Archive for the ‘Philosophy’ Category

Society is No One: When You Have Society’s Approval

Society is no one. It is the no one who sits in judgment over an activist’s appeal. It is the nobody standing in support of a preacher’s morality. It is the no one who cares for and supports you in your personal growth. Of course, everyone together is society, and good society demands good people...
April 10th, 2014 | Culture, Ethics, Politics | Read More

Rooted in Love–What We Can Learn From the Flowers

Humans have an innate appreciation for nature.  Except for the occasional bee sting or troublesome allergies, nature often enchants all of our senses.  Smelling the crisp scent of evergreens, tasting the salty sea air, feeling the soft grass against our toes, hearing the chirping of the birds, and...
March 31st, 2014 | Education, Worldviews | Read More

Autumn in the Sovereign Zone: Why “It’s My Body, I Can Do What I Want” Won’t Do

Autumn in the Sovereign Zone[1] Anyone who has ever heard a conversation about abortion has heard pro-choice statements like: “My body, my choice.” “You can’t tell another person what she can’t do with her own body.” “The fetus is part of her body.” “The fetus is inside her body.” When...
October 2nd, 2013 | Abortion, Bioethics, Ethics, Family Issues, Human Rights, Social Justice | Read More

Non-Denominationalism and Epistemology: Why Some Things Can’t Be Learned by Simple Study

For the last couple of weeks, my reading has been dominated by discussions of denominationalism. It all started when Nathan discussed the “feeling” of a doctrine. The key sentence, in my estimation, is this one: Non-denominationalists might condemn denominations because they alienate real...
August 27th, 2013 | Philosophy, Religion | Read More

What if a Doctrine Feels Wrong?

When universalists look at the idea of people going to hell, they often have an emotional reaction. The idea of people going to hell ought to provoke an emotional reaction, and the number of missions agencies and the fact that people continue to join them and support them shows just what people are willing...
August 6th, 2013 | Apologetics, Logic & Rhetoric, Philosophy | Read More

Spiritual Warfare is Guerrilla Warfare

Spiritual warfare is hardly a neat war between the uniformed armies of equal countries, snapping up this bit of land with all those nice mines and factories in it or grabbing up that lucrative trade route. Spiritual warfare is guerrilla warfare. Satan is in a rebellion against God, so he can hardly...
July 23rd, 2013 | Apologetics, Church, Philosophy, Religion, Worldviews | Read More

On Smart Christianity: Not Just Interesting Ideas

There is not really a “beyond” in Christian theology, given that everything that we learn in Sunday school is still true when systematic theology rears its dogmatic head. It is impossible to transcend the basics. Although there is a “mere Christianity” that all Christians hold...
July 18th, 2013 | Apologetics, Logic & Rhetoric, Protestant, Religion, The Gospel | Read More

Question from Harry Potter: Is It Real or Just in My Head?

Editor’s note: This week, we’re running a series on questions, inspired by Matthew Lee Anderson’s book, The End of Our Exploring. We reviewed his book here. There’s a great deal going on this week: buy one copy of Matt’s book, and you can give one away for free. Check...
July 9th, 2013 | Art & Literature, Education, Logic & Rhetoric | Read More

Weekly Roundup: Same Sex Marriage and Superman

For many years Joe Carter, the original proprietor of the Evangelical Outpost, would gather together the week’s most interesting stories in a series called 33 Things.  Being a bloodthirsty Capitalist, Joe has threatened to sue if we continue to use the name*, thus we continue the tradition with...
June 28th, 2013 | Culture, Links, Media, Philosophy, Politics | Read More

Man of Steel: Morality Gone Wrong

If you haven’t seen Man of Steel yet, and you don’t want certain things about the film to be revealed to you, you should walk away now. In other words: Spoiler Alert. There’s a lot to be said about Man of Steel, whether we’re judging Snyder’s directorial imprint on the...
June 17th, 2013 | Film, Moral Philosophy | Read More