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If Christ doesn’t offer to take away our negative experiences or our suffering, what does He offer? I love the comments of Carlfred Broderick, who said, “The gospel of Jesus Christ is not insurance against pain. It is a resource in the event… [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]

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If Christ doesn’t offer to take away our negative experiences or our suffering, what does He offer? I love the comments of Carlfred Broderick, who said, “The gospel of Jesus Christ is not insurance against pain. It is a resource in the event… [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]

The Inadequacy of Mechanistic Causation

Posted on September 18, 2011 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne Even if you can invent a purely mechanistic account of why you raise your hand to ask a question in a biology class, that account will never provide the complete picture. Let’s imagine, for a moment, that you… [click to read more]

How Stunt Kites Do Cool Tricks

Posted on September 18, 2011 by Nathan Richardson

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Implications 5: Freedom Nathan Richardson In a previous post, “Astronauts without Planets,” I described two competing paradigms about the nature of self and autonomy or agency. The first paradigm, Self-interest, assumes that selves are inherently separate, and thus free will… [click to read more]

Two Sticks with Big Implications

Posted on August 18, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Summary Nathan Richardson I began the introduction to this series with a quote by Gerald Lund. Whether he recognizes it or not, every person holds to a metaphysical position, trusts in at least one system of epistemology, and holds a… [click to read more]

Genetic or Chosen? A Continuing Debate

Posted on March 5, 2009 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne People often talk about same-sex attraction as though there were only two possible ways of explaining it, but could there be other, more satisfactory ways to describe it? Today, I would like to begin a series about same-gender… [click to read more]

Marriage and Meals

Posted on May 19, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson In a previous post, “The Essence of Marriage,” I responded to a review of a book on marriage.1 The author of the book summarizes a variety of marriage systems throughout history, showing how the concept of marriage has… [click to read more]

Shackled by Determinism

Posted on June 18, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne One goal of the natural sciences is to discover regularities in observable phenomena that allow us to predict future phenomena. George Kelly explained, “It is customary to say that the scientist’s ultimate aim is to predict and to… [click to read more]

"I Can’t See You When I’m Touching You"

Posted on July 25, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Ways of Knowing Nathan Richardson In a previous post, “What Makes Me a ‘Me’?” I described two conflicting assumptions about the nature of self in psychology. The first paradigm, Self-interest, assumes that we are entirely separate and distinct individuals, not… [click to read more]

Interpreting Sexual Attraction

Posted on March 31, 2009 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne When we feel that familiar pang of hunger in our stomach, we usually desire food. But is that the only thing it can mean to us? What it means to be an embodied agent is a very perplexing… [click to read more]

Reconsidering the Way We Talk about Same-sex Attraction

Posted on March 12, 2009 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne  Recap: In my previous post, I said that I appreciate Jeffrey Robinson’s account of same-gender attraction for two reasons: (1) it preserves human agency, and (2) it explains the experiences of those who struggle with same-gender attraction… [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]

Challenging the Pleasure Principle

Posted on August 11, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne Nathan has been writing an excellent series on two very different paradigms of human intent; he has contrasted a fundamentally egoistic and self-interested theory of human behavior with a fundamentally relational, other-oriented theory of human behavior. Today, I… [click to read more]

Intelligent Design and Psychology

Posted on March 17, 2010 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson What do arguments against intelligent design have to do with psychology? I’ll level with you—this post isn’t really about Intelligent Design (ID). It’s about the philosophy of science, and what rejecting Intelligent Design as a science implies about… [click to read more]

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If Christ doesn’t offer to take away our negative experiences or our suffering, what does He offer? I love the comments of Carlfred Broderick, who said, “The gospel of Jesus Christ is not insurance against pain. It is a resource in the event… [click to read more]

Explore

If Christ doesn’t offer to take away our negative experiences or our suffering, what does He offer? I love the comments of Carlfred Broderick, who said, “The gospel of Jesus Christ is not insurance against pain. It is a resource in the event… [click to read more]

