|Friedrich Nietzche (1844-1900)|
My good friend Dr. Rich Holland has started a new blog entitled “Befriending Wisdom.” Rich and I were students together on the anvil that was the PhD program at Southeastern. Rich also has just recently seen his dissertation published with Wipf & Stock. He looks at the relationship between God and time, and says that any true understanding of God must take the Incarnation of Christ into account. For that reason, notions of God that envision Him being totally outside of time are not consistent with one of the key doctrines of Christianity.
Rich has posted his first writing, in which he lays out a nice definition for philosophy. Most people think they know what philosophy is–they know it’s boring, irrelevant, esoteric, complicated, ever-changing, and mainly weird and arrogant people get into it (someone like the fellow pictured here). Rich corrects this flawed thinking, and provides a very simple way to understand what it is. He writes,
One of the strange ironies of the human condition is that the average person expresses a fair amount of disdain for philosophy.
Perhaps the disdain comes from a misunderstanding of what exactly philosophy is. At the beginning of each semester, I ask my students to describe what they know about philosophy. Their answers are telling. Philosophy is: confusing, vague, irrelevant to life, abstract, etherial. You get images of the hermit sitting cross-legged on some lofty peak, eyes shut, contemplating inner peace; or perhaps some stuffed-shirt, German-speaking academic waxing lyrical about some esoteric theory that has no bearing on life as most of us know it. Happily, philosophy is none of these things.
You will enjoy Rich’s blog as he posts thoughtful and helpful writings on issues of concern in contemporary times.
See his blog here and on my blog list on the side panel.
Here is a link to his new book.