I was watching an episode of the psychological thriller “Dexter” last night (yes, I’m quite a few years behind), and a challenging scene came up. It was that of a woman who was held against her will as a sex slave. The same day, I at my wife’s (Catholic) Church, and the two really got me thinking. Specifically, about whether God exists and if so, how to deal with one of the main objections to the existence of God: the problem of evil. Unfortunately for us mere mortals, “It is incomprehensible that God should exist, and it is incomprehensible that he should not exist” (Blaise Pascal).Read More
August 26th, 2018
March 7th, 2018
I was reading a piece by the very influential philosopher (and fellow generalist!) Robert Nozick, as part of my class on meaning in life. The excerpt comes from his book Philosophical Explanations. In this blog, I want to share some of my understanding of Nozick’s approach to finding meaning in life. In a word, it’s about connectedness to things outside yourself which have intrinsic value. People, pursuits, ideas, causes – it’s about getting out there and transcending yourself. The quotes set apart in blue are his, though not necessarily from this book. Just relevant thoughts by the late, mostly-great philosopher, Robert Nozick.Read More
October 2nd, 2017
This piece expresses my questioning of the existence and nature of God:
What should the reasonable person conclude about God?
If God is omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, and benevolent,
Why do his creations – precious children, the tribes of Israel –
Face atrocity wrought by nature unbridled and humans malevolent?
September 28th, 2017
In the interview I conducted with the author of Doubt: A History, Jennifer Michael Hecht, many great quotations about doubt found their way into the book chapter. She is erudite and a great exponent of philosophy and literature, but quotations about doubt by great minds throughout the ages aptly supplement the discussion.Read More
February 18th, 2017
I first came across this very interesting and accomplished young woman when I was given the book Doubt: A History. It is a thick – dare I say, authoritative non-fiction work about famous people throughout history who have doubted tradition, dogma, religion, values and ethics. Inspirational quotes, like “Doubt is the bedrock of philosophy”, translatesRead More