Explore

If Christ doesn’t offer to take away our negative experiences or our suffering, what does He offer? I love the comments of Carlfred Broderick, who said, “The gospel of Jesus Christ is not insurance against pain. It is a resource in the event… [click to read more]

Explore

If Christ doesn’t offer to take away our negative experiences or our suffering, what does He offer? I love the comments of Carlfred Broderick, who said, “The gospel of Jesus Christ is not insurance against pain. It is a resource in the event… [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]

Thoughts on a TED-Ed presentation

Posted on October 31, 2012 by Jeffrey Thayne

0

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]

The Inadequacy of Mechanistic Causation

Posted on September 18, 2011 by Jeffrey Thayne

1

Jeffrey Thayne Even if you can invent a purely mechanistic account of why you raise your hand to ask a question in a biology class, that account will never provide the complete picture. Let’s imagine, for a moment, that you… [click to read more]

How Stunt Kites Do Cool Tricks

Posted on September 18, 2011 by Nathan Richardson

0

Implications 5: Freedom Nathan Richardson In a previous post, “Astronauts without Planets,” I described two competing paradigms about the nature of self and autonomy or agency. The first paradigm, Self-interest, assumes that selves are inherently separate, and thus free will… [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]

Two Sticks with Big Implications

Posted on August 18, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

0

Summary Nathan Richardson I began the introduction to this series with a quote by Gerald Lund. Whether he recognizes it or not, every person holds to a metaphysical position, trusts in at least one system of epistemology, and holds a… [click to read more]

Genetic or Chosen? A Continuing Debate

Posted on March 5, 2009 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne People often talk about same-sex attraction as though there were only two possible ways of explaining it, but could there be other, more satisfactory ways to describe it? Today, I would like to begin a series about same-gender… [click to read more]

Marriage and Meals

Posted on May 19, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson In a previous post, “The Essence of Marriage,” I responded to a review of a book on marriage.1 The author of the book summarizes a variety of marriage systems throughout history, showing how the concept of marriage has… [click to read more]

Shackled by Determinism

Posted on June 18, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

5

Jeffrey Thayne One goal of the natural sciences is to discover regularities in observable phenomena that allow us to predict future phenomena. George Kelly explained, “It is customary to say that the scientist’s ultimate aim is to predict and to… [click to read more]

"I Can’t See You When I’m Touching You"

Posted on July 25, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

2

Ways of Knowing Nathan Richardson In a previous post, “What Makes Me a ‘Me’?” I described two conflicting assumptions about the nature of self in psychology. The first paradigm, Self-interest, assumes that we are entirely separate and distinct individuals, not… [click to read more]

Interpreting Sexual Attraction

Posted on March 31, 2009 by Jeffrey Thayne

58

Jeffrey Thayne When we feel that familiar pang of hunger in our stomach, we usually desire food. But is that the only thing it can mean to us? What it means to be an embodied agent is a very perplexing… [click to read more]

Reconsidering the Way We Talk about Same-sex Attraction

Posted on March 12, 2009 by Jeffrey Thayne

47

Jeffrey Thayne  Recap: In my previous post, I said that I appreciate Jeffrey Robinson’s account of same-gender attraction for two reasons: (1) it preserves human agency, and (2) it explains the experiences of those who struggle with same-gender attraction… [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]

Challenging the Pleasure Principle

Posted on August 11, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

26

Jeffrey Thayne Nathan has been writing an excellent series on two very different paradigms of human intent; he has contrasted a fundamentally egoistic and self-interested theory of human behavior with a fundamentally relational, other-oriented theory of human behavior. Today, I… [click to read more]

Intelligent Design and Psychology

Posted on March 17, 2010 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson What do arguments against intelligent design have to do with psychology? I’ll level with you—this post isn’t really about Intelligent Design (ID). It’s about the philosophy of science, and what rejecting Intelligent Design as a science implies about… [click to read more]