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Three Kinds of Friendship

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In his treatise  On Spiritual Friendship ,  Aelred of Rievaulx, a 12th-century Cistercian abbot, insists that we need to test our beliefs about friendship with Scripture. The treatise is a series of dialogues in which three monks join Aelred to examine their ideas about friendship in . . . . Continue Reading »

Scout’s Honor

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A while back, a student in my philosophy of religion class turned in a paper which stated that, in  The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values , Sam Harris argued that morality was based on scientific discoveries about the order God had put into the world at the Creation. I . . . . Continue Reading »