Being vs. acting good — is there a difference?

One of the things I like most about fiction is the way it presents ethical issues in helpful and novel (har har) ways. Every fictional story presents some kind of ethical conflict and its resolution, highlighting different kinds of people, different ways of thinking, different ways of relating to others, etc. Really, when we read … Continue reading Being vs. acting good — is there a difference?

OHPT: Theology and Mystery (Chapter 4)

Chapter 4 is "Theology and Mystery" by William J. Wainwright. Wainwright is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Philosophy with University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. His research focused on the philosophy of religion and theology in the 17th and 18th centuries. He definitely has "philosophy of religion" credentials, as evidenced by the books he has authored. I was … Continue reading OHPT: Theology and Mystery (Chapter 4)

Your Brain on Philanthropy: Availability Heuristic

Isn't "heuristic" such an intellectual-sounding word?! I feel erudite. I also love the way it sounds, considering what it means. A heuristic is a way of approaching a question or problem that values the practical and easy over the accurate. Basically, it's our brain jumping to conclusions, rather than taking a beat and doing the … Continue reading Your Brain on Philanthropy: Availability Heuristic

OHPT: Revelation and Inspiration (Chapter 2)

"Revelation and Inspiration" by Stephen T. Davis Dr. Davis is Emeritus Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy in the Religious Studies department at Claremont McKenna College. His expertise is in Analytic Theology, Christian Thought, Metaphysics, and Philosophy of Religion. In this article, Dr. Davis examines what Christians mean, and what they can mean, by the … Continue reading OHPT: Revelation and Inspiration (Chapter 2)