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Soren Kierkegaard

Hany Abu-Assad is the Palestinian Idol . . . Reluctantly

Brandon Judell | Posted 06.08.2016 | Entertainment
Brandon Judell

"Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards," noted Soren Kierkgaard, but what if you don't see much of a future for yoursel...

Fresh Insights from Kierkegaard on Technology

Greg Cootsona | Posted 04.20.2016 | Religion
Greg Cootsona

A considerable number of key thinkers are addressing the positive and negative effects of technology.

5 Reasons Joe Biden's Public Grief Was Important

Mark Liebenow | Posted 02.18.2017 | Healthy Living
Mark Liebenow

Joe Biden and grief were in the news a couple of months ago, notably his interview with Stephen Colbert and his speech to military survivors. Everything Biden said is known to those who are grieving, yet his speaking about grief is important for a number of reasons.

Poets and Lawyers: Birds of a Feather

Harold Lloyd | Posted 12.15.2016 | Arts
Harold Lloyd

Good lawyers, like good poets, wrestle with world and word. Good lawyers, like good poets, fuse theory and practice in a craft of language.

7 Existential Life Lessons in Woody Allen's Irrational Man

Skye Cleary | Posted 07.24.2016 | Entertainment
Skye Cleary

Could you murder, if it was for a good cause? Woody Allen's movie Irrational Man toys with this question, and whether murder can be justified on existential grounds.

Knausgaard or Kierkegaard?

Francis Levy | Posted 05.06.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

Knausgaard's world, as replete as it is with poetry, is lacking in reason and enlightenment. It's as explosive and unpredictable as the adolescent lust he so vividly describes.

RIP Leonard Nimoy

Jonathan Byrd | Posted 04.29.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Byrd

Spock was my favorite. As a church kid, he gave me permission to be skeptical. As a shy kid, he taught me that being aloof was a special power.

Does God Let Us Suffer?

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 03.31.2015 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Choosing to become part of Christ's story involves helping the world to overcome loneliness, suffering and hatred. Christians can easily seem hypocritical because this is such a lofty aim.

Lent and Time

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 05.07.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

The nineteenth century philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard, describes the world as a poem written by God, a poem in which the poet actually participates. ...

Art Versus Life for the Heavyweight Title of the World

Francis Levy | Posted 12.10.2013 | Books
Francis Levy

In an essay entitled "Examined Lives," (The American Scholar, Autumn 2013) the prominent biographer Phyllis Rose makes the following statement: "The m...

The Influence of Anxiety

Francis Levy | Posted 09.30.2013 | Books
Francis Levy

Harold Bloom wrote a famous book called The Anxiety of Influence. The subject was really the weight the past holds over the present. Eliot also wrote ...

John Tuturro's Master Class in The Master Builder

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 08.03.2013 | New York
Thane Rosenbaum

It's quite a feat to pull off gloomy Henrik Ibsen in hipster Brooklyn, but that's precisely what takes place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's (BAM) production of Ibsen's The Master Builder, starring one of the borough's favorite sons, the always-versatile John Turturro.

Learning to Admit Our Brokenness

Peter Rollins | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
Peter Rollins

It is in saying "amen" to the highs and lows of life that we are able to live fully in both worldly sorrow and joy, touching what Johannes de Silentio called "the sublime in the pedestrian."

Happy Birthday, Soren Kierkegaard!

S. Brent Plate | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

On May 5, 1813, Søren Kierkegaard was born in a well-off home in the northern European town of Copenhagen. The Great Dane's works have found their way woven into fiction and philosophy, especially via that of the 20th-century Existentialists like Heidegger and Sartre.

The Pure In Heart Shall See God

Eric Simpson | Posted 06.30.2011 | Religion
Eric Simpson

How do we go about having a pure heart? Jesus provides a clue. Keeping our hearts sound is key not only to seeing ourselves as we really are, but to seeing God.

Be True to You! - A Philosopher's Message for the New Year

Tom Morris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

Last week, I wrote a Foreword for a friend's new book entitled The Freak Factor. It's a great look at the incredible, outrageous, freakishly wonderful...

The Living Blues: John M. Perkins

Jon Foreman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jon Foreman

Last week, Switchfoot played a song for a hero of mine who spent his life in the pursuit of equality and freedom: the Reverend Dr. John M. Perkins.