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  • `The God-Factor in Science` ~ Concepts (2-9-2013)

    02/14/2013 5:48:26 PM PST · by SeanG200 · 1 replies
    Religio-Political Talk ^ | 2-14-2013 | Papa Giorgio
    ////////“Everything I have said and done in these last years is relativism by intuition…. If relativism signifies contempt for fixed categories and men who claim to be bearers of an objective, immortal truth… then there is nothing more relativistic than fascistic attitudes and activity…. From the fact that all ideologies are of equal value, that all ideologies are mere fictions, the modern relativist infers that everybody has the right to create for himself his own ideology and to attempt to enforce it with all the energy of which he is capable.” Mussolini, Diuturna pp. 374-77, quoted in A Refutation of...
  • (Vanity) Musical Thoughts: Metaphysical Musings From A Christian Music Video

    02/08/2013 5:37:02 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 31 replies
    grey_whiskers | 02-08-2013 | grey_whiskers
    Recently I was watching a YouTube video of Phil Keaggy. For those of you who do not know -- (which is to say, almost everybody) he is a Christian songwriter and guitarist who is a legend among guitarists; there are rumours floating around that Jimi Hendrix once called him "the best guitarist in the world."1 What is interesting is the comment threads which show up on YouTube under many of his videos. Generally one or two Christians will show up, with comments like "This is what Heaven must sound like" or "Praise GOD for Phil Keaggy's gift." Then usually, one...
  • Crossing the Jordan into the Inner Meaning [New Church, Open]

    11/29/2012 2:55:12 PM PST · by DaveMSmith · 520 replies
    Spirit and Life Bible Study ^ | Wed Nov 28, 2012 | Rev Dr Johnathon Rose
    Everything in the Old Testament history leads up to the crossing of the Jordan, and yet the way the story is told in Joshua 3 and 4 has major inconsistencies and problems. Is there another way to read it? Can the Bible be taken literally?
  • The Iranian Crackup (Big trouble in little Teheran)

    05/07/2011 12:28:19 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Human Events ^ | 05/06/2011 | John Hayward
    There is much turbulence in the Iranian government today. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is not happy that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fired Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi last month. He has now given Ahmadinejad an ultimatum to either re-instate Moslehi or resign. A sullen Ahmadinejad caught a bad case of the “blue flu,” and stopped showing up for work. According to the BBC, one of his aides wrote a blog post that said the Iranian president “is in pain, as if a thorn is stuck in his throat… he cannot take it out or swallow in.” Try that one the next time...
  • Make Every Day Opening Day

    04/04/2011 8:31:01 PM PDT · by TBP
    Facebook Article ^ | March 30, 2011 at 4:28pm | Tim Phares
    Spring is a wonderful time of year. Despite T.S. Eliot’s line that “April is the cruelest month,” spring is a time of renewal, a good time to remind ourselves to open up to new facets of life. One of the best things about spring, to me, is the opening of the baseball season. I am a fervent baseball fan. To me, there is a good deal of metaphysics in baseball. You start out at a place called home, then you go on a little journey like the Prodigal Son, the aim being to return home. The ones who go home...
  • Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, to debate Dr. Stephen Hawking on "Larry King Live"

    09/09/2010 12:49:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | September 8, 2090 | Carl Olson
    ... this Friday, September 10th, confirmed today by the folks at Healing the Culture, Fr. Spitzer's apostolate. Fr. Spitzer (who has written two books for Ignatius Press) just published a book titled, New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy . He talks about Hawking here: YouTube Video And in an essay, "The curious metaphysics of Dr. Stephen Hawking": Why would a preeminent physicist make the claim that “the universe can come from nothing?” This is precisely what Dr. Stephen Hawking has done in his new book, “The Grand Design,” when he notes, “Because...
  • Concept of 'hypercosmic God' wins Templeton Prize (Quantum Mechanics meets Metaphysics?)

