A Time and Season for Public Silence

June 9, 2021

By Kelly Fitzsimmons Burton, Ph. D.  “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven … A time to be silent and a time to speak….”1 Wisdom calls us to know what time it is. Is now a time to be silent or a time to speak in the public sphere? How…

The Foundation Part 2: The Athenian Constitution, Toil, and Strife

May 25, 2021

By Dr. Owen Anderson Previously we considered the foundation in the Declaration of Independence.  We saw that there are truths we hold to that form the basis for the rest of our life together.  In that document, this includes the idea that we are created by God.  This time we will compare this starting point…

Empiricism and the Church

May 11, 2021

By Greg Goodrich “When a man desires to know the truth…He can stare at the phenomena, but in the absence of imagination they will not connect themselves together in any rational way.”  – Charles Sanders Peirce Empiricism in General Charles Sanders Peirce is remembered as a major historical figure in the history of pragmatism1, but…

Why And How We Should Force Our Views On Others

April 28, 2021

Gregory Malloy In discussions on the role of religion in politics and public life it is not uncommon to hear the idea that one ought not force one’s view on another person or groups of people. In fact, this view is at the heart of many politicians’ views on controversial issues such as abortion and…

The Westminster Confession and the Use of Good and Necessary Consequences

April 13, 2021

The Westminster Confession and the Epistemic Turn Arturo Gastelum In the history of ideas, not all differences are of equal importance. Differences can be categorized within the three areas of philosophy: epistemology-how do I know?, metaphysics-what is real? and ethics-what ought I to do? Differences at the level of epistemology play a foundational role in…

Social Justice is not Socialist Justice

March 30, 2021

  Dr. Kelly Burton   All humans are born with a sense of justice. In justice, equals are to be treated equally. Human beings are equally rational animals. We are equal as human beings. Yet we are different in so many other ways. We have different gender preferences, races and ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, geographical differences,…

We Need A Foundation

March 16, 2021

      Owen Anderson is a professor of philosophy and religious studies at Arizona State University. He is the author of eight books including The Declaration of Independence and God with Cambridge University Press.     We did not get the foundation in place.  That might seem like a strange way to begin an…

Skepticism In The Postmodern Academy

March 2, 2021

Skepticism in the Postmodern Academy Greg Goodrich   Current divisions within American culture emphasize ongoing racial and political tensions. These tensions can be quite discouraging, but there is reason to hope. These tensions are merely symptoms of more basic disagreements about what is real and good.  If the knowledge sufficient to effect peace is possible…

On The Virtue Of Thinking You’re Right

February 16, 2021

On the Virtue of Thinking You’re Right Gregory Malloy   It does not seem too far of a stretch to say that the cardinal sin of our day is epistemological confidence.  To believe that one is correct in his beliefs and others are wrong is cited as the root of many evils including bigotry, intolerance,…

What Went Wrong?: An Attempt at Critically Analyzing the Intellectual Roots of the Modern Epistemic Crisis

February 2, 2021

Arturo Gastelum   It is part of our existential condition to seek to comprehend the meaning of our existence and the world around us. To determine whether our individual and collective lives are amounting to a contribution to the welfare of the world, it is important to know whether one is positively contributing to the…