Personal Growth for…Humans

To excel in this life you need more than mere knowledge. You need wisdom and understanding. You need the skills to navigate through this crazy life. So don’t waste any time. But also you need a place to get this neat stuff without falling a sleep. Keep your eyes open, have a cup of coffee (or 3) and look around to find what you need below (or above).

 

 

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  • Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life, reflects on his own crisis of purpose in the wake of his book’s wild success. He explains his belief that God’s intention is for each of us to use our talents and influence to do good.
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“Sink the Bible to the bottom of the ocean, and still man’s obligations to God would be unchanged. He would have the same path to tread, only his lamp and guide would be gone; the same voyage to make, but his chart and compass would be overboard! “

                                      Henry Ward Beecher

 

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Perhaps the mind also, like the eye which is connected to the mind, is confused by subtle changes?

 

Or in other words, we want Christians more Christian and for non-Christians to see what following Christ is all about. But this is a huge task! Following Christ involves a whole worldview grounded on concrete reality, redemption, sin and virtue.

This ultimately means that this site is devoted to increasing the rationality and active fidelity to Christ.

Personal Development is the Goal and Mission of this Site. We want everyone to succeed in the deepest sense possible.

To accomplish this, knowledge, wisdom, virtue, and rationality are focal points. By being more faithful, hopeful, and loving, in the deepest understanding possible, every person can be more successful and noble.

But the beginning of wisdom is with reverence to the Lord. 

This is a very hard and important journey, and this site aims to aid you in your conceptual and practical undertakings to be better.

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If you visit this website regularly, you will engage your mind, improve your focus and develop better habits.

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2 Responses to Personal Growth for…Humans

  1. philosophy guy says:

    Christian Philosophy? How is it possible to have a Christian philosophy? Does not the fact that the thought is Christian, and thus dependent on Christian revelation, vitiate its philosophical character?
    This charge is typically leveled against philosophers who also hold Christian convictions in general, but especially against Thomists and others who philosophize in thetraditions of certain medieval thinkers. It is a serious charge, and one that should be handled soberly and fairly by anyone claimingthat his or her philosophy is truly rational knowledge and also truly Christian. What follows is a brief exploration the problem as it is dealt with by Etiene Gilson and others.
    Faith and Philosophy In the first chapter of The Spirit of Medieval Philosophy , Etienne Gilson addresses the question of whether a Christian philosophy ispossible. The philosophical objection to Christian Philosophy is that it is a basically incoherent, i.e. contradictory, notion. Gilson describes two groups of philosophers who subscribe to this view, the rationalists and certain neo-scholastics. Both share the view that philosophy is in essence independent of religion, and that anything that has an intrinsic or necessary relationship to religion and faith is not philosophy. While the rationalists believe that religion can have no relation to philosophy, neo-scholastics believethat philosophy can be related extrinsically to faith, as facilitating religious belief, or as corrective of philosophical errors.
    For Gilson, however, the notion of Christian philosophy requires that there be an intrinsic relationship between Christian revelation andthe philosophical knowledge which results. It is when the Christian philosophizes upon what he holds by faith that he becomes a Christian philosopher.
    This effort of truth believed to transform itselfinto truth known, is truly the life of Christian wisdom, and the body of rational truths resulting from the effort is Christian philosophy itself. Thus the content of Christian philosophy is that body of rational truths discovered, explored or simply safeguarded, thanks to the help reason receives from revelation.(p. 35)
    It is the nature of this help that concerns us, and whether the revelation enters into the philosophic process. For Gilson, faith is an inherent component in Christian philosophy.
    Unless the expression be emptied of all positive content it must be frankly admitted that nothing less than an intrinsic relation between revelation and reason will suffice to give it meaning. (Ibid.)
    The Christian philosopher asks “whether among those propositions which by faith he believes to be true, there are not a certain number which reason may know to be true” (P. 36) The discovery of what reason can know in and among what faith believes is thebirth of philosophy. When the Christian finds among the truths of his faith
    …some that are capable of becoming objects of science then he becomes a philosopher, and if it is to the Christian faith that he owes this new philosophic insight, he becomes a Christian philosopher. (Ibid.)
    The insight provided by faith, then, seems to consist in making available for rational discovery what is susceptible to philosophicalinvestigation in the content of the faith. Faith,as it were, sets the table at which Christian philosophy finds delightful fare, but the utensils Christian philosophy uses are completely rational and natural.
    Moment of Discovery and Moment of Truth The question then arises whether the relationbetween faith and philosophy which Gilson describes is truly intrinsic as Gilson claims it must be. John Wippel makes use of a distinction between two moments in the philosophic endeavor to illumine the role thatfaith may play in making a philosophy Christian. The moment of discovery occurs when the philosopher is presented, or presents to him- or herself some aspect of reality to investigate. The moment of proof comes when one has reached a demonstrative conclusion as the result of syllogistic reason. The moment of proof is strictly philosophic both in its form and content, for what it knows is open to reason, and how it knows it is by rational principles. The moment of discovery, however, is philosophic in content, albeit not systematized or tested; i.e., it is not philosophic in form.

    • Darius Styl says:

      Philosophy isn’t logic. Logic is a tool of philosophers (a subordinate discipline). All things cannot be intersubjectively demonstrated (axioms; verification principle, love, ethical bases). A better understanding of philosophy, in my opinion, is the study and pursuit of goodness, or simply wisdom. Wisdom isn’t only reasoning, but we reason FOR specific things. It seems you are using many specialized terms in different ways than I use them ‘faith’, ‘rational’, ‘philosophic’, ‘believes’, and many other things. For me, faith is a kind of reliance (so it doesn’t make sense to say ‘faith believes); rational means simply that there exists experience and grounding that are not substantially contradictory (which is the case with Christain philosophy…though there may be apparent and superficial tensions); philosophic means nothing other than the field that philosophers investigate (perhaps you want to say justified) ; etc. It seems that there is some flexibility in the various quotes used about faith (body of doctrine; source of intuition, perhaps). I would need to pin down these concepts before we talked seriously about the merits/demerits of Christian Philosophy (seeking wisdom in the context of the Christian system). Some of the things you quoted I would criticize (on some subtle terminological issues)…but to make this brief: All things cannot be proved (this should be obvious and not astounding; many of these things absolutely crucial to quality living). Reason is a tool to help us investigate the world, but we ALSO need to grasp things through our hearts, so to speak (perhaps ‘conscience’ is more agreeable). Both are necessary. Reason can do nothing without the conscience grasping objects of thought(undemonstrable in many cases). In very broad strokes, the human mind is limited, and there is no reason to confuse the limitations of the human mind with the limitations of the universe. IF God revealed things to us, some of which is beyond our perceptual/cognitive limitations, then many revelatory issues SHOULD have cognitive problems. This is what we find. This is what we would expect to find.

      Philosophy isn’t a status, everything in life is within its purview. Christian doctrine doesn’t seem to be an exception.

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