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Philosopher of Love | The American Conservative
"To live well, Schindler argues, is to live in a way that is proper to our being. Conversely, when a misapprehension of being structures our thinking and actions, we experience unhappiness, brokenness, and poverty in its deepest sense—the absence of meaning. He believes that the modern liberal project from Descartes to Rawls is based on a radical misunderstanding of the nature of reality. Specifically, liberalism fails to apprehend that “love is the basic act and order of things.” Love brings all there is into existence, it is through love that all there is continues in existence, and it is for love that all things exist. Reality is in this sense triadic: all things are in, through, and for love. Being might therefore be said to be an order or “logic” of love."
philosophy  theology  love  belief  metaphysics  liberalism  critique  conservative 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Must We Act As If They Mean What They Say? — Crooked Timber
"The deeper question, I think, is why it appeals so much to so many Americans that conservatives constantly say things that they don’t really mean."
politics  extremism  right-wing  conservative  rhetoric  belief  theology  american 
september 2011 by tsuomela
slacktivist: TF: Loopholes and paradoxes
Here we encounter one more paradox, and this one simply confounds me. Premillennial pessimism and fatalism are ascendant in American evangelicalism. This is a view that, explicitly, teaches that heroism is for suckers and any attempt to change the world is futile. And yet these premillennial believers are more politically active than previous generations of evangelicals and fundamentalists.

The only explanation I can offer for this is that their convoluted theology confuses them even more than it confuses me.
evangelical  politics  religion  theology  confusion 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Religious Experience Linked to Brain’s Social Regions | Wired Science |
In a study published Monday in Public Library of Science ONE, Grafman’s team used an MRI to measure the brains areas in 40 people of varying degrees of religious belief.

People who reported an intimate experience of God, engaged in religious behavior or feared God, tended to have larger-than-average brain regions devoted to empathy, symbolic communication and emotional regulation
religion  brain-imaging  brain  neurology  mri  theology  psychology  evolutionary-psychology  evolution 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Methodological Naturalism and Philosophical Naturalism
In response to the charge that methodological naturalism in science logically requires the a priori adoption of a naturalistic metaphysics, I examine the question whether methodological naturalism entails philosophical (ontological or metaphysical) naturalism. I conclude that the relationship between methodological and philosophical naturalism, while not one of logical entailment, is the only reasonable metaphysical conclusion given (1) the demonstrated success of methodological naturalism, combined with (2) the massive amount of knowledge gained by it, (3) the lack of a method or epistemology for knowing the supernatural, and (4) the subsequent lack of evidence for the supernatural. The above factors together provide solid grounding for philosophical naturalism, while supernaturalism remains little more than a logical possibility.
philosophy  science  explanation  nature  naturalism  epistemology  methodology  religion  theology  theory  supernatural  teleology 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Methodological Naturalism? Part 1. Origins & Design 18:1. Plantinga, Alvin
The philosophical doctrine of methodological naturalism holds that, for any study of the world to qualify as "scientific," it cannot refer to God's creative activity (or any sort of divine activity). The methods of science, it is claimed, "give us no purchase" on theological propositions--even if the latter are true--and theology therefore cannot influence scientific explanation or theory justification. Thus, science is said to be religiously neutral, if only because science and religion are, by their very natures, epistemically distinct. However, the actual practice and content of science challenge this claim. In many areas, science is anything but religiously neutral; moreover, the standard arguments for methodological naturalism suffer from various grave shortcomings.
philosophy  science  explanation  nature  naturalism  epistemology  methodology  religion  theology  teleology 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Less Wrong: Atheism = Untheism Antitheism
Hunter-gatherer superstition isn't much like what we think of as "religion". Early Westerners often derided it as not really being religion at all, and they were right, in my opinion. In the hunter-gatherer stage the supernatural agents aren't particularly moral, or charged with enforcing any rules
religion  anthropology  archaeology  philosophy  atheism  theology  reasoning  epistemology 
july 2009 by tsuomela

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