    03/16/2009 4:29:12 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 98 replies · 3,287+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 16 March 2009 | Amanda Gefter
    Today the John Templeton Foundation announced the winner of the annual Templeton Prize of a colossal £1 million ($1.4 million), snip D'Espagnat boasts an impressive scientific pedigree, having worked with Nobel laureates Louis de Broglie, Enrico Fermi and Niels Bohr. De Broglie was his thesis advisor; he served as a research assistant to Fermi; and he worked at CERN when it was still in Copenhagen under the direction of Bohr. snip Third view Unlike classical physics, d'Espagnat explained, quantum mechanics cannot describe the world as it really is, it can merely make predictions for the outcomes of our observations. If...
  • Consciousness

    10/29/2007 6:22:17 AM PDT · by Hank Kerchief · 11 replies · 151+ views
    The Autonomist ^ | 10/29/07 | Reginald Firehammer
    Consciousness The Metaphysical Nature of Perception by Reginald Firehammer In philosophy, the study of the nature of knowledge is called epistemology. It is the most important branch of philosophy because it answers the most important question of all: what is knowledge? If that question is not answered correctly, all knowledge is in doubt, including all other philosophical knowledge. A better way to put the question, then, since knowledge must be assumed, is what do we know and how do we know it? The meaning of the word knowledge in epistemology is very specific. The words "knowledge" and "know" are used...
  • The Philosophical Legacy of Dietrich von Hildebrand

    07/31/2007 8:47:31 AM PDT · by Frank Sheed · 6 replies · 323+ views
    Monday, July 30, 2007 The Philosophical Legacy of Dietrich von Hildebrand posted by Shawn Tribe October 12 & 13, 2007 An International Conference Presented by The Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project and The M.A. Philosophy Program at Franciscan University Recent years have seen a renaissance in interest for the thought and personality of Dietrich von Hildebrand. The Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project, established in 2004, exists to encourage and stimulate this renewal, primarily by translating and publishing the writings of von Hildebrand in English, but also through sponsoring regular events to facilitate the wider reception of his many contributions....
  • Altered States - Scientists Analyze the Near-Death Experience

    05/25/2007 3:22:20 PM PDT · by Renfield · 47 replies · 1,822+ views
    University of Virginia Magazine ^ | Summer 2007 | Lee Graves
    Rocky collected money for the Mafia. A typical bagman, he was immersed in the material world of fast cars, quick cash and getting ahead by butting heads. One day, he was shot in the chest and left for dead on the street. He survived, though, and lived to tell of an experience that changed his life. "He described a blissful, typical near-death experience—seeing the light, communicating with a deity and seeing deceased relatives," says Bruce Greyson, a U.Va.-trained psychiatrist who interviewed Rocky after the shooting. "He came back with typical near-death aftereffects. He felt that cooperation and love were the...
  • The Metaphysics of Conservatism

    01/14/2006 4:02:45 AM PST · by WaterDragon · 15 replies · 588+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | January 12, 2006 | Edward Feser
    Richard M. Weaver’s Ideas Have Consequences, published in 1948, was among the founding documents of contemporary conservatism. The title phrase has become something of a cliché, and overuse has stripped it of the interesting meaning it once had. Nowadays most people assume that what Weaver was saying was that how we think is bound to affect how we act, and that the intellectual trends that prevail in a society will determine its moral and political character. To be sure, that was part of his meaning, but if that were all he had in mind his message would have been a...
  • Cardinal Ratzinger's Thoughts on Evolution An Excerpt From "Truth and Tolerance"

    09/01/2005 8:25:53 PM PDT · by AncientAirs · 22 replies · 610+ views
    Zenit ^ | September 01, 2005 | zenit
    ROME, SEPT. 1, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Christoph Schönborn's July 7 editorial in the New York Times entitled "Finding Design in Nature" provoked a flurry of reactions, both supportive and critical. Requests have begun to arrive in Rome for Benedict XVI to make some sort of clarification on the Church's stand regarding evolution. The following text, delivered in 1999 as part of a lecture at the Sorbonne in Paris by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (the future Benedict XVI) and subsequently published in the 2004 book "Truth and Tolerance" (Ignatius), can give some clue as to the Holy Father's thoughts on the question....
  • An Interesting Read

    01/15/2005 2:49:04 PM PST · by TBP · 1 replies · 286+ views
    TBP | Right now! | TBP
    I got an extermely interesting book from my wife for Christmas. It's called The Self-Aware Universe: How Consciousness Creates the Material World by Amit Goswami, Ph.D. The book combines quantum science, traditional mathematics, philosophy, psychology, and spirituality in a lively discussion of a scientific, monistic cosmology. A very interesting book for anyone interested in ideas. I recommend it highly.
  • UCLA Neuroscientist Gains Insights Into Human Brain From Study of Marine Snail

