We talk a lot about freedom.  We say that we want to be free.  We don't specify, or stipulate what we mean by freedom.  We don't describe, or define the freedom we say we want.  Some people believe that there can be optimal freedom only when...

Democracy: A Debate

R. A.: In a competitive capitalist society, people will do harm and hurt to others in the contests and conflicts which constitute capitalist markets.  There are those who win, and there are those who lose, and those who lose are ruined,...

The Road

"The road runs in both directions. That's why it stands still." -- Malcolm de Chazal (1902-1981, Mauritian writer, painter, and visionary)

Facts and Opinions

This is an answer to a comment posted by SouzaK99:   SouzaK99 wrote: Well, that's the question, isn't it. Too many times I've heard facts mixed in with a lot of opinions and unfortunately conjecture becomes fact in a great number...


"Faith is the voluntary incarceration of the mind." -- Eduard Douwes Dekker (1820 – 1887, pen name "Multatuli", from Latin    multa tuli, "I have suffered much", Dutch writer)

Democracy: A Debate

R. A.: Remember, there is not just one general principle governing democracy. Democracy is many ideas; it is a plurality of general principles.  And so, for example, majority rule is a general governing principle of democracy, but so also...


"Nothing will change until everything changes." -- Erno Paasilinna (1935 – 2000, Finnish writer and journalist)

God's Providence

"Providence is the efficacy of the divine volition in preserving, ordering and  directing things (res)." -- Bartholomäus Keckermann Dantiscanus (about 1572-1609, German Calvinist    theologian and philosopher) [Latin res = the world, the...

East and West

"Asians view the world through a wide-angle lens, whereas Westerners  have tunnel vision." -- Richard E. Nisbett, The Geography of Thought, 2003

East and West

"Asians pay more attention to the environment than Westerners." -- Richard E. Nisbett, The Geography of Thought, 2003

East and West

"Most Eastern intellectuals are already familiar to a considerable degree  with Western ways of thinking." -- Richard E. Nisbett, The Geography of Thought, 2003

The Social Origins of Mind

"Easterners and Westerners have fundamentally different ways of seeing  themselves and the social world." -- Richard E. Nisbett, The Geography of Thought, 2003

Jesus' Life and Paul's Letters

"Jesus' life is known to us only through the tradition of the Church and New Testament theology has to consider not just Jesus and Paul, but the transition from Jesus to early Jewish and Gentile Christianity and only then the work of Paul." ...

The Gospels

"We cannot change the Gospels; we must take them as they are." -- Georg Friedrich Eduard William Wrede (1859 – 1906, German Lutheran    theologian)


"The decree for saving us is predestination to an end, whereas the decree  for giving us Christ as our Head is predestination to means." -- Johannes Wollebius (1589–1629, Swiss Protestant theologian)

Riches and Wealth

"Who is rich?  He that is content.  Who is that?  Nobody." -- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American statesman and inventor)


"Wherever you be, God will bring you all back at the resurrection." -- The Koran                                                                  


"Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection not in books alone,  but in every leaf in springtime." -- Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the Protestant Reformation)

Democracy: A Debate

R. A.: I can see no reason why I cannot pick a specific example, which I wish to make use of in order to illustrate the well-known democratic principle of the separation of public from private, of what is political from what is personal. ...

The Masquerade

"When we lower the last mask, we lose our face." -- Hans Kudszus (1901-1977, German author)

Atheists and Saints

This is an answer to a comment posted by poppyblue: poppyblue wrote: what is your belief? I don't want some friggin quote,WHAT is YOUR belief   Ron Allen answers: I quoted Albert Camus precisely because he is notorious for...

Atheists and Saints

This is an answer to a comment posted by poppyblue: poppyblue wrote: How would an athiest be a saint? Saint of what, or for what? Are not saints tied to a god?   Ron Allen answers: Albert Camus, in La Peste (1947) wrote: ...

The Gospel According to Nietzsche

"It is a strange and sickly world into which the gospel leads us -- a world  apparently out of a Russian novel." -- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


This is an answer to a comment posted by poppyblue: poppyblue wrote: that would mean that athiests have no mercy? I am assuming one must believe there is a god?   Ron Allen answers: Atheists have the attribute, the quality...


"Virtue is the Beauty of the Soul." -- Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, English churchman and historian)