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Kurt Gödel

Kurt Gödel (1906-1978) was a mathematician and philosopher born in Brünn, Austria-Hungary (currently Brno, Czech Republic). Gödel’s “Undecidability Theorem” demonstrated that at some point a mathematical system based on axioms and operational rules becomes self-referential. This means that the mathematical … Continue reading


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Panenhenism – A WW-II spy comes up big in religious studies

Panenhenism is a religious studies term coined by the WW-II British undercover agent cum Oxford scholar R. C. Zaehner (1913-1974).¹ A minor point for many, perhaps, but panenhenism differs from the more popular pantheism. Panenhenism refers to the belief that the … Continue reading


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Quiddity – What is?

Embed from Getty Images Quiddity (Latin: quidditas = whatness) is a medieval scholastic term referring a thing’s essence (primary substance) in contrast to its observable form (secondary substance). This kind of distinction goes back to Plato and plays an important … 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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Rona and other myths undercut our cosmological arrogance

Embed from Getty Images In Oceanic mythology Rona is a fierce female cannibal who eats her beautiful daughter’s lover.¹ Another Oceanic myth tells of a male god, Rona, who fights the moon to rescue his abducted wife.² According to this story, … Continue reading


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Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975) – Great unifier or opinionated reductionist?

Embed from Getty Images Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975) was an Indian scholar of religion and philosophy who taught at the University of Calcutta and Oxford. He became the first Vice President (1952) and the second President of India (1962). More interesting … Continue reading


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The Rosary – Aid or distraction?

Embed from Getty Images The word rosary refers to any planned prayer recited on a string of beads. Rosaries in this sense have been prayed all over the world in different religious traditions for centuries. Before the introduction of beads, … Continue reading