Poem of the Week [10.8]

June 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

When God speaks you have to listen, when He moves you have to surrender and accept whatever comes your way. This poem is about just that. « Read the rest of this entry »


Why the Hell…? [1] – Toward a Livable Theodicy

June 19, 2010 § 4 Comments

Dante primarily depicted hell as a place with several stages of suffering meted out in accordance with one's moral life

Why the hell…‘ is often used as a rather rude exclamation to express irritation when one is puzzled or annoyed. Taken on face value however it expresses quite well the profound questions that are are brought up in this new three part series of blogposts. Why is there a hell? Why is there suffering? Why is violence condoned in the Old Testament? ‘Why the hell’ is it so very difficult to wrestle with these issues? « Read the rest of this entry »

Poem of the Week [10.7]

June 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

Another poem inspired by one of my favorite (wordless songs) that speak for themselves more clearly than words ever could. The impetus comes from The Gathering Sky by the Pat Metheny Group. A couple of years ago my daughter and I listened to this song while driving and we imagined how the song starts with a quite summer afternoon. In the distance however dark cloud formations gather and approach. Soon a breathtaking storm is unleashed until after rain, lightening and wind the quiet gentle atmosphere returns. Both of us didn’t realize that was exactly what the song was all about. Of course this poem has a much deeper meaning far beyond the mere description of a storm… « Read the rest of this entry »

How Dangerous Can An Argument for God Be? – Addressing fideistic concerns

June 12, 2010 § 5 Comments

Translation of the draft of a rebuttal to a published response, by Jos Quist, to my newspaper article ‘A Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God.’ The rebuttal was published in the Reformatorische Dagblad, a conservative newspaper in the Netherlands. « Read the rest of this entry »

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