Why You Were Not a Christian

Bertrand Russell (1872–1970) was a British philosopher, logician, essayist and social critic. He did extensive work in mathematical logic and analytic philosophy, writing his monumental work Principia Mathematica with Alfred North Whitehead..

He has variously been described as “brilliant”, “crotchety” and “opinionated” His colourful life was marked by a string of controversies which included his dismissals from both Trinity College, Cambridge, and City College, New York. In 1949, he was awarded the Order of Merit; and in 1950, the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was actively involved in anti-nuclear protests, and famously protested against the Vietnam War. He died at the age of 97.

This blog attempts to give a critique of his essay, Why I Am Not a Christian which comprises a lecture which Russell delivered at Battersea Town Hall to the National Secular Society in London on March 6, 1927.

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The Cost of a Backward Look!

In the Men’s 100m Semi-Finals at the World Championship in Doha 2019, Yohan Blake of Jamaica executed a text-book takeoff from the starting block. He was half a meter ahead of Gatlin of the USA. He could well have come out the winner, but for a look he took at Gatlin. And while he was distracted, Andre De Grasse of Canada, who kept his eyes on the finishing line, bagged the sprint!

As Jenny Meadows, the British athlete rightly said, “He is looking at Gatlin, completely forgetting about De Grasse. You can’t do this. These are professional athletes. You go all the way to the line.” Blake’s look slowed him down just a split second. Someone said “He jogged at the end!”

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Camus’ Plague and Covid-19

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Living in our generation as we do, there has been a virtual absence of any preoccupation with death. Unlike the spirit of generations past, death seems a vague reality. It may be that in our subconsciousness, we imagine we will live forever. Along with the great leaps of advances made through science and technology has come this sense of invincibility.

Then came Covid-19.

And, for now at least, death looms a little larger, a little more real. Reluctantly, we have had to stare our mortality in the face, and we clutch at whatever straw that might help make sense of that great inevitability. Continue reading

A Second Look at the Popularity of Thích Nhất Hạnh Among Westerners

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Thích Nhất Hạnh, age 94, is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk. Having spent most of his later life residing in the Plum Village Monastery in southwest France, he returned to Vietnam to live out his remaining days. Nhất Hạnh, who speaks French fluently, often lectures in that language.  In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who called Nhất Hạnh “An Apostle of peace and nonviolence” nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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In this short blog, I will state, as succinctly as I can, Nhất Hạnh’s non-dualistic position on the individual self and offer a critique of that view. Continue reading

Is the Leviathan in Job Satan?

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Traditionally, bible scholars have given Behemoth and Leviathan a naturalistic interpretation.

Behemoth has been variously identified as rhinoceros, water buffalo, elephant or most commonly, the hippopotamus. The Leviathan in turn has been thought to be a mythical sea monster, a marine dinosaur, the dolphin, the whale or the crocodile.

Granted some variations, most interpreters take Behemoth to depict the hippopotamus and Leviathan, the crocodile. This position is adopted without examination or analysis and it is generally assumed rather than cogently contended for. Continue reading

Miroslav Volf – on Holy Retribution

Miroslav Volf

“One could object that it is not worthy of God to wield the sword. Is God not love, long-suffering and all-powerful love? A counter-question could go something like this: Is it not a bit too arrogant to presume that our contemporary sensibilities about what is compatible with God’s love are so much healthier than those of the people of God throughout the whole history of Judaism and Christianity? Continue reading