Soren Kierkegaard on “equality in loving” which is the love that can change the world – “Works of Love” 9 (preferential love, part 2)

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In this post we will consider Kierkegaard’s positive view of the duty of loving our neighbor. Continue reading

Soren Kierkegaard on “Keeping the two commandments” – “Works of Love” 8 (preferential love, part 1)

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“Just because Christianity is the true ethic, it knows how to shorten deliberations and cut short prolix instructions, to remove all provisional waiting and preclude all waste of time. Christianity is involved in the task immediately, because it has brought the task along. There is, indeed, great debate going on in the world about what should be called the highest good. But whatever it is called at the moment, whatever variations there are, it is unbelievable how many prolexities are involved in grasping it.”

“Christianity, however, teaches a man immediately the shortest way to find the highest good: shut your door and pray to God – for God is still the highest.  And when a man will go out into the world, he can go a long way – and go in vain –  he can wander the world around – and in vain – all in order to find the beloved or the friend. But Christianity never suffers a man to go in vain, not even a single step, for when you open the door which you shut in order to pray to God, the first person you meet as you go out is your neighbor whom you shall love. Wonderful!” (Soren Kierkegaard, “Works of Love” p. 64.) Continue reading

“What Good Am I?” – Bob Dylan and the Book of James

Oh Mercy

Another great song from Dylan’s 1989 masterpiece, “Oh Mercy.” Below is a link to hear the song, the lyrics, and some words that should open a window on Dylan’s source of inspiration for this song. Continue reading

Soren Kierkegaard’s “Works of Love” 5 (Self-love: part 2, improper self-love)

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In this post I present an excerpt from Soren Kierkegaard in which he presents some examples of persons that fail to love themselves with proper self-love. This is perhaps one of the best ways to demonstrate how “natural” self-love is inadequate as a basis for neighbor-love, while also falling short of proper self-love. Continue reading

Why Believe? Video on the moral and aesthetic dimensions of life

I found this video to be compelling. There seemed to be a primal quality conveyed in the stark realities: a man –  perhaps a sage – considering the starry universe he inhabits – and the moral universe that inhabits him.

John Cottingham is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading.

Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me.
Immanuel Kant

Through space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; through thought I comprehend the world.
Blaise Pascal

 

BMC & Manifest Propensity, 2013

 

A meditation on gun control part 2: Toward a Christian response

 

“Can the gospel stop a bad guy with a gun?”

 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.”  (Ephesians 1:19-21)

In part 1 of this paper I tried to subtly challenge the reader so that they might look at the issue of gun control Continue reading