Philosophy

There is a famous (among philosphers) passage in Plato where there is a particularly good illustration of the kind of struggles we often fight with ourselves–the same kind we read about in the New Testament in passages like “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” and St. Paul’s description of his internal struggles […]

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Will we have free will in heaven? If so, does that mean we might sin and fall again? If not, what kind of free will would we have there? And if God can harmonize our free will and sinlessness in heaven, why doesn’t he do so in this life? Here are some thoughts . . […]

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The most perplexing problem in apologetics is the problem of evil: Why would an all-good, all-powerful God allow evil to exist? There is a real mystery here, and we can only give partial answers. Here are some of mine . . .   Two Kinds of Evil We need to recognize that there is more […]

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A correspondent writes: I am presently attending a Bible study.  During our small group discussion, a question arose from someone in our group.We would like to know if it is wrong for us to read and examine other books and Bibles that are not Catholic-based to see what they have information-wise pertaining to spiritual matters.  […]

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In their new book, The Grand Design, co-authors and physicists Stephen Hawking (pictured) and Leonard Mlodinow argue that God is not necessary to explain the existence of the universe as we experience it. Why not? After all, if you look at the universe it looks suspiciously like it has been deliberately designed with us in […]

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I’ve read a number of books by Stephen Hawking (pictured) and Leonard Mlodinow, writing both together and separately. I’ve enjoyed them. They’re informative and funny, and they make clear some pretty deep concepts of physics and mathematics—without burdening you with a bunch of equations (that’s some trick). But their new book The Grand Design was […]

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A reader writes: How can it be said that God created the universe if the universe already had an existence in the Mind of God before "creation?" Isn’t the universe therefore an emanation of God? Let’s deal with the first question first. The answer is that the universe DIDN’T exist prior to its creation by […]

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The BBC is holding an Internet vote for the Greatest Philosopher. Of the options listed, I voted for Thomas Aquinas–hands down (though others including Plato, Aristotle, Renee Descartes, and Ludwig Wittgenstein were also attractive) CAST YOUR OWN VOTE. Unfortunately, they don’t tell you who is currently ahead in the voting, so I guess we’ll have […]

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