Philosophy

I have a thought to share related to government and legal philosophy. First, though, there is a caveat. I’m not a political science major, and I know there are a lot of complexities that I haven’t fully learned about. There… [click to read more]

Perelandra Thoughts 3: Agency

Posted on November 12, 2012 by Jeffrey Thayne

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I’m continually fascinated by the continuing insights in C.S. Lewis’s Perelandra. I hope you’ll indulge me as I continue to share fascinating passages and thoughts. Although, I much prefer you read the book itself, I’m sharing them here in case… [click to read more]

Perelandra Thoughts 2: Letting the Past Go

Posted on November 10, 2012 by Jeffrey Thayne

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I would like to share some more fascinating thoughts expressed in C.S Lewis’s Perelandra. [SPOILER ALERT] You should skip these sorts of posts if you ever plan on reading the book. [/Alert] The character Ransom has traveled to Venus, and… [click to read more]

Thoughts on a TED-Ed presentation

Posted on October 31, 2012 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Recently, I watched this TED-Ed presentation by Trevor Maber. It’s a fascinating talk about how we make assumptions about the behavior of others that isn’t grounded in actual evidence—and how these assumptions can lead us to behave wrongly towards others…. [click to read more]

Deism vs. Theism

Posted on September 18, 2011 by Jeffrey Thayne

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I recently read an article by Dr. Brent Slife, Tiffani Stevenson, and Dennis Wendt that discusses the difference between deism, weak theism, and strong theism (“Including God in Psychotherapy: Strong vs. Weak Theism” Journal of Psychology and Theology, 2010). I… [click to read more]

Heavenly Insults

Posted on December 8, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson In a previous post (Dynamic and Active Being), Jeff explained a fundamental difference between two ancient worldviews. For Greek philosophers, “The central, basic … properties of an object constituted its ‘essence,’ which was unchanging by definition, since if… [click to read more]

Your Spiritual Nose

Posted on June 2, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson Empirical means “depending upon experience or observation alone.”1 Thus, empiricism is defined as “the doctrine that all knowledge is derived from sense experience.”2 Notice the assumption that experience is synonymous with the senses. It is frequently assumed that… [click to read more]

The Spiritual Laboratory

Posted on June 6, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson In a previous post, “Your Spiritual Nose,” I suggested that people too often dismiss the spiritual senses as being less reliable than our physical senses. Some object that spiritual senses are often misperceived or misinterpreted, to which I… [click to read more]

The Consequences of Ideas

Posted on May 1, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne Gerald Lund explains, Whether he recognizes it or not, every person holds to a metaphysical position, trusts in at least one system of epistemology, and holds a personal axiology or set of values and ethics. Furthermore, these three… [click to read more]

Deism vs. Theism

Posted on September 18, 2011 by Jeffrey Thayne

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I recently read an article by Dr. Brent Slife, Tiffani Stevenson, and Dennis Wendt that discusses the difference between deism, weak theism, and strong theism (“Including God in Psychotherapy: Strong vs. Weak Theism” Journal of Psychology and Theology, 2010). I… [click to read more]

Astronauts without Planets

Posted on September 29, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson In a previous post (Restored Doctrines and Free Will), I explained that the Lord apparently revealed the doctrine that intelligence has always existed in order to help us understand how it is possible that we have agency. Because… [click to read more]

Missiles and Revelation

Posted on May 28, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne My friend Nathan brought to my attention a pedagogically useful example that illustrates an idea I have tried to convey in the past. Consider for a moment that we are testing a missile, and have predicted the precise… [click to read more]

Needed or Enough?

Posted on September 2, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne This post may seem a little basic, but I believe that there are two terms that, if understood properly, may greatly help us understand how the doctrines of the Restoration may compare with the philosophies of the world…. [click to read more]

Meaningful Antecedents

Posted on September 4, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne Although agency and indeterminism are often equated in popular rhetoric, the two philosophical concepts are very different things. Indeterminism, as Williams defines it, is the philosophy that events have no antecedents, or in other words, that they are… [click to read more]

The Greek and Hebrew Intellectual Traditions

Posted on July 18, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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We live in a very different intellectual climate than those who wrote the scriptures. Our philosophy and our academic climate was inherited to us from the Greeks; even our concept of truth “originates primarily where a lot of Western intellectual… [click to read more]

