Ways of Being

Suicide and Hope Is it possible that a person who commits suicide was actually a Christian? I think so. The event of taking one’s own life is usually fast and always irrevocable. Yes it’s something they do to themselves, but does that single volitional act always negate the beliefs of a lifetime that went before? It’s […]

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Will to Believe

Let’s look at the objection many agnostics make to belief in God: “If I don’t know, I don’t know.  Nor do you.  One believes because he wants to believe, that’s all.”  Even if this were a completely viable position to take, it wouldn’t support a stance of perpetual agnosticism, as we shall see. Williams James was an […]

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Is Life Worth Living?

The Mood of the Age Albert Camus (1913-1960) wrote that suicide is the only serious philosophical problem. Deciding whether or not life is worth living is to answer the fundamental question in philosophy.  All other questions follow from that. Camus, Myth of Sisyphus.  Camus held that it was absurd to seek meaning in life when […]

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Winter Light — Jonas Persson

If you haven’t seen Winter Light, a 1963 Ingmar Bergman film, you should.  It’s available on youtube.  You can invest an hour and fifteen minutes now, and have a distillation of the views that many have of Christianity today. The primary figure in the movie (“protagonist” doesn’t seem apt) is Tomas, a disaffected and disillusioned clergyman […]

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