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by Nikolai
Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:58 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The search for pleasure is the search for god
Replies: 28
Views: 5577

The search for pleasure is the search for god

The search for pleasure is the search for God, and the taste of pleasure is the taste of God. Some pleasures are brief and related to specific situations – we call these ‘pleasures’. Some pleasures last long and are felt in many different situations – we call this ‘God’ Normal life is a long, labori...
by Nikolai
Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:20 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: original religion
Replies: 11
Views: 3205

Re: original religion

I think you'll find me a useful sounding board -fire away!!

Nikolai
by Nikolai
Tue Nov 06, 2012 7:18 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: On the secularization of the theological concept
Replies: 37
Views: 10117

Re: On the secularization of the theological concept

Hi Arvind, Firstly, trying to understand secularization from the standpoint of individual psychology (why did Augustine do this, whereas Voltaire did that) is futile. I agree, and I haven't been considering Augustine and Voltaire as individuals at all but rather as figureheads for their periods. Som...
by Nikolai
Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: On the secularization of the theological concept
Replies: 37
Views: 10117

Re: On the secularization of the theological concept

Your thesis only works if you assume two things: 1) That Augustine was able to shrug off pre-existing secular ideas 2) That the enlightenment thinkers thought they could shrug off Christianity but in fact couldn't. I've asked you twice now but you have been unable to justify these two assumptions. Y...
by Nikolai
Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:17 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: On the secularization of the theological concept
Replies: 37
Views: 10117

Re: On the secularization of the theological concept

Hi the doc, I would agree with this in that in most cultures only a few of the members who are most aware of religious concepts would give much, if any, thought to dualism. Arvind was critical of duality as an explanation and for good reason. It is a fairly noticeable difference between east and wes...
by Nikolai
Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:54 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: On the secularization of the theological concept
Replies: 37
Views: 10117

Re: On the secularization of the theological concept

Arvind, You didn't really address my main query but rather restated it. I'll demonstrate the inconsistency as it appears in your latest post. On the one hand you say: St. Augustine and he completely reinterpreted and transformed the concept into the modern notion of free will, which had almost nothi...
by Nikolai
Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:14 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: On the secularization of the theological concept
Replies: 37
Views: 10117

Re: On the secularization of the theological concept

Hi Arvind - thanks for your reply I agree with much of what you say and the more I read the book the more I realise its importance, but it perhaps doesn't go far enough... My chief queries are related to the following quotes: Thus, by becoming parasitic on pagan ideas and distorting them, Christian ...
by Nikolai
Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:07 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: straw dogs by john gray
Replies: 27
Views: 9901

Re: straw dogs by john gray

Thanks for that really interesting reply Arvind. I find what you are writing and the book really intersting so I've started a new thread here if you want to carry on

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Best wishes, Nikolai
by Nikolai
Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: On the secularization of the theological concept
Replies: 37
Views: 10117

On the secularization of the theological concept

The kind of questions that Europe/West asks about human beings (especially in fields like psychology and philosophy) don't make sense to anyone who is not born within the framework of semitic religion (Christian, Muslim, or Jewish cultural background). All its claims about human beings, that human ...
by Nikolai
Sun Oct 28, 2012 6:37 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: straw dogs by john gray
Replies: 27
Views: 9901

Re: straw dogs by john gray

I read the Introduction on the pdf. I'm not sure I would find the book very interesting. My own view is that all the world religions are alike, in that they are different ways of expressing a truth which in itself is indescribable. I also consider all philosophy, science and art as attempts at the s...
by Nikolai
Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:12 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: straw dogs by john gray
Replies: 27
Views: 9901

Re: straw dogs by john gray

John Gray isn't an economist, he's a philosopher. You should read the book, it's probably the most powerful work of 'popular' philosophy ever published. I can't think of anything else that manages to be aimed at the everyday reader and yet be utterly provocative. Like it or loathe it, I'm not sure t...
by Nikolai
Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:46 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: jung - any thoughts on jung
Replies: 15
Views: 9236

Re: jung - any thoughts on jung

Jung was one of those fascinating thinkers who was both a scientist and a truly original spiritual thinker and able philosopher. He really was a rarity. His problem though was that he didn't quite fit into any camp in particular and so has been ignored. I think he must appeal to that philosopher who...
by Nikolai
Sat Jun 02, 2012 6:31 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: straw dogs by john gray
Replies: 27
Views: 9901

Re: straw dogs by john gray

RickLewis wrote:Well done on getting to the end. I flaked out at the end of chapter 2, I think.
Oh dear. Are you sure you're fit to edit this magazine?
by Nikolai
Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:01 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: In the Beginning...
Replies: 67
Views: 18650

Re: In the Beginning...

Hi nameless, "The understanding of other Perspectives furthers our acquaintance with Reality!" I am hearing a perfect example of The First Law of Soul Dynamics; "For every Perspective, there is an equal and opposite Perspective!" The coin is both Heads and Tails. The thing I find most painful about ...
by Nikolai
Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:30 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: In the Beginning...
Replies: 67
Views: 18650

Re: In the Beginning...

Hi Arising, I disagree, a thought is a 'perception' without the source and its due to memory. Yes, and so do 99.9% of people. You don't need to tell me about what you think thought is. I know what the common sense view is. And I'm not saying it's wrong, I'm just saying that there is another equally ...