- Miscellany of Essays -

 

 

The Enlightenment & the Modern World View

 

            A paper exploring the world view that arose at the time of the Enlightenment period. Emphasis is placed on the influence of Newton and the popularizers of a materialistic/determinist universe.

 

 

 

The Enlightenment & The Disenchantment of Sex

 

            Building on the areas covered in the previous paper, this paper explores the way in which the world view of the Enlightenment affected people’s concept of sexuality. The essay goes on to explore how our own society has been the unconscious heirs to the Enlightenment’s approach to sexuality. The result has been a disenchanting of sexuality that can only be countered by recovering a proper philosophy of modesty.

 

 

A Testimony of Healing

 

            This is my personal testimony of how the Lord miraculously healed my children of autism and my wife of various health disorders.

 

 

Odysseus’ Emotional Labours

 

            The labours that Odysseus encountered in his voyage home from Troy have received much attention over the years. What has received less attention, however, is the emotional nature of many of these labours. I am convinced that the emotional side of Odysseus is as central to understanding his character as is his famed cleverness. In this essay I have given special attention to this dimension, with an emphasis on the important role that women play in Odysseus’ emotional journeys.

 

The Epistemology of Disconnection

 

I consider the way in which various modes of communicating effect the way we perceive the world. I then explore how inventions such as the telegraph and the photograph altered the texture of public discourse and anticipated the epistemological revolution wrought by the television. As rational thinking is replaced by impressions and context is replaced by image-based associations, mankind becomes intellectually impotent. (This essay was inspired by reading Amusing Ourselves to Death, by Neil Postman.)

 

Socrates and the Politics of Association

 

            Building on some of the conclusions from the previous essay, I consider how the power of image-based associations was a factor in the trial and condemnation of Socrates. Background information concerning the historical context of 5th century Athens is presented and interpreted, while the figure of Socrates is held up as a role model to lovers of truth throughout the ages.

 

On Body Transplants and Mind Exchanges

 

            This essay analyses Bernard Williams’ fascinating essay, ‘The Self and the Future’, in which Williams imagines a scenario where two people enter a machine that enables them to switch minds (or, if you will, exchange bodies). By then describing the same event in a slightly different way Williams is able to show how this seemingly straight forward scenario is in fact riddled with paradoxes. In my essay I have made a humble attempt to resolve the mind-riddling paradoxes left us by Williams.

 

The Answer Man

 

            To many American Christians, Bill Gothard is a respected teacher. The influence he wields in thousands of American families is truly astounding and, in my opinion, alarming. In this essay I have explained my main grounds for concern, concentrating on Gothard’s approach to life, his method of scriptural interpretation and his view of God.

 

A Song of Love

 

            Many diverse interpretations have been suggested for the Biblical book Song of Songs. In this essay I present the interpretation that I think is the correct one, drawing on the scholarship of Arthur Eedle who has rewritten the book as a play.

 

 

On Films Containing Sexual Content

 

            Building on some of the thoughts suggested in the end of the last essay, I have put forward an argument for why we should abstain from watching films that contain sexual content. While some people may think that scruples about viewing such scenes are indicative of sexual repression, I have suggested that the reverse is actually the case, namely that exposure to sexual images in films can lead one to become de-sexualised.

 

 

Fairwood Bible Institute: A Personal Testimony

 

 

            When I was twenty years old I attended Fairwood Bible Institute for one and a half years. Fairwood was a strict fundamentalist Bible college, part of a movement that called itself ‘The Kingdom.’ In this testimony I explain my struggles with the legalism and anti-intellectualism of the college and my alarming discoveries about the origins of the movement. (This essay is actually on somebody else’s website to which the above tab will link you.)

 

Geoffrey’s History: Fact or Forgery?

 

 

            Geoffrey of Monmouth was a historian who lived from 1100 – 1154. He was the author of History of the Kings of Britain, a Latin work which spans 1900 years, beginning with the founding of Britain and going right through to the period of the Saxon domination. Against the current climate of opinion which has considered Geoffrey’s work to be a forgery, I have presented compelling evidence that this work is an accurate and invaluable source of history.

 

 

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