Tag Philosophy

Fridays with Fred: Friendship

Over the years at Rekindle I have written about friendship, particularly: (i) Christian friendship; (ii) obstacles to friendship; and (iii) the supposed dangers of mixed-sex friendships. Therefore, I was delighted...

Fridays with Fred: Love and Marriage

Feelings fluctuate. It never ceases to amaze me how effortlessly my wife and I can shift from amorous doting to aggressive defamation. We are emotional beings—for better or for worse....

Fridays with Fred: How Habits Shape Us

If you have spent any time with Christians or attending church then chances are you have heard about ‘hypocrisy’—perhaps you have even been called a ‘hypocrite.’ This emphasis, however, is...

Fridays with Fred: Sacrifice and Significance

Nietzsche writes in Aphorisms on Love and Hate, “A valiant army convinces us about the cause for which it is fighting.” He uses this analogy to develop his idea that...

Fridays with Fred: Existentialism and Entertainment

“One hears a lot of talk about men, but none at all about man.” So wrote Friedrich Nietzsche in his Aphorisms on Love and Hate. To the skim reader, you...

Doodle: “It Doesn't Matter What You Believe as Long as You're Sincere”

Our world loves to trade in platitudes when it comes to questions about truth, morality, and tolerance. For example the statement, “exclusivity is intolerant” sounds gracious and diplomatic, understanding and...

Doodle: Euthyphro and the Freedom of God

“Does omnipotence mean that God can do literally anything? No, that is not the meaning. There are many things God cannot do. He cannot do what is self-contradictory or nonsensical,...

Doodle: Hellenism, Ethics, and Old Testament Eschatology

Max Bemis, of the band Say Anything, sings: “God and death are none of my concerns / I’m no philosopher”. And these words have often struck an uneasy chord with...

Doodle: “Isn't Exclusivity Intolerant?”

Few Christian doctrines are more vehemently scorned than exclusivity. Not only does it presuppose that large swathes of people are, and have been, very wrong about who God is, but...

Descartes' Foundationalism: Presuppositions & Christianity

Unlike the arguments for God that Aquinas bandied, which were a posteriori, relying upon inspection of the world, Anselm’s ontological argument is classed as an a priori argument. Studying Descartes...

Jenson on Hegel: Philosophical and Trinitarian Principles for Relationships

Earlier this year, for my systematics course, we discussed the modern issues surrounding Trinitarian theology I got to work on as essay dealing specifically with the difficulties regarding our doctrine...