Category Archives: love

On Free Will

My last post generated some very interesting points, questions, and observations from the comment section.  The purpose of that post was not to prove or give a detailed argument for the free-will or libertarian perspective.  Rather, it was to point … Continue reading

Posted in David B. Hart, determinism, eternity, free-will, hell, love | 39 Comments

Is the Universe a Causally Closed System-and What About our Brains?

Well, we finally get to it.  All this time, this is what Bernard has really been arguing.    All the convolutions, contortions, circling, and looping could have been prevented if only at the very first, it would have been asserted: The … Continue reading

Posted in Alvin Plantinga, Causal Closure, epistemology, Evolution, love, Natural Selection, naturalism, physics, spirit | 284 Comments

How do we Know what we Know, Part Two

For background to the following, see here, here, and here especially the comment sections.  This post is a continuation of that conversation. What I am about to describe, I think, is the experience of the vast majority of people in … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, epistemology, love, Narrative, spirit | 183 Comments

How Do We Know What We Know?

Most “normal” people, people who have actual lives, have probably tuned out at this point if they’ve been following at all the comment thread in my last post about love and mystery.  The saga continues here.  I’m sure from the … Continue reading

Posted in epistemology, love, mystery, naturalism, spirit | 132 Comments

Love’s Mysterious Difference: God is love (I John 4:7)

This post is a follow-up to this one and the comment section.  It may be we can come at this issue of mystery and love from a different angle.  Since focusing on the word “mystery” did not get us very … Continue reading

Posted in Consciousness, love, mystery, mystical | 192 Comments

Love, Pumpkins, Mystery, and the Unknowable

This post is in reference to this post and this one, and the comment thread to each.  Each gives the background to what I hope to discuss here.  I give these references for context.  Anyone can read each and see … Continue reading

Posted in Bernard, certainty, fundamentalism, love, mystery, naturalism | 192 Comments

"Approved by Love"

I take literally the statement in the Gospel of John that God loves the world. I believe that the world was created and approved by love, that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that, insofar as it is … Continue reading

Posted in Creation, love

Tolerance: The Cheap Way

Debra Dean Murphy is one of my favorite bloggers. Here, she takes up the issue of the church in Florida that is about to embark on one of the more stupid and hateful events in recent memory. But she goes … Continue reading

Posted in Debra Dean Murphy, Islam, love, tolerance | 2 Comments

Faith, Hope, Love

Hans Urs von Balthasar offers these wonderful descriptions of hope and faith in his A Theology of History: “In its perfection, hope is simply the readiness of love to say yes to everything, to be available for everything, always open … Continue reading

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