Unbelievable radio show host Justin Brierley stops by to discuss his recent debate between Peter Boghossian and Tim McGrew, and the ever-so-slippery concept of “faith.” Plus, Phil has more medical fun and gains sympathy for the “average” woman!
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AAAGGGHH! Skye, Christian, and Phil, Please look at Bruce Hermann’s lecture/essay called “Wounds and Beauty”, delivered at Wheaton circa 2006 at a Theology and the Arts symposium that had other speakers on the topic of theology and the arts. It sheds a LOT of light on the whole female beauty stuff. It is in a book from the symposium called “The Beauty of God: Theology and the Arts” Hermann is a painter and a prof at Gordon College.
Boghossian’s second definition “Pretending to know things you don’t know” sounds like a definition that nobody would EVER use however I have seen a movie that promotes this kind of faith. I have not read the book, but in at least the film adaptation of “Life of Pi” the moral of the story is that we should believe in God even though we know deep down that he is not real because viewing your life through that lens (by pretending to know things you don’t know) makes for a better experience. I thought the movie was fantastic and thought provoking, though I strongly disagreed with the point it is trying to make. Maybe you should check it out.
So, I left a comment a few weeks back recommending an essay that speaks to the cultural ideas of beauty and a Christian alternative. I don’t see my comment here. I thought it polite, although it did start out with an exclamation of sorts. Anyway, it didn’t make whatever cut you all have. Interestingly, I receive Pew Research forum American Trends Panel survey every month. This month, it asked if I thought comments sections on online blogs and magazines were welcoming more to men or women. I had not opinion on it at the time. Now however, hmmmm.