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]

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]

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]

My Marriage Evolved Away

Posted on June 11, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson In a previous post (The Essence of Marriage), I responded to a book review about the definition of marriage. The reviewer concluded that “marriage has no essence,” and therefore we need not be upset or concerned that some… [click to read more]

Are Christian Apologetics Counter-Intuitive?

Posted on April 29, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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The principles that Christ taught and the precepts attested to by prophets for ages do not need to be defended or proven; they need to be lived! Apolegetics may actually hinder our ability to perceive spiritual things the more they direct us to empirical, logical, or even ontological “proof,” as though such endeavors yield real knowledge about God. Where, then, is reason valuable? Williams explains, “Once we know what is true, reason provides a wonderful tool for sorting out our obligations, anticipating consequences, and persuading others that what we know is true. Truth, I am convinced, can be rendered reasonable, but it does not arise from reason.”

A Gift that Was Never Given?

Posted on September 22, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson In a previous post, “Restored Doctrines and Free Will,” I explained that Heavenly Father revealed the doctrine of “intelligences” in order to help us understand how created beings can have free will and thus personal accountability. Through the… [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

0

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]

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]

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]

My Marriage Evolved Away

Posted on June 11, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson In a previous post (The Essence of Marriage), I responded to a book review about the definition of marriage. The reviewer concluded that “marriage has no essence,” and therefore we need not be upset or concerned that some… [click to read more]

Are Christian Apologetics Counter-Intuitive?

Posted on April 29, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

1

The principles that Christ taught and the precepts attested to by prophets for ages do not need to be defended or proven; they need to be lived! Apolegetics may actually hinder our ability to perceive spiritual things the more they direct us to empirical, logical, or even ontological “proof,” as though such endeavors yield real knowledge about God. Where, then, is reason valuable? Williams explains, “Once we know what is true, reason provides a wonderful tool for sorting out our obligations, anticipating consequences, and persuading others that what we know is true. Truth, I am convinced, can be rendered reasonable, but it does not arise from reason.”

A Gift that Was Never Given?

Posted on September 22, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson In a previous post, “Restored Doctrines and Free Will,” I explained that Heavenly Father revealed the doctrine of “intelligences” in order to help us understand how created beings can have free will and thus personal accountability. Through the… [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]