On the accusation of being a gnostic

Twice now in recent days I have been accused by idealistic men of “education” and some standing in their religious communities of being a”gnostic”. Both are fathers. Both are professors. Both are serious to some degree. Both seemed to be reacting to something that I will continue to press on the kind of which they …

The righteous (virtuous) pagan

A category used to identify those who were never evangelized while they lived but who however lived lives that seemed unworthy of condemnation and damnation. Examples? Heraclitus, Parmenides, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Trajan, Virgil. More recently Karl Rhaner has coined the virtuous pagan as an anonymous Christian. Have you heard the gospel? This begs questions …

Feeling as information versus feeling as direction

The Stoics were right. Apatheia, or freedom from passion, is an accurate negative characterization of the ideal state. But that freedom from can be interpreted in different ways and so lead to different efforts on behalf of the student of virtue. The problematic interpretation is to understand the Stoic to be recommending no feeling. In …

On Enduring Feeling

One can see, even from an imperfect vision, that either there is only movement according to the sensible in us such as inclination or desire or there is movement according to something independent of the sensible. One can acknowledge that one is only confronted with appearance, sensation and feeling, even when searching out the one …

The analogy between indulgences and climate change government spending.

In both there is the unverifiable catastrophe in the distant (but not too distant) future. In the Catholic church there is the final judgment where ones behavior now is going to result in some pain and suffering later. In the climate change church there is no end to the catastrophes: increased natural disaster, starvation, violence…Either …