Perks of the “Enlightenment”–Cripples Walk

By Jon|May 17, 2012|Empirical Science, Enlightenment, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy|

In the “enlightenment”, in fact the claim to enlightenment is the idea that we will now focus on the stuff that really matters…the mechanical the manipulation of matter to for technology's sake, leaving behind our concern for abstract non 'empirically verifiable concepts such as 'the good'. It was believed, more and more often that all things that take place everywhere even our experience itself is totally explainable in terms of

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The Last Superstition

By Jon|May 3, 2012|Books, Catholicism, Education, Faith and Reason, Higher Education, Modern Philosophy, My PhD Comprehensive Exam Experiment, Philosophy, Theism/Atheism|

Some of you may have heard of the book by Edward Feser called “The Last Superstition”. If you have not read it, read it. It is definitely in my top 3 favorite books of all time. Why? I wish the book had been around earlier in my personal journey towards theism and Christianity because it provokes thoughts and analysis of our most unquestioned modern assumptions about the world around us.

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Hawking, Math and the World

By Jon|April 16, 2012|Education, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy, Theism/Atheism|

A quote from Stephen Hawking earlier today via Biltrix surprised me: “This may sound odd, but according to the laws of nature concerning gravity and motion, laws that are among the oldest in science, space itself is a vast store of negative energy – enough to ensure that everything adds up to zero. I’ll admit that unless mathematics is your thing, this is hard to grasp, but it’s true.”  This is a

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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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On the Truth Quotes (Part I)

By Jon|April 4, 2012|Catholicism, Education, Faith and Reason, Philosophy|

I thought I would share a few relevant quotes this morning: “If people are scandalized at the Truth, it is better to allow the birth of scandal, than to abandon the Truth.” Pope Saint Gregory I, the Great, [September 3, 590 – March 12, 604], Homily on Ezechiel, 7; cited by Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., Summa Theologica, Part II-II, Question 43, Article 7.) “Do not heed by whom a thing is said but

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How Things Can Be Large and Small at the Same Time

By Jon|March 23, 2012|Faith and Reason, Philosophy|

All is relative…relatively objective that is. Whether things are small or large doesn't matter because these are descriptors. They words that we invented. Things are the size that they are despite whether we can wrap our heads around them with words whose meaning can change based on context. This sounds like common sense because it is. But you would be surprised how many people don't have common sense.Take a look….http://htwins.net/scale2/scale2.swf?bordercolor=white 





Relevant Quote from Cicero

By Jon|March 19, 2012|Education, Philosophy, Quotes|

“True law is right reason in agreement with nature [This must be unpacked];  it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting;  it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions…It is a sin to try to alter this law, nor is it allowable to repeal any part of it, and it is impossible to abolish it entirely.  We cannot be freed from its obligations by senate or

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Summary of the Theories of Truth

By test|March 13, 2012|Enlightenment, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy, to be moved|

What is truth? I thought it would be good to take a step back and review what truth is in the most general sense. Welcome to philosophy! As simple as that sounds, believe it or not, many people disagree, and there are at least five different views on what truth is. Since every decision we make is affected by what we consider to be true, obviously this is going to

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If you learn anything new all week…learn this. Faith in Science (Part III)

By test|February 24, 2012|Modern Philosophy, Philosophy, to be moved|

Learn these three words: Occasionalism  Conservationism   Concurrentism  These three words summarize the three main worldviews with regard to the relationship between God and the world…that is every perspective generally fits into one of the three. As a preface, ever since Aristotle was rejected in the “Enlightenment”, forms of the first and second views have become ever more popular in the western world. This change essentially manifests the polarization of faith and

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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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