In Depth: Edward Feser On Biological Reductionism

By test|January 30, 2012|Empirical Science, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy, to be moved|

A few weeks ago, Edward Feser had an excellent analysis of reductionism in general through a response to Alex Rosenberg. This point is very important to the Battle for the Core of the World because so much of Christianity was founded upon and developed through the knowledge that objects have orientations or tendencies in how they behave, and this is precisely why, since the enlightenment's replacement of this belief with the approach

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Dawkins: Organized Religion will Perish before I Do

By Jon|January 27, 2012|Compromise/Dissent/Heresy, Empirical Science, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Philosophy, Religion, Theism/Atheism|

Maybe this isn't worth my time, but in an lecture at the Jaipur Literature Fest, posted by the Times of India, Richard Dawkins, probably the most famous atheist in the world since the passing of Christopher Hitchens, has stated that he looks forward to organized religion perishing from the earth in his lifetime. I don't doubt that it is possible, and I don't have a problem with that opinion, but

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Faith and Science’s Bridge: Philosophy

By Jon|January 26, 2012|Catholicism, Faith and Reason, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Philosophy|

The importance of presenting a clear understanding of the relationship between faith and reason is becoming ever more important as there is more confusion, skepticism about knowledge and scientism than every before. The Holy Father is aware of this:  Pope Benedict Creates New Science And Faith Foundation (http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=24126) VATICAN CITY, January 19 (CNA/EWTN News) .- Pope Benedict XVI launched a new foundation at the Vatican aimed at building a “philosophical bridge”

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England: Metaphysics Banned from Schools–Empiricism

By Jon|January 18, 2012|Empirical Science, Enlightenment, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Philosophy|

The government in the United Kingdom has introduced a revision of the 'The Model Funding Agreement' that effectively bans the teaching of certain types of philosophy. (It appears that this effectively means any that come before David Hume…) The agreement states that funded schools are precluded from ‘teaching, as an evidence-based view or theory, of any view or theory that is contrary to established scientific and/or historical evidence and explanations.’ (24A of The

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Faith in Science? (Part II)

By Jon|January 16, 2012|Faith and Reason, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy|

In the last post on faith in science we were left wondering why there is such a strong trust in what the scientific process or method yields for us. Auguste Comte was fascinated with this last stage, this greatest achievement of humanity, the discovery of science. Even today science continues to attract an almost cult-like following. Earlier this week, the bishop of Barcelona noted that it seems the greatest crisis in the world is

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“The Greatest Crisis in the World Is One of Faith, Especially in Europe” (gran crisis de este mundo, pero especialmente de Europa, es una crisis de fe)

By Jon|January 11, 2012|Faith and Reason, News Commentary|

These are the words of the Archbishop Carlos Osoro of Valencia, Spain. “gran crisis de este mundo, pero especialmente de Europa, es una crisis de fe” I completely agree. I would become even more specific and say that it is based in a lack of understanding of why 'faith' is something reasonable to begin with. The crisis of faith is caused by a belief that only that which can be empirically demonstrated

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The Pope’s Unholy Alliance with a Dictator-Example Humanist Attack

By Jon|January 10, 2012|Enlightenment, Faith and Reason, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Politics, Religion, Theism/Atheism|

This article probably is not worth my time, but I'll critique it despite that…. “Scandal is too mild a term to describe the abuse of children at the hands Roman Catholic priests. [indeed] But whatever word you fix on – “atrocity”, “obscenity”, I can't find the right one – you cannot doubt that rape was all about power [sorry how does rape make a rapist more powerful?], as the feminists of the 1970s

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Faith in Science? (Comte Part I)

By Jon|January 5, 2012|Empirical Science, Enlightenment, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy|

Why should we call it a battle of ideas that we are involved in? Aren’t we tired of fighting? I would like to emphasize the difference between two fundamentally distinct ways of viewing the world that have been around since man could doubt and have more friction today than ever before. It is not hard to see why one could argue theism and atheism are the most significantly opposite viewpoints:

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