In the previous post, I’ve narrated about two aspects (out of the five), namely the struggle for power and the dream of a better world, which I thought to be necessary in understanding who Marx personally was, that is, far beyond his celebrated writings and pronouncements. This kind of inquiry, I believe, is important because Marx was… Read More Who was Marx personally: A brief history of a mean-spirited private life (Part 2)
Concerning ourselves with the thinkers of the modern times, Karl Marx (1818-1883), arguably, had the most impact on actual or concrete revolutions towards politics and, to how we might live (at least globally). Moreover, his ideas impacted “as well [the] minds of men and women, than any other intellectual in modern times,” says the renowned… Read More Who was Marx personally: A brief history of a mean-spirited private life.
The ball is on the court of the gender debate. To be more specific, it is on the issue of gender equality. On one hand, that’s the pressure. When the word equality is being used, the issue is more likely to be controversial. But on the other hand, who can blame anyone? Especially when the same word… Read More A thought experiment on the “gender discrimination” slogan
Although it’s already past Dec. 25, yet for Christians, the essence of Christmas will continue for all seasons. I’ve written about this one (last year), as to anticipate the subsequent year (i.e., 2016), in the title of Jesus is not only “the reason for the season”. That piece focused on the all-encompassing effect of Jesus’… Read More Few reflections on the Christmas narrative
In the beginning of the twentieth century, the atheists movement got hold on a different avenue of popularity. They became to what is now called The New Atheists. Although they have no new arguments, the only difference they have from the previous skeptics was their attitude. They are far more aggressive, far more militant, and… Read More Keith Ward’s take on The New Atheism
Very often, we usually get defensive when we encounter disputes concerning religious matters. That is our usual response, especially to those whom we disagree the most. In result of having those kind of conversations, we usually hear someone pulling out the defensive one-liner: “We need to respect other religions!” But we have to admit it. For… Read More What do we mean by saying “we need to respect other religions?”
The name of Jesus is probably the most inquired name in the history of man. Type the name of “Jesus” in the Google search and you will get about 738,000,000 results, in which even Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) comes short by having only about 82,700,000 results, and Karl Marx (1818-1883) by having only about 38,900,000. In… Read More Did the Church make the man Jesus to be God?
“Follow your dreams/passions!” That phrase is always present in most, if not in every commencement exercise. You can also hear that whenever an athlete or an artist wins an award – follow your dreams/passion! But have we spent some time assessing whether that phrase is actually beneficial? Sure, it may be beneficial for someone who… Read More Why “follow your dreams/passion” may be a misleading mantra for success
Do we need to have a sufficient evidence in order to believe something to be the case? Is it irrational to believe anything on insufficient evidence? Philosopher W. K. Clifford (1845-1879) argued it to be case, and called it the ethics of belief. “It is wrong always, everywhere and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence” (Clifford… Read More It is irrational to believe anything on insufficient (or the lack) evidence?
One of the greatest thinkers in Christendom who ever lived was Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274). He was a prominent scholastic philosopher in the Medieval period, where philosophers wrote very systematically. In his treatise on the existence of God (in his work Summa Theologica), he began by pointing out the aim of the Scripture as “to teach the knowledge of God,… Read More God exists — Thomas Aquinas’ Five Ways