. While Descartes' method of doubt was indeed something by which subsequent philosophers employed, Descartes is not necessarily the "bad boy" many Christian thinkers make him out to be. Descartes was a … Continue reading Understanding the Philosophers: Descartes and “I think, therefore I am”
Kentucky Today, the Kentucky Baptist Convention's online paper, published yesterday a piece I wrote in response to the recent Resolution 10 passed at the SBC in June. In my essay, I argue that while the passing of the resolution is to be praised, SBC members can't stop there. We cannot think that passing a resolution … Continue reading Racial Reconciliation: A Philosophical and Theological Issue
Philosophizing [should] be linked to existentially concrete situations, wrestling with decision, commitment, actualized possibility[,] realized potential..the suffering beings and the loving beings that we are and can be. Cornel West, "On My Intellectual Vocation"
Back in 2009 I wrote this post for a now defunct personal blog. However, in light of the purpose for this site, my post on the fallacy of begging the question serves as the first post in a series titled Logic 101. Since I began to study philosophy, and more specifically, since I've taken and … Continue reading Logic 101: I’m Begging You, Please Stop Begging the Question!
This past semester I had the opportunity to teach Apologetics. For the last two weeks of class, I focused on using literature for apologetic means. The motivating idea (influenced by C. S. Lewis, James Sire, and Holly Ordway) behind the lesson is that often times, objections to Christianity are not just intellectual, but emotional, experiential, … Continue reading Literature and Apologetics
In his article, Tierney presents the idea of Nick Bostrom, philosopher at Oxford University, that we may very well be living in someone's computer simulation. “In fact,” states Tierney, “if you accept a pretty reasonable assumption of Dr. Bostrom's, it is almost a mathematical certainty that we are living in someone else's computer simulation.”
Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. - C. S. Lewis