Athens and Jerusalem: the role of philosophy in faith, with analysis by St. Gregory Palamas

For me the role of philosophy in Christian faith has always been something like Anselm’s famous motto: “faith seeking understanding.” When applied to the faith, Philosophy is just faith seeking understanding, useful for synthesizing with reason those things initially accepted by faith. Philosophy offers the chance to know those things which the faith preaches. Didn’t…

Why the Jews?: Nietzsche on the Jewish persecution

Why have the Jews suffered so much persecution throughout history? This is a typical question that comes up after one realizes just how constant the persecution of Jew has been, and history offers no shortage of scholars to answer it. Admittedly I am no such scholar. At best I am a cursory observer of the…

Kierkegaard’s view on Faith and conquering Anxiety

“No one can be wholly and indivisibly in the present,” writes Kierkegaard, “before he is finished with the future.” With this single line Kierkegaard exposes profound implications of both faith and how to conquer anxiety. In Kierkegaard’s most spiritual works, the “Upbuilding Discourses”, he battles with the question, “How do I know I have faith…

Is Atheism a Religion?

In political discourse (if such a thing still exists) one often hears various religious groups claim that atheism is just another religion and therefore the removal of God from the public square is the same as instituting yet another religion, atheism. Though I understand this sentiment, the fact is atheism is anything but a religion.…

The Human: Not Just Another Animal

“Human” itself is an interesting word. One possible etymology is from the old-Latin rendering of “homo” (man) and “humus” (earth) combined to describe mankind as “earthly beings” distinguishing them from “heavenly beings,” i.e., the gods. Today our challenge is much different: rather than confusing ourselves with gods we have a tendency to confuse ourselves with…

Sam Harris: Riding the Philosophic Short Bus

To begin, I would like to tip my hat to Sam Harris. He is an all-star neuroscientist and fantastic author and speaker, but more than that, he’s brave! Brave? Yes, brave. Any scientist willing to commit to a strict philosophical naturalism and not allow the element of human thought to escape its clutches has attempted…