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Revelation and revealed knowledge – Can we separate the wheat from the chaff?

That was a revelation! When we hear someone say this in daily life, we usually take it to mean that they are inspired, see an issue in a new light or learn something that deepens their understanding. Revelation has become … Continue reading


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Reason, Revelation, Inspiration and Illumination – A Matter of Character or Degree?

Embed from Getty Images In both philosophy and theology a distinction is often made between knowledge obtained through reason and knowledge obtained through revelation Many learned and pious discussions follow from this way of looking at things. But I believe … Continue reading


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The Ontological Argument – Does the Greatest Imaginable Being Exist?

Ontology is a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of being. Questions posed by ontology include what kind of entities exist and how they might relate or be hierarchically structured. What we call the ontological argument sounds rather daunting. … Continue reading


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The Quakers, past and present

The Quakers (a.k.a. The Religious Society of Friends) are a religious movement founded in England by George Fox (1624-1691). Wikipedia outlines the interesting origins of the appellation, Quakers. In 1650, Fox was brought before the magistrates Gervase Bennet and Nathaniel Barton, on a charge … Continue reading


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Rishis – Holy persons or good singers with too much time on their hands?

In Hinduism rishis are primal seers or sages mentioned in the Vedas. The rishis belonged to an elite class of male and female holy persons said to have received the Vedas through revelation. They “heard” and then passed on the sacred Vedas … Continue reading


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James Randi – Skeptic, debunker of the paranormal

James Randi (1928-) is a Toronto born American citizen known for his skepticism and enthusiastic debunking of paranormal truth claims. In the past, Randi has demanded scientific evidence of paranormal abilities using science as he defines it. This was evident in … Continue reading


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The Old Testament – Timeless wisdom or old, outdated operating system?

The Old Testament is a Christian name for the books of the Hebrew Bible. This is a problematic term because Jewish people could easily find it disrespectful of their holy scripture. The designation comes from a Christian perspective with the … Continue reading


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Original Sin – A powerful Western myth?

According to Christian doctrine, original sin is a state of alienation from God. It is present at birth and collectively inherited from the first sin of the biblical Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:4-3:24). In the Genesis account, Adam and Eve … Continue reading


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Pali – Language of the ancient Buddhists

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, presenting the Presidential Award to the Scholars of Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian & Pali/Prakrit & Mahrshi Badrayan Vyas Samman for the year 2014 at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Pali is an ancient language derived from Sanskrit, used … Continue reading