Monthly Archives: October 2014

Parables: the Joys of Being Carried

Carry Me or I Will Carry You Much more magical than any book in the Christian or Jewish Bible, the book of Parables in The Good Book: A Humanist Bible reads at times like the Humanist 1,001 Nights … stories within … Continue reading

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Two Kinds of Philosophers

There are two kinds of philosophers. One is a person who seeks his own answers to philosophical questions. The other is someone who is an expert on the history of philosophy but does not necessarily construct his own philosophy. Jostein … Continue reading

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A Review of Sophie’s World

Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy (FSG Classics) is a history of philosophy written in the format of a mystery novel by Jostein Gaarder. It had been recommended to me many years ago. The novel concerns a … Continue reading

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The Third Way to Look at the Epicurean Gods

There are two traditional interpretations on the Epicurean Gods: the realist interpretation says that gods are natural beings whose bodies are made of atoms. The word used in ancient writings is zoa, which translates as (higher) animals. The idealist interpretation … Continue reading

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Concord: a Book on Friendship

Friendship as Virtuous Communion The book of Concord within The Good Book: A Humanist Bible> contains a wisdom tradition related to friendship, which is at first defined as something that can only exist among good people. This is reiterated when … Continue reading

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Man is What He Makes of What Life Gives Him

Volition consists of a series of continuous, undiscouraged, unceasing determinations and acts revolving around a desire, until it becomes dynamic enough to produce the much-craved result. “Will and act until victory” is the slogan of all volitive activity. – Paramahansa … Continue reading

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Among other things, majorities of Muslims – varying somewhat according to region – favor putting to death apostates and adulterers, condemn homosexuality, abortion, and euthanasia as immoral, and believe that “a wife must obey her husband.”  Large minorities condone “honor … Continue reading

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