God, the Stranger

God, the Stranger

Matthew 25:44 asks, “Lord…when did we see you a stranger?”  I was a 19-year-old undergraduate student when I first glimpsed the meaning of transcendence. I was a lonely, struggling fundamentalist from a trailer park studying philosophy at Dallas Baptist University...
Echoes of Enlightenment on an Ordinary Day

Echoes of Enlightenment on an Ordinary Day

Immanuel Kant was one of the influential voices in what we now call the “Enlightenment.” In that period, mostly during the 18th century, the confluence of scientific discovery and philosophical inquiry ushered in what we now consider to be the modern age. Kant was...
Why It Matters if Ethics are Agenda- or Need-Based

Why It Matters if Ethics are Agenda- or Need-Based

Can you explain the distinction between a philosophy and an ideology? A political science professor 50 years ago helped me clarify my thinking around these terms. He suggested that a philosophy is an open-ended search for, and refinement of, an understanding of truth...