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Philosophy and Culture Book Recommendations

There are a number of books on various topics that are quite good. These are the sort of books that it would be worth your money to actually buy. The first book is Real Essentialism. This is a book that explains the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas for the modern reader. It defends Aristotelian philosophy (basic to Aquinas’ beliefs) in the context of modern biology, chemistry and physics. Although I d...

Knowledge of Appearances

In my last post, I proved that the mind is active and seeks out relevant information. But further progress on the nature of the mind required investigating the knowledge of appearances. There is no real distinction between knowledge of appearances and theories of the world because some appearances are also theories of the world. Appearances cannot neatly be separated from our knowledge of the worl...

Falling Into Temptation

In a previous post, I explained that we cannot actually choose to do evil insofar as it is evil. Nonetheless, we can choose to do evil even though we know that it is evil. This is possible because of the nature of attention. Freely choosing what to attend to is both wise and necessary for rational though. Choice in attention can also be used for self-deception, allowing us to do what we know is ev...

God the Creator

I have previously shown that God is the first cause of all change in the world because God is one. This means something very interesting. It means that God is the creator of the entire world. I am not speaking of the past. I mean that God is the reason for the existence and change of all things in the universe right now. There are two forms of change that an thing can undergo. First, that thing ca...

God is One

So far, I have only proven that God is the simple, necessary, eternal, unchangeable first cause of one particular change in the world. But there is a first cause for every single kind of change in the world. That includes the coming into existence of everything. So there are two options: either there is one God or there and many gods. God is one and this means that he is the first cause of all cha...

God is Simple

In this series so far, I have shown that there is an eternal, necessary, unchangeable first cause of one particular change of one thing in the world. But before I can go further, I will show that God is simple. In an earlier post I mentioned that there is a difference between essence and existence. Essence is what a thing is and existence is that it exists. In God, there is no difference between t...

Religion Has Governments

I have mentioned how everyone is religious, religion must be rational and everyone should be as religious as possible. Now I will move on to discuss what these things mean for the government. There are obviously a number of views possible here. The farthest position someone could have is that government should ban all religion – that no good government would allow any religion at all. The farthest...

Atheism Needs ‘Religion’

There is an article by a feminist atheist claiming that atheism can make the world better by tearing down religious irrationality. (We should understand ‘religious’ here as meaning the belief in supernatural beings.) I won’t mention the severe bias found in the article, the numerous fallacies or the complete lack of objectivity. Instead, I will mention one problem that sometimes does not get enoug...

More Religion Please!

I previously claimed that religion is the final construct that structures someone’s life. Since this is what religion is, everyone turns out to be religious. Well, assuming you have the right final construct, you should be as religious as possible. If your religion is good, then you should apply it to every part of your life. This follows quite easily from what a final construct is. Let’s recall w...