Monthly Archives: February 2017

Knowing God — Comparing Platonists and Advaita Vedantins

I’ve written before about the interesting similarities between Platonism and the Advaita Vedanta; here’s more grist for the mill. Andrew Louth writes about the Platonist conception of “knowing the Good”: “The Form of the Good is unknowable, and so, if … Continue reading

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A Puzzle about Bodies

Say my body is that finite vantage from which I am available to the sensible world, and the sensible world to me. The puzzle is that this vantage seems not to be an extensionless point on the world’s horizon, but … Continue reading

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Why fMRI scans explain not one human behavior

A therapist once tried to explain to me why people in states of extreme anger aren’t able to reason: if you monitor the brain of someone in such a state on an fMRI scan, you’ll see the frontal cortex — … Continue reading

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The Book, in Outline

Introduction: Explain here why Berkeley ought to be thought of as a theologian who wrote (like Justin Martyr, Augustine in some works, Pascal, and Newman) principally in the “apologetic” mode. Explain also why he’s rarely so thought of today. Argue as well that … Continue reading

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Barthian Shankara

Early in his commentary (bhasya) on the Brahma Sutras of Badarayana, Shankaracarya, the greatest sage of the Advaita Vedanta, offers a theory about the Brahman-world relation, and our knowledge of it. The second of 555 sutras reads as follows: “(Brahman is that) from which … Continue reading

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The Stoicheic Backdrop of Atonement Theology

Peter Leithart (Delivered from the Elements of the World) argues that the proper backdrop for the doctrine of the atonement is the “stoicheic” structure of the fallen world. Both Jews (Gal 4:9) and Gentiles (Gal 4:3) were enslaved under the “elements … Continue reading

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Shakespearean Berkeley?

One of Berkeley’s most distinctive theses is the claim that the world that appears to us in perception and experiment constitutes a “divine language,” an address from God: “There is a certain analogy, constancy, and uniformity in the phaenomena or … Continue reading

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