Dabar [theme]

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Poison Arrows

There exists a wide spectrum of opinion with respect to the epistemological validity of faith. On one extreme is logical positivism, which denies the validity of any beliefs held by faith; on the other extreme is fideism, which holds that true belief can only arise from faith, because reason and evidence cannot lead to truth. Some foundationalists, such as St. Augustine of Hippo and Alvin Plantinga, hold that all of our beliefs rest ultimately on beliefs accepted by faith. Others, such as C.S. Lewis, hold that faith is merely the virtue by which we hold to our reasoned ideas, despite moods to the contrary.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

The Poisoned Arrow

The Parable of the Poisoned Arrow

One day, a new follower of the Buddha approached him with a series of questions.

He asked, "Master, do we have a soul? And does the soul survive our death?"

The Buddha responded, "Why do you wish to know these things?"

"Because," the man replied, "without these answers what is the point of following you?"

Saturday, July 03, 2010

The Fallacy of Forgiving (Self)

"When you have finished taking all the tithes of your grain... make the following declaration before God: "I have removed all the sacred portions... I have given the appropriate portions to the Levite, the orphan and the widow..." (Deut. 26:12-13)

The passage is telling us that to properly evaluate our spiritual status, the key ingredient is to speak it out loud. "Make the following declaration before God" -- i.e. articulate verbally where we have succeeded and where we have failed.