Verbatim: Don Carson on the intolerance of ‘tolerance’

‘Tolerance’ is another word that has suffered from a changing definition in the interests of political correctness or ideology. (Think also: ‘marriage’ and ‘nothing’.) Here’s a review of Don Carson’s book The Intolerance of Tolerance at Apologetics 315. A quotation: … Continue reading

The postmodern condition: ‘Creed’ by Steve Turner

We believe in Marxfreudanddarwin. We believe everything is OK as long as you don’t hurt anyone, to the best of your definition of hurt, and to the best of your knowledge. We believe in sex before during and after marriage. … Continue reading

The end of men…and the end of women?

Are gender distinctions being redefined out of existence? Does it matter? This article summarises and comments on a much-read 2010 essay ‘The End of Men’ by Hanna Rosin that documents and celebrates the decline of gender distinctions. This issue is … Continue reading

Singerian logic

Many people admire Peter Singer’s consistent and easy to follow utilitarian ethics. Add to that his clear communication style and a commitment to helping those in need and you see why he is a very popular and public philosopher. But … Continue reading

The New Intolerance

Tolerance just ain’t what it used to be. This essay at Standpoint magazine by Melanie Phillips ranges back into western history to challenge the politically correct fundamentalist religions of our day. Here’s a taste: “Scientism, materialism, environmentalism and all the … Continue reading

DSM 5 and Breivik’s sanity

What’s normal? Without a clear understanding of what human beings are meant to be and what their purpose is, it’s very hard to work out the meaning of ‘normal’. Just think of the recent court finding that Anders Behring Breivik … Continue reading

Our neurotic fear of suffering

When avoiding suffering becomes our highest aim, is it any surprise that we start to think about eliminating sufferers? This article ponders the oddity that those who historically suffer least are most fearful of it. And some of the implications. … Continue reading

Habermas, the Pope and the post-secular society

If the name Habermas means anything to you or the idea of a post-secular society piques your interest, try this excerpt from a book, The Post-Secular in Question: Religion in Contemporary Society posted at The Immanent Frame. |Difficulty: Medium |Tag: … Continue reading

The Neo-Bourgois project and the dictatorship of relativism

AT First Things the editor comments on (US) neo-bourgois elites (NY mayor Bloomberg is the example) pressing their utilitarian and therapeutic culture. This moral diffidence is governed by political correctness: E.g. “The top 20% may have a diffident and plastic … Continue reading

The interpretive key to Batman

Are the batman movies pre-Christian? Joe Carter thinks so in this philosophical analysis of the films. | Difficulty: Medium | Subjects: Culture | Reading time: 8 min | … Continue reading