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 — Algot

This is the third post on Winter Light, Ingmar Bergman’s remarkable film from 1963. We’ve so far considered two of the characters, as vehicles for considering significant points of the movie.   The first was Jonas Persson, who killed himself after the pastor’s (Tomas’) clumsy ministering.  Persson wanted to know that there was a purpose to […]

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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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Frozen Indecision

In Inside Baseball we presented what really amounted to a criticism of Christian practice, in adding an elevated kind of “knowing” to the project of ascertaining truth about ultimate reality.  That practice, we suggested, has seeped out into the culture at large in a way that now causes people to become alienated from the truth, […]

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