Perelandra Thoughts 3: Agency

Posted on November 12, 2012 by Jeffrey Thayne

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I’m continually fascinated by the continuing insights in C.S. Lewis’s Perelandra. I hope you’ll indulge me as I continue to share fascinating passages and thoughts. Although, I much prefer you read the book itself, I’m sharing them here in case… [click to read more]

Perelandra Thoughts 2: Letting the Past Go

Posted on November 10, 2012 by Jeffrey Thayne

0

I would like to share some more fascinating thoughts expressed in C.S Lewis’s Perelandra. [SPOILER ALERT] You should skip these sorts of posts if you ever plan on reading the book. [/Alert] The character Ransom has traveled to Venus, and… [click to read more]

Thoughts on a TED-Ed presentation

Posted on October 31, 2012 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Recently, I watched this TED-Ed presentation by Trevor Maber. It’s a fascinating talk about how we make assumptions about the behavior of others that isn’t grounded in actual evidence—and how these assumptions can lead us to behave wrongly towards others…. [click to read more]

Deism vs. Theism

Posted on September 18, 2011 by Jeffrey Thayne

0

I recently read an article by Dr. Brent Slife, Tiffani Stevenson, and Dennis Wendt that discusses the difference between deism, weak theism, and strong theism (“Including God in Psychotherapy: Strong vs. Weak Theism” Journal of Psychology and Theology, 2010). I… [click to read more]

Rain Makes Water Fall from the Sky

Posted on April 13, 2010 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson Down syndrome does not cause a learning disability. If you don’t believe me, keep reading. Once upon a time, there was a scientist who studied children and their biological and cognitive development. He met all kinds of children… [click to read more]

Heavenly Insults

Posted on December 8, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson In a previous post (Dynamic and Active Being), Jeff explained a fundamental difference between two ancient worldviews. For Greek philosophers, “The central, basic … properties of an object constituted its ‘essence,’ which was unchanging by definition, since if… [click to read more]

Your Spiritual Nose

Posted on June 2, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson Empirical means “depending upon experience or observation alone.”1 Thus, empiricism is defined as “the doctrine that all knowledge is derived from sense experience.”2 Notice the assumption that experience is synonymous with the senses. It is frequently assumed that… [click to read more]

The Spiritual Laboratory

Posted on June 6, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson In a previous post, “Your Spiritual Nose,” I suggested that people too often dismiss the spiritual senses as being less reliable than our physical senses. Some object that spiritual senses are often misperceived or misinterpreted, to which I… [click to read more]

The Consequences of Ideas

Posted on May 1, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne Gerald Lund explains, Whether he recognizes it or not, every person holds to a metaphysical position, trusts in at least one system of epistemology, and holds a personal axiology or set of values and ethics. Furthermore, these three… [click to read more]

Deism vs. Theism

Posted on September 18, 2011 by Jeffrey Thayne

0

I recently read an article by Dr. Brent Slife, Tiffani Stevenson, and Dennis Wendt that discusses the difference between deism, weak theism, and strong theism (“Including God in Psychotherapy: Strong vs. Weak Theism” Journal of Psychology and Theology, 2010). I… [click to read more]

Astronauts without Planets

Posted on September 29, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson In a previous post (Restored Doctrines and Free Will), I explained that the Lord apparently revealed the doctrine that intelligence has always existed in order to help us understand how it is possible that we have agency. Because… [click to read more]

Missiles and Revelation

Posted on May 28, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne My friend Nathan brought to my attention a pedagogically useful example that illustrates an idea I have tried to convey in the past. Consider for a moment that we are testing a missile, and have predicted the precise… [click to read more]

Needed or Enough?

Posted on September 2, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne This post may seem a little basic, but I believe that there are two terms that, if understood properly, may greatly help us understand how the doctrines of the Restoration may compare with the philosophies of the world…. [click to read more]

Meaningful Antecedents

Posted on September 4, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

29

Jeffrey Thayne Although agency and indeterminism are often equated in popular rhetoric, the two philosophical concepts are very different things. Indeterminism, as Williams defines it, is the philosophy that events have no antecedents, or in other words, that they are… [click to read more]

The Greek and Hebrew Intellectual Traditions

Posted on July 18, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

20

We live in a very different intellectual climate than those who wrote the scriptures. Our philosophy and our academic climate was inherited to us from the Greeks; even our concept of truth “originates primarily where a lot of Western intellectual… [click to read more]