Tag Archives: Philosophy

Perks of the “Enlightenment”–Cripples Walk

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

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The Last Superstition

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

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Hawking, Math and the World

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

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Cardinal Pell Debates Dawkins

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

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On the Truth Quotes (Part I)

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.)

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How Things Can Be Large and Small at the Same Time

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

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Relevant Quote from Cicero

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. 

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

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

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Existentialism: Nietzsche and JP Richter–A World Without God

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

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