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An Intro to Agamben

If you are like me, the idea of reading Giorgio Agamben is easier than actually reading him. He covers such a wide array of topics, from aesthetics and philosophy, technology and arts, politics and terror,  to history and theology, that I could use a little help. Thankfully Adam Kotsko is here to give it, with […]

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Mostly Dead is Partly Alive: A Future for Philosophy?

Writing for The Guardian, Raymond Tallis says that philosophy isn’t dead yet. Contrary to the claims of Stephen Hawking and even many philosophers themselves, he argues that science has a number of overwhelming inadequacies: But there could not be a worse time for philosophers to surrender the baton of metaphysical inquiry to physicists. Fundamental physics is […]

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Charles Hodge and the Limits of Philosophy

In another surprising find, Charles Hodge cautions against the over-extension of philosophy in systematic theology. The context is the debate between creationism and traducianism, both of which have representatives within Orthodox Protestantism. Still, Dr. Hodge’s warnings here are beneficial for the wider practice of theology, and they might just contradict several caricatures of the great […]

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The Platonism of Martin Luther

Martin Luther’s ubiquitous criticisms of Aristotle were once considered to be, by such interpreters as Harnack and Barth for example, a wholesale attack on the natural capacity of the intellect to discern the truth from created realities, i.e., philosophically. More recent readers of Luther, such as Lohse, Gerrish, Zachman, et alia, have recognized this criticism […]

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Francis Schaeffer’s Real Reality

Francis Schaeffer was sometimes known as a “presuppositionalist,” but the more strict presuppositionalists always denied that he fit the bill. While not sharing the same value estimation of this verdict, and depending on how one defines the terms, I have to say that I agree with them. As important as Schaeffer viewed worldviews and religious […]

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Responsum: Defining First Principles

Pastor Benjamin Miller from Long Island, NY, asks: Can you define and distinguish: (1) W.W. Bartley III’s notion of “ultimate commitment” (which he regards as voluntaristic and finally arbitrary); (1) is something that is simply chosen or asserted: “I want to believe in X, or I have various reasons to believe in X, but it really doesn’t […]

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The Inability of Parascientific Literature

Assuming that there is indeed a modern malaise, one contributing factor might be the exclusion of the felt life of the mind from the accounts of reality proposed by the oddly authoritative and deeply influential parascientific literature that has long associated itself with intellectual progress, and the exclusion of felt life from the varieties of […]

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One of these things is not like the other

Dr Koyzis discusses the intolerance of supposedly ultratolerant smorgasbord spirituality here. Well known for his kindliness, Dr Koyzis has unsurprisingly refrained from pointing out the arrogance of eclecticists’ colonializing appropriations, and has confined himself to pointing out the position’s contradictions. But Dr Koyzis, being a neo-Calvinist, seems to suggest at the end of his short […]

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Responsum: First Things, Philosophy, and Theology Proper

Dr Andrew Sandlin is a friend of our forum, and, although we disagree with him markedly on a number of important political and theological points, we do esteem his honesty, intelligence, and his positive contributions to Reformed discourse- most notably, his influential essay Toward a Catholic Calvinism, and his excellent little treatise Un-Inventing the Church. […]