Religion

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

Argument from Pascal’s Wager

Most philosophers think Pascal’s Wager is the weakest of all arguments for believing in the existence of God. Pascal thought it was the strongest. After finishing the argument in his Pensées, he wrote, “This is conclusive, and if men are capable of any truth, this is it.” That is the only time Pascal ever wrote a sentence like that, for […]

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Answering Objections to Christianity

The Uniqueness of Christianity Ronald Knox once quipped that “the study of comparative religions is the best way to become comparatively religious.” The reason, as G. K. Chesterton says, is that, according to most “scholars” of comparative religion, “Christianity and Buddhism are very much alike, especially Buddhism.” But any Christian who does apologetics must think about comparative religions because the […]

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Does Life Feel Like a Chore?

In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus makes the statement “my yoke is easy, my burden light.”  For many of us who follow him, this does not seem to square with our experience.  This post discusses the reasons for this.  And also tells us why the key to rest involves discipleship—coming under the discipline of the Lord’s strong but gentle heart. Reflection on […]

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

The Need for Universals

“Wonder and the passion for philosophy, let us explore all aspects of life and understand all that it has to offer. “I had claimed to have learned little to nothing in regards to valuable life lessons in the past four years. For that much, I was correct. But in the past five months, philosophy has taught me not to ‘know’ […]

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

The Eclipse of Reason

Pope Benedict’s 2010 Christmas Greeting to the Roman Curia, a Catholic version of the American “State of the Union Address,” was notable for the emphasis placed upon human reason. His Holiness did not so much focus on the loss of Faith occurring in Western Democracies as he did the loss of Reason. At one point in his address he stated: […]