Poem of the Week [10.6]

May 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

'Travels' Album Cover

When I returned from two years traveling abroad I suffered from re-entry-shock. At one point I picked up the seminal Pat Metheny Group album Travels. How it helped me.

It is time to honor this music with a poem along the same line as the previous one about prodigals and exiles. Travelers need to arrive at one point or else the entire idea of traveling has lost its meaning. Traveler, come to your destination! « Read the rest of this entry »

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Aquinas and the Integrated Worldview [IV]

May 29, 2010 § 2 Comments

IV. Towards an Integrated Worldview

Christopher Hitchens discussing Aquinas ‘living in a time of abysmal ignorance and fear‘[1] writes: ‘(…) we (…) never again have to confront the impressive faith of an Aquinas or Maimonides (…). This is for a simple reason. Faith of that sort ―the sort that can stand up at least for a while in a confrontation with reason― is now plainly impossible.'[2] Or is it?[3] After discussing the synthesis that Aquinas achieved between reason and faith I think it becomes quite clear that not only was it impressive but that it stands out as a shining example of what needs to be done today. « Read the rest of this entry »

Poem of the Week [10.5]

May 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

There are prodigals and exiles. They differ from each other though they have a lot in common too. Both are not where they should be. Both are not where they want to be (eventually). Though prodigals went away on their own initiative and exiles involuntarily, the foreign status of both is the result of their own action. Though one tries to forget home as much as he can and the other cannot think of anything else, eventually it is time to return. It is time for prodigals and exiles to come home. « Read the rest of this entry »

Aquinas and the Integrated Worldview [III]

May 12, 2010 § 1 Comment

III. Integrative themes in Aquinas’ work

Let us now turn to some of the important themes in Aquinas’ thought to discover how he achieved a worldview in which the supernatural and the natural were thoroughly integrated.

An orderly world

Since the study of the Science (i.e. the Christian Religion) has often been hampered because, among other causes, they ‘are not taught according to the order of the subject-matter‘ (Summa Theologiae, Prologue) Aquinas endeavors to ‘try, by God’s help, to set forth whatever is included in this Sacred Science as briefly and as clearly as the matter itself may allow‘. « Read the rest of this entry »

Poem of the Week [10.4]

May 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

Yet another perspective on suffering. As I worked on my case study for the course Perspectives On Evil And Suffering in which I interviewed my own parents (they’ve lost two of their five children) I came to an interesting discovery. My parents’ theology was not very explicit and they were hardly aware that their views on God and suffering contained some apparent contradictions. Yet, they were not very willing to surrender these views. « Read the rest of this entry »

A Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God

May 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

About Causes, Consequences and Conclusions

Many will raise their eyebrows when they hear about a ‘cosmological proof’ for the existence of God. A cosmowhat?! Yes, it is a rather technical sounding word indeed. But that’s how things go with jargon, isn’t it. Apologetics too makes use of its own specialist vocabulary to describe and use important concepts. An additional issue here is that ‘cosmological argument’ is not only a technical term, it is in fact a rather complex argument, to be honest. That is to say, if we want to discuss the version as developed by Christian philosopher, William Lane Craig. And that is exactly what I want to do here. I have good reasons to do so too. Craig’s cosmological argument is rather promising as far as the defense of the belief in the Biblical God goes. « Read the rest of this entry »

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