    12/15/2004 4:08:09 PM PST · by beavus · 5 replies · 526+ views
    UCLA News ^ | 12/7/2004 | Stuart Wolpert
    What can cellular neuroscientists learn about the human brain from studying a marine snail? Much more than one might suspect. "On a cell biological level, the mechanisms of learning and memory are identical, as far as we can tell," said David Glanzman, a UCLA professor of physiological science and neurobiology, whose research has strengthened the view that the human brain and that of a snail named Aplysia are surprisingly similar. "Human brains have many more neurons than the Aplysia's, but it doesn't look like there is any difference on a molecular or synaptic level. "When this animal learns," Glanzman said,...
  • On Plato, the Early Church, and Modern Science: An Eclectic Meditation

    11/30/2004 6:21:11 PM PST · by betty boop · 934 replies · 11,089+ views
    November 30, 2004 | Jean F. Drew
    On Plato, the Early Church, and Modern Science: An Eclectic Meditation By Jean F. Drew God, purposing to make the universe most nearly like the every way perfect and fairest of intelligible beings, created one visible living being, containing within itself all living beings of the same natural order. Thus does Plato (d. 347 B.C.) succinctly describe how all that exists is ultimately a single, living organism. At Timaeus20, he goes on to say: “There exists: first, the unchanging form, uncreated and indestructible, admitting no modification and entering no combination … second, that which bears the same name as the...
  • 89TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF NEW THOUGHT LEADERS HIGHLIGHTS PROSPERITY, HEALING AND INTERFAITH

    07/09/2004 11:29:58 AM PDT · by TBP · 43 replies · 573+ views
    Religion News Service ^ | July 8, 2004 | INTA
    From Sunday, July 18 to Friday, July 23, 2004, the 89th International New Thought Alliance (INTA) Congress will be held at Sheraton Premiere Tysons Corner, Vienna, VA. This year's theme is "The Power of One: Coming Together as Love." INTA Congress programs on prosperity, healing and interfaith will include individuals from all New Thought movements coming together for dialogue, support and growth. Highlights include spiritual leaders Mary Tumpkin, Walter Starcke, and best-selling author Iyanla VanZant among many others, along with outstanding local and national musicians and an interfaith service. Highlights include an Interfaith Service on Sunday July 18th and a...
  • Parrot's oratory stuns scientists

    01/26/2004 8:36:46 AM PST · by aculeus · 136 replies · 2,532+ views
    BBC News On Line ^ | 2004/01/26 | Alex Kirby
    The finding of a parrot with an almost unparalleled power to communicate with people has brought scientists up short. The bird, a captive African grey called N'kisi, has a vocabulary of 950 words, and shows signs of a sense of humour. He invents his own words and phrases if he is confronted with novel ideas with which his existing repertoire cannot cope - just as a human child would do. N'kisi's remarkable abilities, which are said to include telepathy, feature in the latest BBC Wildlife Magazine. N'kisi is believed to be one of the most advanced users of human language...
  • Parrot's oratory stuns scientists

    01/26/2004 10:48:01 PM PST · by unspun · 56 replies · 436+ views
    BBC News ^ | 1/26/2004 | Alex Kirby
    Parrot's oratory stuns scientists By Alex Kirby BBC News Online environment correspondent The finding of a parrot with an almost unparalleled power to communicate with people has brought scientists up short. The bird, a captive African grey called N'kisi, has a vocabulary of 950 words, and shows signs of a sense of humour. He invents his own words and phrases if he is confronted with novel ideas with which his existing repertoire cannot cope - just as a human child would do. N'kisi's remarkable abilities, which are said to include telepathy, feature in the latest BBC Wildlife Magazine. N'kisi...
  • The Absurdity of 'Thinking in Language'

