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
THE OTHER BIBLE
God • Time
It’s been called, “the greatest story ever told”, The Bible. Read more
WISDOM
Culture • Eschatology • Existentialism • God
Fifty years before the birth of Jesus, an anonymous member of the Jewish community at Alexandria wrote The Book of Wisdom. 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
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
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
MORALS AND VALUES IN JOB
Culture • God
The Old Testament Book of Job is thought to be a meditation on the so-called problem of evil: “Why do bad things happen to good people?” (Rabbi Harold Kushner) It is odd then that the book prov... 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
“IS GOD DEAD?”
Christ • God • Parmenides • Trinity • Whitehead
So read the cover of Time Magazine on April 8, 1966. Time was reporting on a handful of radical theologians who claimed to have invented “Death of God Theology” (aka Theothanatology). Read more
THEOLOGY OF ENTANGLEMENT
God • Science
What is the relationship between God and the world, between the Kingdom of Heaven and the material universe? Ultimately, this one question lies at the foundation of most of our great theological de... Read more
THE MEANING OF LIFE
Eschatology • God • Whitehead
(Toward the end of his life, A. J. Ayer, British philosopher and the father of Logical Positivism, gave a lecture on the Meaning of Life. Read more
JOB RECONSIDERED
Eschatology • Existentialism • God
Everyone knows the story of Job…or thinks he does.  A just and righteous man, Job enjoys family, wealth and respect. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, he loses everything. 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 II
Eschatology • God
An earlier essay in this collection, The Problem of Good, showed that the famous “Problem of Evil” is really just a special case (mathematicians would call it a “degenerate case”) of a much la... 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
COMPETING CREEDS
Culture • Eschatology • God
The Nicene Creed is the foundational statement of belief for most Christian churches. To the casual reader, some of its assertions may seem difficult and, well, in-credible. Read more
THEOLOGY 101
Anaximander • Eschatology • Existentialism • Genesis • God • Parmenides • Time • Trinity • Whitehead
Theology 101 is comprehensive…but not complete. Questions remain to be answered, themes need to be further developed. Read more
PSALM 146
Eschatology • Existentialism • God • Prayer • Time
The Old Testament Book of Psalms consists of 150 Psalms, divided into 5 ‘books’. The last 5 Psalms of the final book (Psalms 146 – 150) constitute the climax of the entire work. 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
PSALM 151
Eschatology • God • Prayer • Whitehead
“The Book of Psalms consists of 150 songs praising or exhorting God” - (Psalms, another essay in this collection). Read more
PSALMS
Eschatology • God • Prayer • Trinity
The Book of Psalms consists of 150 songs praising and exhorting God. 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
TWO FACED GOD
God • Time
For Roman Catholics and many other Christians, the defining statement of religious doctrine is the Nicene Creed. Adopted by the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. 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
CORINTHIANS written by David Cowles
Anaximander • Christ • Eschatology • God • John & Paul • Parmenides • Politics • Whitehead
In the Bible’s New Testament, 14 letters (or epistles) have traditionally been attributed to Paul of Tarsus, St. Paul. Read more
CHRISTMAS written by David Cowles
Christ • Eschatology • God • Whitehead
On Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, a Nazarene who Christians believe is the Christ, the Messiah foretold throughout Old Testament scripture. 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
TOPOLOGY OF THEOLOGY
Eschatology • God • Parmenides • Science • Trinity
At least since the Enlightenment, Westerners have been looking at the world in a very particular way. Read more
REVELATION
Christ • Eschatology • God • John & Paul • Parmenides • Whitehead
In its introduction to the Book of Revelation, the New American Bible (Revised Edition), currently the official translation of the Roman Catholic Church, states: “The Apocalypse, or Revelation to Jo... Read more
WHITEHEAD – THE PLAY
For Kids • God • Whitehead
(Text from Process and Reality, “God and the World”, by Alfred North Whitehead. Read more
LORD'S PRAYER
Eschatology • God • Prayer • Whitehead
Our father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Read more
ECCLESIASTES
Being • Eschatology • Existentialism • God • Politics
“Vanity of vanities. All things are vanity. Read more
GRACE
Eschatology • God • Whitehead
“We are not what we are and we are what we are not.” --- Jean Paul Sartre Our being is really a perpetual becoming. We are never static, never at rest. Read more
THE NATURE OF GOD
God • Whitehead
In an earlier essay in this collection, Atheism, we demonstrated that theism and atheism share a common history and a common intellectual orientation. Read more
ATHEISM
God • Politics
Atheism is usually defined as the belief that God does not exist. It is contrasted with theism which is generally understood to be the contrary belief that God does in fact exist. Read more
MARY POPPINS, SUFI MASTER
Culture • God
How does one come to know the mind of God? From reading a children’s story? Maybe! In 1934, P.L. Travers, an Australian, wrote one of the most famous children’s books of all time, Mary Poppins. 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
JEREMIAH
Existentialism • God • John & Paul
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, Before you were born I dedicated you, A prophet to the nations I appointed you. (Jer. 1:5) See, I place my words in your mouth (Jer. Read more
SUFFICIENT & NECESSARY?
Christ • Eschatology • God • Heraclitus • John & Paul • Whitehead
Scientists, philosophers and even theologians build models in an attempt to explain phenomena they’ve observed, whether results of laboratory tests, recurrent patterns in nature or prayer experienc... Read more
DOES "GOD" MAKE SENSE?
Anaximander • God • Time
When we examine every bit of objective evidence we have about the world we live in, we find that the dimension of time is continuous (at least down to the Planck scale). Read more
COLOSSIANS
Christ • Eschatology • God • John & Paul • Prayer
There are three fundamental doctrines that characterize the world view generally known as Christianity: Creation, Incarnation and Salvation. Read more