Philosophy

Recently I wrote about the possibility of praying across time. For example, you might pray for the salvation of a person who has already died. The theory is that, since God is outside of time, he is aware of your prayer in the eternal now and can intervene at any point in history, including when […]

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In the Back to the Future movies, Doc Brown chides Marty McFly for not thinking fourth-dimensionally. He means that Marty—like most of us—is letting his options be limited too much by the here and now. Marty’s not taking into account the possibilities that open up if we’re not stuck in that one moment of time […]

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What is the nature of time? Three views have been proposed: Presentism holds that only the present is real (so the past and future are not) The growing block theory holds that the past and the present are real (but the future is not) Eternalism holds that the past, the present, and the future are […]

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The fact that we live in time and God lives in eternity leads to all kinds of questions. For example: If God is eternal and outside of time, does he create all of history all at once? Does the fact that what is true in time changes mean that God’s knowledge changes? How can God […]

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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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