    05/23/2003 3:59:51 PM PDT · by unspun · 1,292 replies · 1,085+ views
    the author's site ^ | 1972 | Dallas Willard
    The Absurdity of 'Thinking in Language' This paper has been read to the University of Southern California philosophy group and the Boston 1972 meeting of the American Philosophical Association, as well as to the Houston meeting of the Southwestern Philosophical Society. Appeared in The Southwestern Journal of Philosophy, IV(1973), pp. 125-132. Numbers in "<>" refer to this journal. Among the principal assumptions of major portions of philosophy in recent decades have been: (1) That philosophy somehow consists of (some sort of) logic, and (2) that logic is a study of and theory about (some sort of) language. There, of...
  • Divinity without Dogma

    04/28/2003 7:25:13 AM PDT · by TBP · 18 replies · 347+ views
    Conscious Choice ^ | September 2001 | Jonn Salovaara
    Divinity without Dogma A Look at Progressive Churches by Jonn Salovaara Conscious Choice, September 2001 This article looks at groups associated to varying degrees with Christianity. Other articles have featured, and will feature, outposts of other religious traditions. For thousands of years, churches have formally stated and proclaimed "a body of doctrines concerning faith and morals" -- the dictionary definition of "dogma." Institutionalized belief tends to become dogmatic, even when the belief itself begins as an alternative to an earlier dogma. So it was with early Christianity, starting small and in contrast to Judaism and imperial Roman belief and eventually...
  • Philosophy - What Is It?

    03/21/2003 8:50:08 AM PST · by Hank Kerchief · 92 replies · 652+ views
    The Autonomist ^ | March, 2003 | Reginald Firehammer
    Philosophy - What Is It? A long time ago, one of my very young sons was attempting to dissuade some of his friends from launching some stupid project bound to end in disaster. Try as he might, with his limited reasoning and persuasive power, he was unable to convince any of them of their folly. Finally, in exasperation, he threw up his hands and declared, "I'm surrounded by idiots!" I am convinced this is the true picture of the world, a world so absurd, if it is not populated by idiots, than it is populated by the insane. I...
  • Church Wins Right to Locate in Spiritualist Town

    09/17/2002 1:01:57 AM PDT · by ppaul · 14 replies · 456+ views
    Liberty Counsel ^ | 9/16/02 | Matt Staver
    CASSADAGA, FL - On September 5, 2002, the Volusia County Council approved a settlement agreement that ends a federal lawsuit filed by Dunamis Community and Outreach Ministries and grants to the church the right to locate in Cassadaga, Florida. The settlement makes Dunamis the first Christian church to locate in Cassadaga, which describes itself as a "metaphysical mecca." Dunamis is represented by Mathew D. Staver, President and General Counsel of Liberty Counsel, and Erik W. Stanley, Litigation Counsel for Liberty Counsel.Believing that God had led it to minister to the community of Cassadaga, Dunamis purchased property 0.8 of a mile...
  • The Tale of the Prodigal Son (Interpretation)

    08/04/2002 9:02:53 PM PDT · by TBP · 48 replies · 392+ views
    My computer | Today | TBP
    We shall not cease exploring And the end of our exploration Shall be to return to the place where we started And know it for the first time. -- T.S. Eliot The story of the Prodigal Son is the story of each of us. It is your story and mine. The prodigal son is heir to a great estate, along with his brother. He asks for his share, gets it, and goes wandering off from his father’s rich estate. Eventually, the prodigal son runs out of money and returns home. His father throws a banquet for him, much to the...
  • The Tale of the Prodigal Son (Interpretation)

    08/04/2002 8:53:58 PM PDT · by TBP · 285+ views
    My computer | Today | TBP
    We shall not cease exploring And the end of our exploration Shall be to return to the place where we started And know it for the first time. -- T.S. Eliot The story of the Prodigal Son is the story of each of us. It is your story and mine. The prodigal son is heir to a great estate, along with his brother. He asks for his share, gets it, and goes wandering off from his father’s rich estate. Eventually, the prodigal son runs out of money and returns home. His father throws a banquet for him, much to the...
  • Quote of the Week 6-3-02 (Thoughts Govern Events)

    06/03/2002 2:44:43 PM PDT · by TBP · 149+ views
    The Power of Decision | Some years ago | Dr. Raymond Charles Barker
    "The material world rearranges itself to accommodate what a Thinker wants and it does so as a Thinker is thinking and deciding." -- Dr. Raymond Charles Barker, The Power of Decision