Monthly Archives: March 2017

Some realities are not perceived by deductive reasoning

For the past couple of centuries, the Western World has tended to judge reality by what can be proved scientifically. Yet increasingly we have come to see that there are all sorts of realities that are not perceived by deductive … Continue reading

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Blinded by the confines of their own intellects

The Russian novelist Dostoevsky once said: ‘He who desires to see the living God face to face should not seek him in the empty firmament of his mind, but in love.’ The great mistake of the current crop of fundamentalist … Continue reading

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A lamp to my feet

Back in the dark days of the Cold War, Anatoli Shcharansky said goodbye to his wife as she left Russia for Israel. His parting words were: ‘I’ll see you soon in Jerusalem.’ But soon after he was detained and sent … Continue reading

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The real test of someone’s philosophy

Just before before he died, the atheist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre resisted feelings of despair by saying to himself: ‘I know I shall die in hope.’ Then in profound sadness, he would add: ‘But hope needs a foundation.’ His words remind … Continue reading

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Conforming to the mask

Fredrick Beuchner wrote a story called ‘The Happy Hypocrite,’ about a man born with a facial deformity. He grew up alone and lonely. When reaching adulthood, he decided to move from his town to begin a new life. On his … Continue reading

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Forgiveness and new starts

It’s hard to imagine anything more tragic than the death of nine-year-old Josiah Sisson, run down by a drunk driver on Christmas day, while out enjoying the Christmas lights with his family. And it’s hard to imagine anything more amazing … Continue reading

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What do we gain by praying?

There are some things in life that we just do automatically, even though we later wonder why on earth we do them. One of them is praying. Even in this very secular and materialistic age most people still say they … Continue reading

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