In the wake of last weekend's catastrophic typhoon that plowed through the Philippine Islands, taking perhaps, according to one BBC report, up to 10,000 lives, one can only wonder how God, if there is one, can be considered to be good.
What should be clear is that most events in our lives are, simply, beyond our control. The one aspect that we do control -- how we choose to react to what's occurring around us -- is the decisive factor as to how we will perceive and experience our lives.
No matter what has happened to us, we each have the free will to choose how to respond. Joshua Prager chose to respond to having his neck broken in a car accident at age 19 by continuing to embrace life.
If you want your students to know Jesus, you might start by looking for things that Jesus said he cared about, like learning to love your neighbor. Because that's what happened in philosophy classes when I was at Cedarville.
As a teacher and a healer, what I have learned is that not everyone who says they want to heal and be happy really means it. In order to achieve wholeness and personal happiness, people have to be willing to let go of their loyalty to stories of "not good enough" and "didn't do it right."
If, like millions of graduates, you're leaving a university this year to enter the workforce, you'll likely be among those sticking a toe inside an office at some point. What follows is a list of four introductory tips geared at today's emerging herd of office-goers.
Research in neuroscience has revealed a startling fact that revolutionizes much of what we humans have previously taken for granted about our interactions with the world outside our heads: Our consciousness is really not in charge of our behavior.
Of course, there are Latino libertarians out there. But in general, talking Hispanics into espousing the Ron Paul agenda is only slightly easier than getting the pope to show up at the Stonewall Inn for a drink.
While it might seem "authentic" to parade around one's flawed inner world, not only is it not inappropriate to mask these character deficiencies, it is rather part and parcel of the healthy growth process of an actualized person.
In the eyes of Augustine and his intellectual heirs, the concept of "liberty" was closely intertwined with free will. It is the classic theological question: If God is omniscient and omnipotent, can human beings truly be called free?
Ignorance is part and parcel of being human, we always know less than we think we know, but it is our job as human beings to reduce ordinary ignorance, eliminate willful ignorance, and aspire to higher ignorance as much as possible.