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Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Moral Collapse of Nation

How did it come to this? Sebastian Haffner’s Account of Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Moral Collapse of Nation In early May (May 1-3) of this year, an international group of Bonhoeffer scholars and interested graduate students will discuss the idea of Christian Humanism in Bonhoeffer’s theology and in the works of the well-known American [...]

Finding humanity in the oblivion

The latest Hollywood sci-fi film, Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise, has just arrived on dvd. While I had a passing interest to see it in the theatre, it was on my watch list because…well…it is science fiction. Strangely enough, I am also a fan of Tom Cruise.  I recently watched him in Jack Reacher, and it delivered a [...]

The Humanist Spirit of The Man Who was Thursday

the man who was thursday

G.K. Chesterton’s classic novel, The Man Who was Thursday, is a wonderful depiction of the wild uncertainties that characterize modern life. In the beginning of the story, the main character, Syme, is a “philosophical detective” who aims to undermine an anarchist plot primarily by outwitting his targeted criminals with ideas. This time, though, in order to [...]

Thomas Nagel’s Mind and Cosmos: Consciousness

Mind and Cosmos Thomas Nagel

Those who are familiar with contemporary approaches in philosophy of mind are familiar with Thomas Nagel’s article, “What is it like to be a bat?” In it, he argues that it is quite intuitive to think that bats (and other presumably conscious creatures) have their own unique, subjective experience. While the fact alone is not [...]

Why is not How: Thomas Nagel’s Mind and Cosmos

Few books written in the past year have generated as much controversy in the philosophical academy than Thomas Nagel’s Mind and Cosmos. This is unsurprising, given the book’s ambitious subtitle, “Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False.” Despite this point, however, the mere 128-page text itself is quite humble and speculative [...]

“The Love that moves the sun and the other Stars”

Readers of The Humanist Lens know that one of the main themes of Christian humanism is the idea that, as image bearers of God, human beings participate in the divine life. A quick summary of what this means is difficult to come by, but at least one of the main implications of this idea is [...]

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