Why Commandments?

By Lori F. There’s usually a very short space of time between a parent telling a child she can’t do something and the child asking “why not?” Children aren’t the only ones interested in reasons. In my own life, I’ve pondered about the “why” of various commandments, and particularly about why God gives commandments to us at all. Some people compare commandments to guardrails--structures that keep us from driving off the road into danger. That makes a certain kind of sense, but I can also imagine...
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How Can I Know What Is True? (To Those Who Doubt, Part 3 of 6)

By Michael T. How do we come to knowledge and testimony of truth? As a former philosophy major, I cannot avoid the opportunity to talk about epistemology, which focuses on how one determines: What is knowledge? How is knowledge acquired? To what extent, and through what means, is it possible for a given subject or entity to be known? In brief, epistemology tries to answer the question, “How do we know what it is we think we know?”  As you understand, this is an important question f...
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The Purpose of Life: Taking the Long View

By Geoff W. As the holiday season winds down at the end of the year, many look forward optimistically to the new year. The new year is approached with hope, aspirations and goals that require action from us.  This time of year and annual exercise always makes me think about the purpose of life. I believe that the purpose of life is not to acquire things or even knowledge, but to become something, ultimately to grow and progress to reach our fullest potential. Life is an exquisite teacher. ...
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Can Strife Help Us Grow?

By Jordan Everyone loves a good story. Including and most especially me, which is why I’m in an MFA program for screenwriting. One of the first things I’ve learned is that stories do not work without this thing called conflict. And it turns out that this is one of the hardest things to write. Why? Because it’s hard to live conflict. We are all conflict averse. For instance, I want dinner, but I don’t want to go through the effort of cooking. It would involve figuring out what to cook, then...
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Free Will and Neuroscience

By David The next installment in our series on free will, what it means, and whether it exists Because I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how parts of the brain work, I have developed an increasingly strong interest in the ethical implications of brain research. A few years ago, I discovered that there was a whole academic field, with its own society,devoted to understanding what has come to be called “neuroethics”, or the study of the ethical and societal implications of neuroscie...
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