Month: March 2015

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Music Monday: Modest Mouse Edition

I’ve always liked this band. Their lyrics often betray a sort of optimistic nihilism. They remind me of Douglas Adams in that respect. Happy atheism seems rare, it probably isn’t, but it just seems rare. Anyhow, here’s a somewhat haunting song off Modest Mouses’ new album. My favorite lyric is probably this: Expulsion from an …

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With an abundance of counselors

Today I read Proverbs 24:6: …for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory. A few weeks ago I wrote about Proverbs 14:23: In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty. While I was mowing my yard I began to think about …

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Music Monday: Vesuvius

Sufjan Stevens has been one of my favorite artists since about 2006. I always liked him, but when his album The Age of Adz dropped I was a bit disappointed except for this song. I hope you like it. Here are the lyrics: Vesuvius I am here You are all I have Fire of fire …

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Book Review: Starship Troopers

Robert Heinlein. Starship Troopers 1959. The Good: Heinlein wrote a very solid sci-fi novel. It contains my favorite science fiction elements: Speculative World Building: The imaginative nature of the battle armor and the change of civilization at the advent of interstellar travel are both very exciting. Speculative Philosophy: The author has his characters philosophize about …

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Love Believes All Things or Does It?

I think a lot of young Christians in their desire to be radical apply certain verses of Scripture in really extreme and naive ways. For instance, “Love…believes all things (1 Cor 13:7)”. If you go back and read 1 Corinthians, this is not an indicator of how love always handles everything. It is a description …

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Logic and Morality

In a wonderful little essay, Jesus the Logician, Dallas Willard observed: To be logical no doubt does require an understanding of what implication and contradiction are, as well as the ability to recognize their presence or absence in obvious cases. But it also requires the will to be logical, and then certain personal qualities that …

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On Trials

Introduction Certainly, the problem of evil is philosophically persistent and even more certainly is it emotionally difficult. I think that the problem of evil has multiple solutions many of which are true and many of which are entirely compatible with one another. And though I find the problem interesting and though the problem in some …

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St. Thomas Aquinas on Apologetics

In De Rationibus Fidei, St. Thomas explains how best to go about arguing with those who do not identify as Christians: First of all I wish to warn you that in disputations with unbelievers about articles of the Faith, you should not try to prove the Faith by necessary reasons. This would belittle the sublimity …

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Roast Game and Enjoying the Finer Things

Proverbs 12:27 (ESV)  Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth. There are essentially two possibilities for interpreting the first part of this saying: A slothful man will have no game to roast because he’s lazy. A slothful man will not roast the game he has, because …

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The Bible’s Teaching on How to Learn Anything

The Bible contains a great deal of advice based upon observation of the world that would be helpful to know even if you did not accept any of its claims about God. One of the most helpful pieces of the Old Testament is this little gem from Proverbs: (1) My son, if you receive my …