Category: Philosophy

On Genocide in Scripture: A Letter to a Friend Leaving the Faith

This is a letter that I wrote to a friend who is leaving behind the Christian faith.  I hope to begin a dialog with her, and may post excerpts from as we progress. First, let me say that you’re asking...

/ June 5, 2010

Maintaining Faith: Apologetics within the Christian Community

Over the past few years, we have occasionally engaged in that practice which the church calls “apologetics” here at Mere Orthodoxy. We never did it, I think, out of some sort of anxiety about the reliability of our Christian faith...

/ May 27, 2010

The New Dualisms

Gene Fant dug up this little gem from the latest Proceedings of the Modern Language Association by Timothy Morton: It’s not just that rabbits are rabbits in name only; it’s that whether or not we have words for them, rabbits...

/ May 23, 2010

The Expansiveness of Time

Tomorrow, my experience of time will dramatically change. Over the past six months, I have been working for an international corporation in what amounted to a digital stockroom.  It was the sort of job that would turn the most hardened...

/ May 10, 2010

Too Awesome Not to Share

From the video department here at Mere-O comes this offering, which is predicated on the simple premise of modernity:  we will, because we can. Of course, we never see him come down.  And that is the rub. Second, what is...

/ May 2, 2010

An Emergence of the Gaps Theory?

(Apologies to the reader for a bit more abstract fare this evening.) Meet Plotinus.   He’s a neo-Platonic philosopher from the 3rd century A.D., and is more well known for his famous pupil–St. Augustine–than his own work. Plotinus’ central contribution...

/ April 27, 2010

A Letter to a Former Student, on the Occasion of a Difficult Day

Newer readers to Mere-O may not know that for two years I worked as an educator, and was blessed to have an incredible set of students.  This is a letter I wrote tonight to one of them.  I post it...

/ April 22, 2010

Which Dualism, Whose Description?

“Dualism” is a dirty word. Whether it refers to bodies and souls, men and women, reason and emotion, gender and sex, binary thinking is no longer in. The rejection of dualisms takes different forms, depending on which intellectual tradition you’re...

/ March 15, 2010

Fear and Greatness: Why American Citizens Should Worry That the Terror of Terrorism Has Such Little Effect on the Behaviors and Beliefs of Men

Every generation struggles towards a certain self-understanding as its members move from immaturity to adulthood and walk through the trials of growing, thinking, discovering, and confronting responsibility.  This path of maturation cannot be trod by a substitute, nor can it...

/ March 10, 2010

Old and Relevant: Leviathan

When Thomas Hobbes wrote his Leviathan, the English were in the midst of a series of civil wars, battling their brothers over religious and political issues.  Charles I struggled with a Puritan Parliament that, among other things, aimed to build...

/ March 3, 2010