Computer programming is a creative activity in which you have to build coherent, rational systems. This can teach us something about faith.
This is the final article in my trilogy on Genesis 1-3 for Conciliar Post. The first post was, “Why the Fall Makes No Sense.” The second was, “Why Does God Tempt (then Abandon) Adam & Eve?”
I. The Rules Everyone Knows A. The Two "Normal" Rules A lot of people confuse the Golden Rule with the Silver Rule. Here's the Golden Rule: In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12, NRSV) Many people confuse this with [...]
My series on Genesis 1-3 continues over at Conciliar Post. The first post was, "Why the Fall Makes No Sense." This month's post is, "Why Does God Tempt (then Abandon) Adam & Eve?" Next month will be, "Why Adam & Eve Had to Die," which sounds really, really dramatic.
1. "Brueggemann" Is a Good Name While reading his article, “David and His Theologian” (The Catholic Biblical Quarterly 30 , 156–81), I realized Walter Brueggemann had missed something. There's a debate about when the book of Genesis was written. Most Bible scholars now believe it was written way, way later than us normals think. Brueggemann [...]
My first article on Conciliar Post: http://www.conciliarpost.com/philosophy/why-the-problem-of-evil-is-incoherent-2/ In it, I argue that on the standard philosophical view of the Abrahamic God, there theodicies are helpful, but unnecessary.
Today we have 2014's top 5 "Pure Philosophy" posts, as determined by the absolutely objective criteria of how strongly I feel about them. (And by "posts," I mean, "posts that I wrote." And by "Pure Philosophy," I mean, "posts that weren't about music-and-philosophy.") 5. "Fundamental" Particles As I noted in yesterday's post on posts 10-6, [...]
We've done all the other songs in the top 5 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, so today we're jumping down to #6, Hozier's "Take Me to Church." The video below is about the anti-LGBT laws and violence in Russia. Hozier is Irish, evidently, and "Take Me to Church" is about having a better religious experience [...]
I've been listening to a lot of mystery novels recently (I have a long commute on Tuesdays and Thursdays) and have noticed that some mysteries seem cheap, while others seem . . . expensive? Dear? Legitimate? The cheap mysteries are the ones where you're riding along in the head of the "detective," and then suddenly [...]
I'm reading The Presence and the Power: The Significance of the Holy Spirit in the Life and Ministry of Jesus, by Gerald F. Hawthorne at the moment. It's a relatively scholarly study of what you might call the interaction of the 2nd and 3rd members of the Trinity during the life of Jesus. Hawthorne says [...]