All-Seeing Eye

I wrote about Jordan Peterson in Psychological Avatar, in particular his understanding of God. Or “God,” as he might say. The question is whether there is a “God Who is There,” in Francis Schaeffer’s phrasing, or whether “God” is only a representation of ultimate human aspiration, an avatar for the ground-up Darwinian psychological development to […]

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Another Dangerous Idea

The Conflict of Ideas This post is a review of C.S. Lewis’s Dangerous Idea, by Victor Reppert, and a discussion of the ideas in it. Victor Reppert wrote this book in 2003.  My impression is that the title is primarily a marketing decision.  It is intended to call to mind the title of Daniel Dennett’s […]

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Advantageous

This 2015 movie is on Netflix.  Watch it.  Don’t be put off by the rating.  Some of the people who rate evidently count the number of car crashes or sex scenes, instead of the number of brain cells engaged.  This movie is artistic and has depth.  At its heart, it is a philosophical inquiry into […]

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

Consciousness The mechanistic vision of reality holds that material forces are inherently mindless; intrinsically devoid of purpose.  Consciousness, on the other hand, is everything that matter is not:  directed, purposive, essentially rational.  Materialism and the fact of consciousness cannot be reconciled. The materialist point of view means making no accommodation for any spiritual reality.  But […]

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