Category Archives: Philosophy

NOTES on Robert F. Almeder (born 1938): Death is Not the End

Robert F. Almeder is a philosopher who believes that we do in fact survive death. In his book Death andPersonal Survival: The Evidence for Life Against Death (1992), he investigates the evidence for life after death — including such things as … Continue reading

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NOTES on Curt John Ducasse (1881-1969): The Question “Are We Immortal?” is Still Open

Curt John Ducasse (1881-1969) is a philosopher who believed that it is possible that we are immortal. In his essay, “Is Life After Death Possible?”, published in the Forester Lecture Series, Vol. 2(Berkeley: University of California Press, 1948), he doesn’t … Continue reading

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Corliss Lamont (1902-1995): I Am Mortal

The question of whether we are mortal or immortal is important because the answer can affect the way we live our life. After all, if we are afraid of death, we may be afraid to live. Also, a person who … Continue reading

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NOTES on Bertrand Russell (1872-1970): Do We Survive Death? No

Bertrand Russell has a simple answer to the question “Do we survive death?” His answer is, “No.” According to Russell, “When I die, I shall rot, and nothing of my ego will survive.” Despite the flat denial, Russell is a … Continue reading

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NOTES on C.S. Lewis: The Problem of Pain

Divine Omnipotence One person who has addressed the problem of evil in a way convincing to me is C. S. Lewis, author of the popular Narniachildren’s books. One of the things he did was to analyze the concepts “omnipotent” and … Continue reading

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John Stuart Mill (1806-1873): The Divine Attributes

John Stuart Mill was an original thinker. In fact, his father brought him up to be an original thinker, teaching him Latin and Greek at a very early age. By the time he became a teenager, Mill had learned both … Continue reading

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NOTES on John Hick (1922-2012): Evil and the God of Love

John Hick (1922-2012): Evil and the God of Love A theodicy is an attempt to justify the goodness of God despite the presence of evil in the world. John Hick is an important philosopher/theologian who has developed what we can … Continue reading

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NOTES on Rabbi Harold S. Kushner (born 1935): When Bad Things Happen to Good People

When Bad Things Happen to Good People, by Harold S. Kushner. New York: Avon Books, 1981. When Bad Things Happen to Good Peopleis a book of theology and philosophy that became a best seller. At Ohio University, philosophy professor Donald … Continue reading

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NOTES on Deuteronomic Theology of History: Suffering Viewed as Merited Punishment

God and the Bible The Bible is a collection of more than 60 literary works; many authors wrote it over a period of more than 10 centuries. Despite this, there is a unifying theme to the Bible: A personal God … Continue reading

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David Bruce (born 1954): The Problem of Evil

Let’s say you are walking along the sidewalk and suddenly you hear a scream for help from the other side of the street. You look and you see a gang of men has started raping a woman. What do you … Continue reading

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