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February 25, 2013

Leon Bloy once wrote, “The only real sadness, the only real failure, the only great tragedy in life, is not to become a saint.”

Why? Because to be anything less than holy is to remain unactualized.

Huh?

Let me offer an illustration: Suppose you went out and bought a flower pot containing one daffodil bulb buried in rich soil. You take the pot, put it in a closet, and for the next two weeks feed the bulb nothing but Coca-Cola.

This is a sad...

February 20, 2013

How should one respond to the old schoolboy retort, “If everything needs a cause, who caused God?” 

First, philosophers and theologians do not maintain that whatever exists needs a cause. Instead, they propose that certain things need causes, such as things that have a beginning or things that don’t have to exist.

If something came into existence at a certain point in time—that is, if it had a beginning—then there needs to be a cause, an explanation, for why it came to be. But...

February 14, 2013

Did you know that in Iceland the printing and distribution of pornography is illegal? In fact, if caught, offenders can be imprisoned for up to six months.

Well, Iceland may now become the first Western country to ban Internet pornography.

According to a recent article in The Telegraph, "The government is considering introducing Internet...

February 12, 2013

On a recent flight from Philadelphia to San Diego I had the following conversation with a woman—we’ll call her Mary—who believed that all religions were equal. I wrote down the conversation a few days later. Here it is:

All Religions Are Equal

“I suppose when it comes down to it,” Mary said, “the main thing is that people are sincere in what they believe. All religions are equal.”

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February 11, 2013

In this post we will look at how one might respond to five self-referentially incoherent things people say about truth.

Self-referential incoherence is a logical fallacy in which some claim is made that, upon being applied to itself, refutes itself.

1. “There is no such thing as objective truth.” Really? Is that statement objectively true? If so, it is objectively true that there is no objective truth.

2. “Only that which can be proven...