Brainstormin’: The Problem With Faith

Brainstormin’: The Problem With Faith. The problem might be expressed this way: How can we gain the civilizing benefits of commitment without the de-civilizing costs of dogmatic tenacity? My friend had pointed out that the standard rationalist answer to this question (the one that says, in essence: “By embracing reason!”) is not, in itself, a […] Continue reading →

Nothing

There’s nothing in these wilds to hold me to this place, no path to lend a purpose to these endless vagaries. I know this for a fact of life, though the sparkle of the sun does cloud this truth a day or two, in the end it always comes to remind me that it’s there; […] Continue reading →

Raindrops

Nothing, somewhere, but raindrops falling A bright green patch of tended earth Marked by a sacred vow, now broken Shattered on this stony line of land and sea I stand apart, not sure which way to sway But then I hear the sign; silence Continue reading →

Getting healthy

Since getting married, I’ve been putting on some weight. My BMI wasn’t bad since I’m a skinny guy, but I had a noticeable pooch in my belly, and I wasn’t able to wear some of my tighter fitting pants anymore. I’ve tried working out before, but I wasn’t disciplined in both my exercise and diet. […] Continue reading →

Jessé de Forest

TO JESSE DE FOREST HIS FAMILY AND HIS BRAVE COMPANIONS FROM WALLOON COUNTRY WHO, LOOKING FOR A NEW WORLD WHERE THEY COULD IN PEACE AFFIRM THEIR BELIEFS AND PRACTICE THE REFORMED RELIGION, CONTRIBUTED GREATLY TO THE FOUNDATION OF NEW YORK THE LARGEST CITY IN AMERICA WHERE THE CHILDREN OF JESSE DE FOREST : ISAAC, HENRI […] Continue reading →

Is God Love?

I don’t know why, but it never occurred to me to consider an analysis of the claim that God is love (1 John 4:8,16) with the definition of love given by Paul (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) and the various behaviors attributed to God. This is surprising since once the connection was suggested to me (see blog […] Continue reading →

More on Van Fraassen

(This is a follow up to my previous post on Van Fraassen and Constructive Empiricism) I found an excellent article that laid out exactly what I found problematic about Van Fraassen’s observability criteria as well as an excellent argument against it while also preserving much of what I thought admirable regarding his description of the […] Continue reading →