David Theroux | Saturday February 2, 2013 at 5:10 PM PDT | 36 Comments
The world-renowned philosopher Alvin C. Plantinga has recently received the prestigious Nicholas Rescher Prize for Contributions to Systematic Philosophy, awarded by the University of Pittsburgh’s Departments of Philosophy, History, and Philosophy of Science, and the Center for the History and Philosophy of Science. Plantinga is widely known for his work in the philosophy of...
Read More »
Tags: Alvin Plantinga, Anselm, Austrian School, Austrian School of Economics, Bible, C. S. Lewis, Calvin College, Christian apologetics, Christianity, Civil Society, classical liberal, Closer to Truth, collectivism, Culture, Darwinism, de-humanization, determinism, Divinity, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Free Market, God, Innovation, Jesus, Liberalism, libertarian, Liberty, materialism, modernism, Morality, Natural Law, naturalism, Nicholas Rescher, Ontological Argument, Personal Liberty, Peter Boettke, Philosophy, positivism, post-modernism, public choice, Public Choice, reductionism, relativism, Religion, scientism, theism, Thomas Nagel, Tibor Machan, Utilitarianism, Video, warrant, William Lane Craig
David Theroux | Thursday January 12, 2012 at 12:14 AM PDT | 61 Comments
We live in a secularized world of nation states in which traditional religion, especially Christianity, is unwelcome. Rooted in the “Enlightenment,” this view supports a secularized and authoritarian public square enforced by government and that progress requires forcing religion ever backward into remote corners of society. In short, America has become a secular theocracy...
Read More »
Tags: Abington Township School District v. Schempp, American History, atheism, C. S. Lewis, Censorship, Christianity, civic religion, Civil Liberties, Civil Society, classical liberal, Conservatism, Culture, Emilio Gentile, Enlightenment, John Rawls, Kathleen Sullivan, Law, Liberalism, libertarian, Liberty, modernism, Morality, Nanny State, nation state, nationalism, Nationalism, Natural Law, Peace, Personal Liberty, Philosophy, Pledge of Allegiance, political religion, Politics, Potter Stewart, Power, Privacy, Progressivism, Propaganda, Regulation, Religion, Science, secular state, secularism, separation of church and state, Socialism, Surveillance, The State, theism, War, William Brennan, William Cavanaugh
David Theroux | Saturday April 16, 2011 at 3:47 PM PDT | 7 Comments
In a very good, new article in the Times of London, “Philosophers are finding fresh meanings in truth, beauty and goodness,” philosopher John Cottingham (University of Reading) discusses the fact that the absurdities of what has dominated philosophy and the bulk of intellectual and political culture for at least two hundred years are increasingly...
Read More »
Tags: Art, beauty, C. S. Lewis, Civil Liberties, Civil Society, collectivism, Conservatism, conservatives, Culture, Economics, Education, Enlightenment, God, goodness, Integrity, invasive war, Islam, John Mackie, Judeo-Christian, Law, Liberalism, liberals, libertarians, Liberty, logical positivism, modernism, Morality, Natural Law, Personal Liberty, Philosophy, Plato, postmodernism, Power, Religion, René Descartes, Science, St. Augustine, statism, subjectivism, truth
David Theroux | Tuesday August 17, 2010 at 8:48 PM PDT | 5 Comments
Continued from Part 1: Part 3 Moral Relativism and Utilitarianism Of central importance in Lewis’s discussion of natural law is his critique of the moral relativism of utilitarianism (“the end justifies the means”) as a theory of ethics and guide to behavior. Lewis claimed that the precepts of moral ethics cannot just be innovated...
Read More »
Tags: Aldous Huxley, apologetics, Aquinas, Aristotle, Augustine, authoritarianism, Books, brave new world, C. S. Lewis, Charity, Christianity, Civil Liberties, Civil Society, Communism, Corruption, Culture, Darwinism, David Theroux, democracy, determinism, Dialectic, Economics, Education, egalitarianism, Elections, England, equality, Evolution, Family, Fascism, George Orwell, Grotius, Hitler, Hooker, Integrity, judaism, Justinian, Law, law of equal liberty, Liberty, Locke, meritocracy, modernism, Morality, Natural Law, Nazism, Nietzsche, Paganism, Peace, Personal Liberty, Philosophy, Politics, Power, Privacy, Propaganda, Pynet, Racism, Religion, Screwtape, Screwtape Letters, sin, Socialism, Space Trilogy, stoics, Surveillance, Taxation, Terrorism, That Hideous Strength, The Abolition of Man, The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment, The State, The Weight of Glory, Torture, Traditional Morality, Transparency, Utilitarianism, War, Welfare, welfare state
David Theroux | Tuesday May 18, 2010 at 7:41 AM PDT | 9 Comments
In an excellent article in the American Spectator, British philosopher and author Sir Roger Scruton discusses his superb new documentary, Why Beauty Matters, that has recently been shown on the BBC. Scruton incisively examines the importance of beauty in the arts and our lives, including fine arts, music, and architecture. In the process, he...
Read More »
Tags: Art, beauty, Birth of Venus, C. S. Lewis, Civil Society, Corruption, Culture, Cynicism, deconstructionism, dehumanization, Education, Entertainment, Liberty, materialism, Media, modernism, Morality, Natural Law, nihilism, Oscar Wilde, Philosophy, post-modernism, Propaganda, reductionism, Religion, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Roger Scruton, sacred arts, Sandro Botticelli, Utilitarianism, Video