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Between Athens and Jerusalem: Nietzsche for Adventists


With a work entitled The Anti-Christ and declarations like “God is dead” the thought of Frederich Nietzsche seems obviously inimical to Christian faith.

Between Jerusalem and Athens: Kierkegaard for Adventists


“God told me to do it.” In an age of terrorism and clerical scandal, such a claim sounds especially dangerous.

Between Athens and Jerusalem: Hobbes for Adventists


Recently, I had my class read sections from Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan and was surprised by the response.

Between Athens and Jerusalem: Kant for Adventists


I had to deny knowledge to make room for faith (1).

Between Athens and Jerusalem: Hume for Adventists

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Hume closes his An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by laying out the implications of his views:

Summer Reading Group: Deep Worship

This is the fifth post in a nine-part series for the Spectrum/re-church Summer Reading Group. The nine posts will be drawn from chapters of Deep Church, by Jim Belcher. You can find the reading schedule here.

Chapter 7

More recently, I’ve had the growing feeling that something is missing from my worship experience, at least on a consistent basis; perhaps you’ve felt it, too. Reading this chapter helped me identify what it might be—a sense rootedness and a sense of transcendence.

Between Athens and Jerusalem: Locke for Adventists


Needless to say, John Locke’s political philosophy has been tremendously influential, especially in the United States. In this post, however, I want to focus on Locke’s epistemological views, i.e., his empiricism and his distinction between primary and secondary qualities. An examination of his views on these matters introduces us to interesting questions on the nature of human knowledge and perception, and beyond this, I believe, fruitful questions about the nature of our religious perceptions.

Between Athens and Jerusalem: Descartes for Adventists

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Descartes’ thought is often taken to be the starting point of modern philosophy. In this post, we’ll revisit some of the themes of his ideas.

The Sound of Silence


Spiritual disciplines such as scripture reading and prayer are familiar to most Christians. However, but the disciplines of silence and solitude are not. Living in a media-saturated, technologically inter-connected world, the idea of self-imposed silence and solitude is foreign and uncomfortable to most of us.

Between Athens and Jerusalem: More Aquinas for Adventists

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Lest this monthly foray into philosophy seem a bit too “Western”, we start this month’s post on Aquinas with words from the Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi

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