Being and Time

Roger Scruton is a great contemporary philosopher.  You should run out and read everything he ever wrote.  His specialty is aesthetics, but he is versatile.  I read him in part for his handle on developments in philosophy over the last few hundred years, including especially the influence of Friedrich Hegel, the preeminent late-18th century philosopher. On the key philosophical subject of […]

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If There is No God

Atheists’ Affirmative Beliefs Your friend has rejected religion.  There is not a God, he believes.  There is not a Creator of the universe.  There is not a Sustainer of it.  There is not a God present among us in some way.   There is not a God component to our conscious self-awareness.  There is not a transcendent […]

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The Thirst of the Soul

Sound-bite Atheism One of the frustrating things in the ongoing theism/atheism debate is that theism and especially Christianity is built on centuries of careful methodical thought, but the new materialism is based on sound bites, and those sound bites lack the context of a coherent belief system.  They’re potshots at one system of belief (usually Christianity), not a […]

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The Intelligible Universe

In the atheist’s imagination, all of reality is reducible to matter and energy and time. Science, the study of that matter and energy and time, is thought to render it intelligible. This is a mistake of thinking, however.  Intelligible order existed in the universe before the first scientist began to inquire into it. Science is […]

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Review (Part Seven): The Experience of God – Being Consciousness Bliss, by David Bentley Hart

The dream and the reality Right after his introduction, Hart took a couple of pages to tell the story of waking from a pleasant dream, but with a sense of foreboding.  Now, near the end of the book, he continues that story.  The dreamer is now awake.  He considers the ingenious  intricacy of the distortions […]

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Review (Part Six): The Experience of God – Being Consciousness Bliss, by David Bentley Hart

Having explained how we approach the natural only over the interval of the supernatural, Hart turns to the incoherency of materialism. Absolute truth The human longing for truth involves a loyalty to an ultimate ideal, and that ultimate ideal beckons to us from beyond the totality of beings.  We would not care at all about […]

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Review (Part Five): The Experience of God — Being Consciousness Bliss, by David Bentley Hart

Bliss Mind over matter There is a mystery at the base of all of our ruminations about consciousness, and that sense of mystery resists reduction to material causes.  Reality is one, embraced within the totality of being.  “[P]erhaps we really should look elsewhere for the source and sustaining principle of that unity.”  And Hart does: […]

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