I have found that it is not the longest question nor the grandest question that forms the best riddle but the simplest question. What more could be said of philosophy than it is predicated by one too many people fascinated with the question, "Why?" Likewise, the simple question, "Where do our dates come from in … Continue reading The Bible and Absolute Dating
One of the greatest sources of inspiration is repetition. Whether it is an experience, a statistic, some misnomer, or, in this case, a proposition, repetition has a way of bringing to mind past, or long forgotten, thoughts in a new way. It is, as some say, to let a thought simmer and to remember you … Continue reading Guilt, Fear, Habit, Repeat…
Second episode of the first season (if they even called them "seasons" that long ago). This talk with an episcopal priest was enlightening not only in understanding how far social stigma against smoking has come (as the priest is clearly smoking during the show), but also enlightening through a few of the objections and thoughts … Continue reading Firing Line: Episode 2
The Abolition of Man, by C.S. Lewis, contrary to being commonly presumed to be a book, is a series of three lectures that were given at the King's College, New Castle from February 24th to 26th of 1943. It has often been used as a modern primer for students of natural law (of which I … Continue reading The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis: Quotations
Harvey C. Mansfield is a Carol G. Simon Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution (Stanford University) and the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1962 and was chair of the government department from 1973-1977. He won the Joseph R. Levenson award for his teaching at Harvard, … Continue reading A Political Philosophy Booklist by Harvey C. Mansfield
Before you condemn *my* new favorite T.V. talk show, let me proffer a few explanations. Allow yourself to pause for a moment and think about the three things missing in the current political polemics. Cordiality? How about intellectual stimulation? Oh, here's a third, audience questions that are relevant to the topic? I've had a handful … Continue reading Firing Line: Episode 1
One of the most unsurprising aspects of a surprising claim is how often it isn't all that surprising. We say of these claims, "It sounds too good to be true." In the same way, the claim, "There are only two ways to know anything about the supernatural," sounds at once dramatic and surprising, but you'll … Continue reading Two Ways to Know about the Supernatural.