(Attempts at) "Faith seeking understanding."

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

God - Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary

God - Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary

"DURING the reign of Arcadius, Logomacos, lecturer in theology of Constantinople, went to Scythia and halted at the foot of the Caucasus, in the fertile plains of Zephirim, on the frontier of Colchis. That good old man Dondindac was in his great lower hall, between his sheepfold and his vast barn; he was kneeling with his wife, his five sons and five daughters, his kindred and his servants, and after a light meal they were all singing God's praises. " What do you there, idolator? " said Logomacos to him.
" I am not an idolator," answered Dondindac.

" You must be an idolator," said Logomacos, " seeing that you are not Greek. Tell me, what was that you were singing in your barbarous Scythian jargon? "

" All tongues are equal in the ears of God," answered the Scythian. " We were singing His praises."

" That's very extraordinary," returned the theologian. " A Scythian family who pray God without having been taught by us! " He soon engaged Dondindac the Scythian in conversation, for he knew a little Scythian, and the other a little Greek. The following conversation was found in a manuscript preserved in the library of Constantinople." [...]


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Luther's In Depth Theology for Theological Therapy: the Coram Relations

The coram-relations are analogous with the intra-psychic ego states: the superego, ego, and id and represent the relational ones for our deep selves and extended, social selves for theological therapy.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Singer's "Famine, Affluence and Morality": Exposition and Appraisal

In his article "Famine, Affluence and Morality" Peter Singer gives a seemingly devastating critique of our ordinary ways of thinking about famine relief, charity, and morality in general. In spite of that very few people have accepted, or at any rate acted on, the conclusions he reaches. In light of these facts one might say of Singer's arguments, as Hume said of Berkeley's arguments for immaterialism, that "... they admit of no answer and produce no conviction."[1] While I do think that Singer's considerations show that people should do considerably more than most people actually do, they do not establish his conclusions in their full strength or generality. So his arguments admit of a partial answer, and once properly qualified may produce some conviction.

Castlevania Lords Of Shadow 2 - Dracula and his wife Marie Cutscene

Friday, May 9, 2014

What is Nothing? (original)

This is your mind on Frege and Russell and Rorty and Postmodernism and Lawrence Krauss (or something). ;-)

  • P.S.: Thanks to everyone at Rifftrax for bringing that short to my attention!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Link: Owl City Fireflies Parody - Celebrity

I don't mean to offend any celebrities of good will by linking to this--only those who are just "famous for being famous", as the saying goes.


Everyone screws up; however (and sorry Quine, but I think this is Analytic) no one should screw up on purpose just to get attention (even though, of course, a lot of people do like attention; though most that do just want to be loved).