Wednesday, December 26, 2007


I wrote a three-part essay culminating just before Christmas with as clear a statement of the gospel as I could manage trying to examine the most important, critical, basic questions of life and meaning.

The first part is on Emptiness and the feeling of loss and lack of direction in our lives
The second part is on the answers philosophers try to give and how we ended up with nihilism
The third part is the answer I believe fills that lack and makes sense of life.

This post is simply a way of collecting them all into one place so I can put it on the sidebar for easy retrieval and reference.


President Friedman said...


I enjoyed this essay, especially your telling of the gospel story. Particularly interesting was your detailed inclusion of Abraham's role, which often gets left out or discounted, even by many "serious" Christians. The tendancy is to jump straight from Adam and Eve's original sin to Christ's gift on the cross.

I don't think I'll ever be able to accept as true the interpretation of reality offered by Christianity (well, if it is true, I'll certainly have to acknowledge it when I die), but I am always striving to expand my understanding of it, and here you have helped me in that endeavor. Thanks.

Trying to cover all the major philosophical viewpoints in a few posts is very tough, and as you mention, anybody seriously interested in this should do a lot more studying. I can't claim to have studied each school of philosphy in detail, but I've found the following "overview" books to be helpful:

The Story Of Philosophy by Will Durant
The Grand Contraption by David Park (he looks at the history of both philosophy and religion in this one, and man's overall quest to define our universe).

Another book that is a great introduction to philosophical inquest (though not a great representative of any single given philosophy) is the classic Zen and The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig.

Anyway, thanks again for the detailed and thoughtful essay. Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

gitardood said...

I really enjoyed the tripartite series on Emptiness and Light. I too have never really heard anyone bring out the pact with Abraham in such detail let alone in this context.I will definitely use this with your kind permission, as a vehicle for sharing with some of my agnostic and atheistic friends. (one of whom is an Ayn Rand devotee).I have Schaeffer's 5 volume series called The Complete Works of Francis Scheffer". as well as a collectioin of books by C S Lewis, G K Chesterton, Malcolm MUggeridge, Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, to name some.I heartily recommend Chesterton's "The Everlasting Man" and "Orthodocy" with Lewis' "Mere Christianity" for seekers.