Link: A Brief Debate About the Banishment of Theological Reasoning: Theology As Knowledge on ‘First Things’ Why do Christians sometimes seem so adversarial toward higher learning, criticism, and reason? Some learned voices on how it all started, what it all means, and when it will ever end. When all Christian forms of reason are banished from these spheres a priori, then by definition Christians must find their general output objectionable.
Once upon a time, a very well-educated alien was flying through space with next to nothing on his mind. This means a little more than it would if you, for instance, had nothing on your mind; this alien’s mind was the very next thing to a black hole so he really had exactly next to nothing on his mind. This alien had been doing nothing but zooming around empty space for aeons. He could not even die and decay, because although he was trapped, exiled, in the timeline of the… Read more The Alien and the Slimy Rock →
Here it is! I’m proud of this review, in which I never once use the word ‘redemptive!’
It kind of annoys me – the way people use the words ‘idealism’ and ‘idealistic’ to denote a starry-eyed faith-filled approach to life. “Believe that the best is possible,” shriek the voices, “be idealistic.” Yech. Blech. Mech. Saith the Young Curmudgeon. All “ism’s” are philosophies that place some unifying idea at the center of their thought. Feminism is a view of history and society with the female at the center. Communism is a political philosophy built around the central idea of people’s holding property in common rather than privately. And… Read more The Dangers of Idealism →