The Incarnation and the Possibility of Theology as Science: Toward a Post-Wittgenstein Appreciation

“Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muss man schweigen.” [Thereof one cannot speak, thereover one must be silent.” (Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, proposition 7) Wittgenstein’s contention seems reasonable enough: If something transcends (or even falls below?) the ambit of human discourse, our total “language game” – the words we use and how we use them –… More The Incarnation and the Possibility of Theology as Science: Toward a Post-Wittgenstein Appreciation

The Leftovers: Faith vs Liberalism

  The Leftovers has captured my interest with its sensitive portrayal of nonbelievers attempting to grapple with a scenario seemingly straight out of Revelation. One progressive entertainment website proclaimed the show to be “…A Great Model For Coping With Other People’s Religion.” Ideologically The Leftovers is decidedly left-liberal, though not to the point of unpleasantness. Protagonists… More The Leftovers: Faith vs Liberalism

The Unlikely Redemption of True Detective Season Two

  Some time ago I watched HBO’s standalone season 2 of the murder mystery True Detective. Despite a lukewarm reaction from both critics and audiences for plot pacing and dialogue issues there was something about the story that stayed with me. The show is ostensibly about a murder being investigated by four “detectives,” a gangster,… More The Unlikely Redemption of True Detective Season Two

Practical Mercifulness in Nicea I and Amoris Laetitia

I just came across the cannons of the First Council of the Nicea. I have to say that the practice of the early Church was rather different. I am just posting two short paragraphs to compare. Nicea I Cannon 11. Concerning those who have transgressed without necessity or the confiscation of their property or without… More Practical Mercifulness in Nicea I and Amoris Laetitia

Descartes – Few Words about Senses and Accidents

It has been already pointed out that Descartes intended to replace Aristotelian philosophy. This intention necessarily shows itself in his treatment of the substance and accident. One of the main differences consist in Descart’s denial of the reality of accidents. “Secondly it is completely contradictory that there should be any real accidents, since whatever is… More Descartes – Few Words about Senses and Accidents

An Attempt To Address The “Is – Ought” Problem

Since the time of David Hume and perhaps earlier, it has been often argued that one may not to conclude from the nature of the thing to the natural laws about its existence. This had a very unfortunate consequences for ethical naturalists, who claim that morality of human acts is essentially rooted in the nature… More An Attempt To Address The “Is – Ought” Problem

Batman v Superman: Exhausted Liberalism

In part II of Zack Snyder’s extended “Superman” origin story, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, an influential US Senator declares to the Man of Steel “In a democracy ‘good’ is a conversation, not a unilateral decision.” Allusions to Hillary Clinton and her “Let’s Have A Conversation” catchphrase aside, the presentation of this dialogue in… More Batman v Superman: Exhausted Liberalism