Tag Archives: Meaning of Life

The Quest for the Holy Grail

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. King Arthur is alive and well. That’s good news for someone who reigned in England some 1500 years ago, and whose very existence is questioned by numerous medieval scholars.  With the passing of time, an astonishing number of legendary stories have become attached to his name.  Purdue professor Dorsey Armstrong, an… Read more »

Conversation, Not Condemnation

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It may be hard to fathom, but the image above is one of the most famous paintings in the history of art. If you’ve ever strolled through a museum of modern art, you’ve probably thought, “My six-year-old could do that!”  Or in the case of BlackSquare by Kazimir Malevich:  “How is that different from my printer’s test pattern when I… Read more »

To Tell the Truth

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William Provine, a Distinguished Professor at Cornell University who served three different departments – History, Science and Technology Studies, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology – was a brilliant scientist. He also had supreme confidence when it came to discussing life’s most important philosophical questions.  Two decades ago he declared: “Let me summarize my views on what evolutionary biology tells us… Read more »

The Meaning of Life

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British author and theologian C.S. Lewis once suggested that human lives are like ships on the high seas.  Every ship has to address three issues.  The first issue is how not to sink.  That’s integrity.  The second issue is how not to bump into other ships.  That’s the domain of human relationships.  The third issue is the most important:  Why… Read more »