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The Problem of Evil and Suffering – Is there a solution?

The problem of evil is often called the rock of atheism. This describes its enduring power to cast doubt on the existence of a loving God. While we think of it as a logical problem, its force reaches far deeper than the intellect. It’s a simple matter to solve the logical problem of evil and reconcile…

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The Insidious Cult of Scientism

The power of cultural indoctrination. We can’t avoid cultural conditioning. We absorb it through psychological osmosis. From the moment of our birth, we’re immersed in social interactions which instill the cultural values and beliefs of our society. All human societies function through a set of shared values, beliefs, and practices. Culture is the conceptual infrastructure…

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The Fulfilment of Consciousness

Moving in harmony with the divine The conscious dimensions of nature are the substance of reality. The conscious self within your body is the substance of what you are, and the same principle applies to the whole of reality. The field of spacetime is a continuous fabric on which the details of the world are…

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The Silence of the Cosmos is the Sound of Freedom

The human search for meaning. Human life is an existential crisis. We do what we can to avoid it. We try to ignore it, outsource it, delegate it, divert our attention from it or deny it exists. But they’re all feeble and futile attempts to avoid the unassailable law of our being, the essence of…

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Heaven is not a Geographical Location

In the spiritual view of reality, the inner dimensions of the world are primary. The foundation of the world is consciousness. Instead of the naturalist view that consciousness is a state of matter, the idealist view is that matter is a state of consciousness. Matter is an idea. When we limit our view of the…

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The Substance of Reality – Consciousness filtered through space-time

In the modern world, naturalism exerts a potent influence on our way of thinking. The exuberance produced by the success of science caused an overconfidence in its ability to explain the world. As scientific discoveries accumulated, people assumed this trend would continue indefinitely. Eventually, science would discover the Theory of Everything, a complete description of…

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The Inner Dimensions of Nature

There is a lot of debate about the characteristics of nature and the existence of the supernatural, but through it all the concept of nature is often obscure. We may use the same word, but often we’re not talking about the same thing. For the materialist, nature consists of the objective properties studied by science…

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The Law of Karma – cosmic justice or natural law?

The doctrine of karma is sometimes interpreted as a system of cosmic justice. God is the chief prosecutor enforcing his laws through reward and punishment. Suffering is divine retribution for sin, and sin is disobeying God’s commands. With this interpretation of karma, it follows logically that people deserve to suffer. Their suffering is a just…

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How to Construct a Worldview

A blueprint for building tolerance and humility. Human beings need a worldview to function. A worldview isn’t a single belief or even a collection of beliefs. It’s the widest possible view we can take of reality. A worldview is an interpretative framework, a conceptual map containing all the various facts about the world. It orientates…

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Can all the Different Religions be True?

The harmonious outlook of religious pluralism. There is a wide diversity of religious claims and practices. Conceptions of the divine range from the God of Abraham to Hinduism’s impersonal Brahman. This diversity exists between religions and within religions. Many of the different claims seem contradictory. Some people think this means only one religion can be…

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Universes from Nothing?

Scientific euphemisms and equivocations The question of cosmic origins is a perennially popular question, but most theists think the answer has been known for thousands of years. God is the ultimate cause of the cosmos. While there’s room to disagree with that theistic conclusion, there are rational limits on the valid ways to reject it.…

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Reflections on the Nature of Faith

Transcending the limits of the intellect Faith is sometimes described as belief without evidence. Non-believers promote this idea, but many believers also say this is the substance of faith. If we had evidence, why would we need faith? But this is a shallow understanding of faith. If that was the substance of faith, faith would…

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In Pursuit of the Good Life

The search for the foundation of ethics. Everyone wants to live a good life, but what does that mean? Generally we picture a life with enough money to make us independent, time to pursue activities we enjoy, and opportunity for sensual pleasures. But can you live a good life even if you don’t have the…

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The Fingerprints of God – A finely tuned universe

Modern physics has produced some amazing insights into the nature of the universe. One of the most astonishing is the discovery the fundamental forces of nature are balanced with a delicate precision.  Upset this delicate balance and the universe could have collapsed in on itself before getting started. No atoms could form, which means no…

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The Presumption of Atheism on Trial

 It’s become fashionable to say atheism has no burden of proof. It’s said atheism is the default assumption and the onus is on the theist to prove, not on the atheist to disprove. While this idea has the superficial gloss of rationality, under a critical cross-examination it falls apart. Rather than promoting rational methods, it…

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The End of Knowledge – Introduction to Vedanta

Vedanta has been called the science of spirituality. It’s one of the six schools of Indian philosophy and takes its inspiration from the literature of the Upanishads. Upanishad means to sit nearby. It suggests the texts contain the secret knowledge of the sages. The Upanishads give the conclusions of India’s sacred Vedic literature. Veda means knowledge…

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About Me

Hi, I’m Prudence,

I love philosophy, religion and exploring all the big questions in life. This blog is my way of sharing all the knowledge I’ve gained in my studies. I hope you find it as inspiring and fulfilling as it’s been for me.