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Pensées – Blaise Pascal

“When we want to correct someone usefully and show him he is wrong, we must see from what point of view he is approaching the matter, for it is usually right from that point of view, and we must admit this, but show him that point of view from which it is wrong. This will please him, because he will see that he was not wrong but merely failed to see every aspect of the question.”

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Worldviews: What They Are and Why They Matter (Part 4)

In my previous articles I described what worldviews are and how they work, sketched out the Christian worldview, and discussed how to critique a worldview. Now I want to ask an important question: “So what?” Why does any of this matter? It matters because all worldviews come with practical and existential commitments.

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Worldviews: What They Are and Why They Matter
(Part 3)

So how do we get our worldview? Initially we inherit it, we are taught it by our parents, family, friends, teachers, television, etc. We acquire our worldview without consciously thinking about it. So long as it works well enough, we will see no reason to change it. This does not mean that worldviews can never change…

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The Essence of Existentialism: Existence Precedes Essence—or Does it?

Examining the existentialism of John-Paul Sartre. A familiar old sentence presents itself once again as Sartre tries to encapsulate his philosophy: “Existence precedes essence.” To set up this philosophically-stoked phrase, Sartre argues that without God and a “heaven of ideas,” we cannot ground the idea of a set human nature. This is simply because there is no God to create us according to his design plan or blueprint

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Mormon No More – with James K. Walker

How a former 4th generation Mormon became an asset for God’s kingdom. James Walker’s journey out of Mormonism to a biblical faith in Christ led through a “no-man’s land” where untangling truth from a lifetime of Mormon teaching wasn’t easy.

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Much Ado about Nothing

Jim Holt’s new book Why Does the World Exist? begins with the prologue, “Suppose there were nothing. Then there would be no laws; for laws, after all, are something. If there were no laws, then everything would be permitted. If everything were permitted, then nothing would be forbidden. So if there were nothing, nothing would be forbidden. Thus nothing is self-forbidding. Therefore, there must be something. QED.” I will focus on this brief statement…

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Alvin Plantinga was recently interviewed for an article that appeared in the New York Times on the question, “Is Atheism Irrational?” The following is some material by Copan to make the point in defending the plausibility of belief in God.

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To Go or Not to Go (to the movies) — David Calhoun

When it comes to Hollywood movies that falter on biblical themes, is that really the question? With the recent box office openings of Noah, God’s Not Dead, and The Son of God, Christians should feel gratified. Right? But a quick check of the social media chatter shows the movies have generated some angst among the faithful.