DELIVER US FROM EVIL
Being • Eschatology • God • Prayer • Time
These are the final 4 words of the Lord’s Prayer (Mt. Read more
SEVEN WORDS
Anaximander • Being • Culture • God • Time
Being Good Beauty            Truth             Justice Love Presence Every important branch of philosophy or theology focuses on one or more of these seven words and/or on t... Read more
PROCESS THEOLOGY
Being • Existentialism • God • Time • Trinity • Whitehead
The British philosopher and mathematician, Alfred North Whitehead, is generally considered the ‘father of process philosophy’. Read more
WHY WE HAVE NO CLUE
Being • Culture
A 5 year old grandson of mine explained the difference between immortality and eternity in a way that would have made Augustine of Hippo cry. Read more
SAINT SARTRE?
Being • Culture • Existentialism • God
Jean-Paul Sartre, existentialist philosopher prolific from 1938 to 1980, is not often linked with Leo XIII, Pope of the Roman Catholic Church from 1878 to 1903. Read more
FAITH HOPE LOVE
Being • Existentialism • God • John & Paul • Time • Whitehead
“Love is patient, love is kind…It does not seek its own interests, it…rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. Read more
ANAMNESIS
Being • Culture • Pound & Joyce • Time
“Anamnesis”; it’s a mouthful…but a very important mouthful. Read more
THE ONE AND THE MANY
Being • Eschatology • God • Time • Trinity
(This essay is dedicated to Ralph Pred, mentor and friend, who taught me almost everything I know and who would probably disagree with almost everything in this essay. Thank you, Ralph. Read more
LUCRETIUS
Being • Existentialism
In approximately 60 BC, the Roman poet Lucretius wrote On the Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura). In the tradition of Parmenides' On Nature, Lucretius’ poem is an ontological epic. Read more
BEATITUDES
Being • Culture
Reading Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is a bit like going down a rabbit hole or passing through the looking glass. Nothing is as it should be; everything is turned around or upside down. Read more
MORALS OR VALUES
Being • Culture • Existentialism • God
For most of us, our first encounter with “morality” comes through our parents (or parent figures). Read more
DEUTERONOMY
Being • Existentialism
Deuteronomy, the last book of the Torah, the 5th book of the Bible, consists of 34 Chapters containing on average about 35 verses each. We will focus on just one of those verses (Deut. Read more
HOW THE WORLD WORKS
Being • Eschatology • God • Trinity • Whitehead
The world consists entirely of events. Events have elements but not parts: they are indivisible because they are self-reflective and recursive. Read more
The PROBLEM OF GOOD
Being • God • Time • Whitehead
You’re familiar with the Problem of Evil. It is an argument often advanced against the existence of God. Read more
FRACTAL
Being • Christ • Culture • Eschatology • God • Science • Trinity
Have you ever been in a fun house? If so, you probably visited the Hall of Mirrors. You enter and all around you are mirrors. Read more
WYSIWYG?
Being • Parmenides • Science • Trinity
What You See Is What You Get! Or is it? Albert Einstein famously said that the fundamental question of philosophy is whether the universe is on the whole a benevolent place. Read more
LEIBNIZ
Being • God • Whitehead
In his own words…and in mine! When several predicates are attributed to a single subject and this subject is attributed to no other, it is called an individual substance (monad). Read more
I AM
Being • God • Trinity
The Judeo-Christian tradition includes upwards of 80 books of scripture (depending on whose cannon you’re following), but I think a strong case can be made that the core theological insight, the in... Read more
DANTE & THE YELLOW SUBMARINE
Anaximander • Being • Science • Time • Whitehead • Yellow Submarine
"In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost. Ah, how hard a thing it is to tell of that wood, savage and harsh and dense... Read more
SAINT DALLAN'S CREED
Being • God • Prayer • Whitehead
Philosophy has traditionally distinguished between the essence of things and the existence of things. Read more
RIGHT AND JUST written by David Cowles
Being • Christ • Eschatology • God • Whitehead
In Roman Catholic liturgy, the Eucharistic Prayer, the central event of the Mass that incorporates the Transubstantiation of bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ (“this is my body…this... Read more
NIETZSCHE written by David Cowles
Anaximander • Being • Christ • Existentialism • Heraclitus • John & Paul • Trinity • Whitehead
“What alone can our teaching be? – That no one gives a human being his qualities: not God, not society, not his parents or ancestors, not he himself…” “The fatality of his nature cannot b... Read more
CREATION
Anaximander • Being • Genesis • God • Heraclitus • Parmenides
The world we live in seems to consist of discrete entities, i.e. objects and events with size, shape and/or duration (in other words, extension) in what we call space and time. Read more
ONTOLOGICAL DEMOCRACY
Being • Culture • Pound & Joyce
What is real…and what isn’t? It seems at times that this question defines the entire project of our lives. As very young children, we accept everything as real. Read more
FRAGMENT 8
Being • Eschatology • Parmenides • Whitehead
What is the most important single work in Western philosophical tradition? Is it Plato’s Timaeus? John’s Gospel? Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason? Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations? ... Read more
ECCLESIASTES
Being • Eschatology • Existentialism • God • Politics
“Vanity of vanities. All things are vanity. Read more
THE SECRET LIFE OF THINGS
Being • Trinity
What is a ‘thing’? According to the Nicene Creed, God is the creator of “all things, visible and invisible” and according to the Gospel of John, it is through the Logos (Christ) that “all... Read more
THE REALISTIC MANIFESTO
Being • Culture • Heraclitus • Politics • Time
It’s 1920. The glow of the Russian Revolution is everywhere and dialectical materialism is the philosophy de jour. Every aspect of life in Russian society is undergoing radical transformation. Read more
HENRY MOORE AT ST. PAUL'S
Being • Christ • Culture • Eschatology • God • Time
If you want to understand what’s special about the Christian world view, travel to London and visit St. Paul’s Cathedral. Read more
LOVE...ACTUALLY!*
Being • Existentialism • Time • Trinity
“I love you,” perhaps the most famous phrase in all of human speech. But what does it mean? I love many things: my wife and children, a fine bottle of wine, foie gras, London, to name a very few. Read more
THE THREE MODALITIES OF BEING
Anaximander • Being • Existentialism • John & Paul
I, you, he/she/it, the three persons of verbal conjugation, a staple of nearly every grammar class, be it modern (English), classical (Latin) or exotic (Klingon). Read more