Travelling To Hong Kong Tomorrow

By Jon|April 17, 2012|Personal, Travels|

I wish to let my readers know that in the coming week and a half the posts will be a bit fewer because tomorrow I will be travelling to Hong Kong in order to attend Serra's 16th Asian Convention, and afterwards by the generous invitation of a friend I will go to Singapore. I will be sure to update the blog with some aspects of my journey and please keep the

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The Ultimate Promise of the “Enlightenment”: Transhumanism

By Jon|April 17, 2012|Education, Enlightenment, Modern Philosophy|

Transhumanism is the idea that man should eventually transform and make improvements on his body by technological advances. The goal is to become posthuman. Nearly all religious traditions have held that life after death is something which awaits us–whether it be by reincarnation, eternal punishment or pleasure/union with goodness, or simply various other imaginative ideas  created by the Romans (like pushing a rock up a hill for eternity). However, in the

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Cardinal Pell Debates Dawkins

By Jon|April 11, 2012|Education, Faith and Reason, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Philosophy, Theism/Atheism|

The famous and anti-spiritual Richard Dawkins is still on the campaign trail for secularism following two “Reason Rallies”, one in DC and the other in Australia. Along the way he decided he would take a debate against Australia's highest ranking bishop, the text and video of which will follow below. This debate about whether God exists covers rather quickly 12 loosely related topics, including gay marriage and children…? I feel

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Secular Humanism Gathers: Reason Rally 2012

By test|March 16, 2012|Compromise/Dissent/Heresy, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Theism/Atheism, to be moved|

The largest gathering of the secular humanist movement in world history will be taking place 24 March 2012 called the “Reason Rally” to be hosted at the National Mall in DC. Yes, you heard that right…”Reason Rally,” because anyone who doesn't agree with them, can be tossed the unreasonable label. Interestingly, since the French Revolution when the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris was converted into a Temple of Reason on November 10,

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Extremism!

By Jon|February 23, 2012|Humor, Politics|

I just have to share this video: You thought I was talking about another kind of extremism, didn't you?I'd really like to examine how that word has come to be used lately. It comes from the Latin extera, meaning near the edge or outside. However, these were the first results I get from Google on 23 February 2012: Extremist groups demand yet infringe on religious rights ‎ Truman Index – 11 hours ago

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Blogging: Idle Gossip or Real Potential? (Blog Effect Part I)

By Jon|February 21, 2012|Culture|

It can be both. Today from the Cardinal Newman Society we see the effect that writing on the internet can have. My comments are in blue and emphasis in bold: Villanova Cancels Invitation to Radical Gay Rights Performer Who Blames Catholic Blogs Following a report by The Cardinal Newman Society, Villanova University, a Roman Catholic Augustinian University outside Philadelphia, has now cancelled the invitation to a militant gay rights performance artist who

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Existentialism: Nietzsche and JP Richter–A World Without God

By test|February 16, 2012|Faith and Reason, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy, to be moved|

If you saw my post about Fulton Sheen, you would have heard him read the following passage from Nietzsche, which I am sure many of you are familiar with: THE MADMAN—-Have you not heard of that madman who lit a lantern in the bright morning hours, ran to the market place, and cried incessantly: “I seek God! I seek God!”—As many of those who did not believe in God were

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Faith or Feelings? A Non Rational Aspect of Religious Experience

By Jon|February 1, 2012|Empirical Science, Faith and Reason, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy, Religion|

As has been partially defined in our posts on faith in science (One and Two), faith is essentially non-rational but evidence based (defined not in the restricted sense given by empiricists but also including the type of faith you may have in the news anchors on TV), not anti-rational as many positivists (people like Richard Dawkins/Hitchens/Dennett) would have people believe. While many posts have yet to be created on the very important topic of

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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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