Top-Soil

More Roger Scruton. Here’s an excerpt from Modern Philosophy, in which Scruton is talking of the sterile landscape left by scientistic reductionism: The meaning of the world is enshrined in conceptions that science does not endorse: conceptions like beauty, goodness and the soul which grow in the thin top-soil of human discourse. This top-soil is […]

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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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Religiosity and Religion

Doctrine “Religiosity” means the traditions that we tend to put in place of genuine relationship to God.  “Religion,” though, should not be as much a pejorative as it seems to be for many people today.  At heart it just means collective worship of God on shared ideas of who God is.  So it implies doctrines, […]

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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 river’s just a river”

In the musical version of Les Miserables, Eponine sings “On My Own,” a poignant expression of her disappointment that Marius does not requite her love.  Imagining that he is with her, she describes the enchantment of her surroundings: In the rain the pavement shines like silver All the lights are misty in the river In the […]

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