Monthly Archives: July 2012

“The Soul,” University of Oxford 28 June – 1 July 2013

Ever since Descartes, the soul understood as immediate mental consciousness has tended to stand as a last bastion securing religious belief against naturalistic reduction. But today that bastion is under assault from the ‘new atheists’. However, the bastion is proving very hard to storm, with increasing numbers of even atheist thinkers denying that its capture […]

On Douthat & Butler Bass

Since the General Convention of the Episcopal Church this summer there’s been a war of words of sorts brewing on various blogs and even among more traditional media outfits. On one side, there are those who see the progressive nature of recent changes in the “mainline” churches as a woeful departure, if not outright disaster, […]

CFP: Proclus Diadochus of Constantinople and his Abrahamic Interpreters

Wednesday, December 12 – Sunday, December 16 Fatih University and Yildiz University Ä°stanbul, Turkey In commemoration of the 1600th anniversary of the birth in Constantinople of Proclus, fourth last head of the Platonic Academy, we invite scholars to present papers both on Proclus’ own thought and his reception in the Abrahamic traditions. Prof. Carlos Steel […]

The $ Cost of War

On ‘Why young people are becoming secular’ by Rui Dai (HuffPost)

I don’t ascribe to many of mainstream Christianity’s doctrines and beliefs, such as taking the Bible at its word or believing that Christianity is the only true religion. – Rui Dai, “Why Young People are Becoming Secular” While these are (sadly) very popular positions they are hardly in the “mainstream” of historic (or even modern) […]