Philosophy and Religion

Transcript of a presentation at the 20th General Assembly of Confraternidad Latinoamericana Iglesia Reformada, Panama City, Panama, September 2014 by James Wanliss, PhD   Part 2 here Part 3 here Part 4 here Many nations now enjoy prosperity unprecedented in history, but many people in those nations despair and lack confidence that this prosperity can continue much longer. […]

Transcript of a presentation at the 20th General Assembly of Confraternidad Latinoamericana Iglesia Reformada, Panama City, Panama, September 2014 by James Wanliss, PhD Part 1 here Part 3 here Part 4 here One associates ice ages with snow and cold. Indeed, in the early 1970s, just after Richard Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, congress […]

Transcript of a presentation at the 20th General Assembly of Confraternidad Latinoamericana Iglesia Reformada, Panama City, Panama, September 2014 by James Wanliss, PhD Part 1 here Part 2 here Part 4 here We live in a time of great lies, when people feel free to twist the meaning of words in order to achieve political […]

Transcript of a presentation at the 20th General Assembly of Confraternidad Latinoamericana Iglesia Reformada, Panama City, Panama, September 2014 by James Wanliss, PhD Part 1 here Part 2 here Part 3 here At just shy of 100 million miles away, our solar dance partner might seem too distant for relatively small events within it to […]

In this world there is sin, suffering, and sickness. Yet every human, Christian or not, because he or she is made in God’s image, can never be at home in these maladies. There is an aching homesickness in their hearts, a God-shaped hole in their souls. Ungodly men seek to quell this gnawing pain by […]

I talked to an atheist friend; in his own words, a spiritual being, not religious. He is thinking about Christianity, but has decided it is too… limp. He was interested, but filled with so many misconceptions about Christianity. Who can blame him? The typical church today is one step away from being one with the […]

  When driving through the countryside one often meets pastoral scenes of cows patiently chewing the cud under the gay heavens, ruminating on the day’s work, probably planning placid bovine adventures. One should not bash cow communion—we can always learn something of spiritual value from the tangy smell of fresh dropped manure, just not much […]

Christians are to sing Psalms. Many of us believe that only the 150 inspired Psalms of the Bible should be sung in the worship of God. We regard the three terms “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs” (Eph 5:19, Col 3:16) as all referring to the contents of the book of Psalms. The Psalms speak much […]

At the start of every semester I am required to produce a syllabus explaining the purpose and nature of the course I teach. I have taught at five institutions – the University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand, University of Alberta, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Presbyterian College. At PC faculty are required to teach […]

Recently, The Portland Monthly ran a dialogue between renowned atheist Christopher Hitchens (author of "God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" and Marilyn  Sewell, retired minister of Portland’s First Unitarian Church. The complete interview between the renowned atheist Christopher Hitchens and Unitarian minister Marilyn Sewell First Published Dec 17, 2009 at 11:15 am Hear […]