Archive for December, 2010

The Life of the World to Come

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

In honor of Christmas (a season that according to the liturgical calendar of many western churches only began yesterday), I thought I would write this post to demonstrate how the last line of the Nicene Creed, which states, “We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come”  explicates [...]

Taking Equal Bribes

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

A former student of mine, Olivia, gave me a book titled, Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, which does a remarkably good job of illustrating philosophical ideas through humor. I thought I would share a small section regarding the philosophy of law, as it’s both entertaining and enlightening. A key question regarding the [...]

Hurt

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Brother Kevin sent me a link to a video of Johnny Cash’s cover of Trent Reznor’s “Hurt”, and I must say, Cash made the song his. Yes, I like Reznor’s version, but the song seems more poignant coming from one who at the end of his life is looking back at the empire he built [...]

On Human Essence

Friday, December 17th, 2010

I realize that the subject of human nature deserves so much more than this brief post, but I wanted to quickly offer the idea that perhaps the reason why human nature is so hard to pin down, so dynamic and seemingly non-essential, is that the essence of human nature is not a substantial quality within [...]

The Worst Pain

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

The worst pain is to feel no pain.

The Superlative Seven

Monday, December 6th, 2010

This is an occasional series I hope to inaugurate with this post wherein I will provide links to the best stuff I have recently encountered on the web. This stuff will be enlightening, challenging, entertaining, funny, sometimes bawdy (but not too bawdy), profound, and sometimes all of these combined, which would really make it the [...]

The Monstrous God of the Intellectuals

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Regarding the monstrous God of the intellectuals, Philosopher Paul Feyerabend, in Farewell to Reason, offers the following critique, which is centered upon Xenophanes’ critique of the supposed crude anthropomorphizing of the  Greek gods: ‘Far from human’, Timon calls the gods of Xenophanes- and he (it?) is indeed inhuman, not in the sense that anthropomorphism has [...]