Category Archives: Philosophy

Phenomenology Versus Epistemology, With a Dash Of Ontology

As I hinted yesterday, spiritual shit got real recently. I had a daydream I didn’t like and had trouble stopping it. From the secular perspective, I had a harmless daydream and am being pathologically repressive. From the Christian perspective, I … Continue reading

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A Terminology Question – And a Warning

I finally figured out what I believe and it seems a bit unusual. Is there a term for this or did I come up with something novel? I believe that theological details are knowable and subject to investigation. I also believe … Continue reading

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The Filioque, Metaphor Edition

Now that we have a theory, let’s take another look at the filioque. Keep in mind that we’re investigating secular consequences of beliefs, not their proper interpretation. If a belief lends itself to a particular misunderstanding, then the spread of that … Continue reading

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The Lens Of The Mind’s Eye

Did you know there’s an entire literature exploring the cognitive role of metaphor? Seems like it may be quite central to human thought. That’s good for my theory: it kind of hinges on the assumption. I think religious beliefs act … Continue reading

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The Filioque, Reformation Edition

I keep coming back to the filioque. Might as well try and make sense of it. The Catholic position is that the Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son, and that the procession from the Father is prior. … Continue reading

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We Have Principles

I keep getting in my own way when I try to explain too much at once. Let’s lay some groundwork and see if it comes in handy later. We live in a world that runs according to knowable principles and … Continue reading

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How To Epistemology

My reasoning will be easier to follow with a basic understanding of my approach to truth and knowledge. Let’s take a look. Reality is deeply interconnected so all truth is connected. This is most apparent in physics and mathematics but … Continue reading

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Ignorance Shields From Error

In matters of faith, I expect a simple truth to be better than a sophisticated error. If so, we can draw some inferences on the patterns we should see if a church is in error. If a church is careful … Continue reading

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Grand Theory, First Draft

I have doubts – as I should: lone geniuses with grand theories have a spotty track record. We get the occasional Einstein but we also get the Time Cube guy. I think I’m on to something but it’s not easy … Continue reading

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Bridging the Gap

The separation between secular and spiritual thought seems to be a central aspect of the problem of modernity. They need not contradict and it was a mistake to let them diverge. The task, then, is to reconcile the secular and … Continue reading

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