This recent book of mine is available for $1.50 in epub format. I continue to revise it as an ongoing project since I work at a day job and there are lots of things to do. Here is the t.o.c. and an essay that opens the book that I have edited reasonably well.
Love of Wisdom
What Philosophical Ideaism is, historically
Reality of heaven and Hell
Predestination and Evolution
What is Truth
Eternal Life and Infinite Generation of Universes
God’s point of View of Human Affairs- fiction excerpt from ‘A Thought of …
Created Digital Universes vs. Naturally Evolved Universes
Is space a substance, apparent effect of intersecting dimensions, or?
Divine Commands and God Trumping the Universal
After Darwin; the Deluge
On ‘Flatterland’ and Multiverse Theory
Branes and Membranes
Evolution of Christianity
Britain’s Godless Leaders
Pyrrhonism and John Locke; Nominal and Real Essences
Calvin, Zwingli and Catholic Theocrats Got it Wrong
Evolution- the natural history of extinctive behavior
Irony and Individuality; Why Nihilism is Relatively Meaningless
Irony and Human Knowledge
Human Winners in the Race to Extinction
Socrates and Subjective Truth
The Failure of Ethics in Evolution
Kierkegaard, Socrates and Aporia
Aristotle; Inventor of Historical Cycles
Spinning Bucket Experiment (prose poem)
A Note on Truth Assignments
On; Does God Still Visit Churches?
Human Social and Intellectual Evolution are Works in Progress
The Strange Growth of Orthodox Atheism
The Saved, the Secular and the Lost
Jesus Christ; Fully Man, Fully God
A Matter of the Size of the Universe
Science as Relative, Conditional Truth
Contrasting the Word of God with Empirical Observations
Theology, Physics, Reason and Faith
The Transformative Ethics of Jesus Christ
Adams Genealogy from Genesis Chapters 3-5
Antediluvian roster from Adam to Post-Flood Era
The Sons of Noah etc.
The Six Days of Creation
The First Day
The Second Day
The Third Day
The Fourth Day
The Fifth Day
The Sixth Day
The Seventh Day
Select Hypothetical States of Future Cosmology
Big Rip Era
Philosophy is a Search for the Right Answers
Spirit and the Universe or Multiverse
Adding Up Six Days of Creation with Special Relativity
The Time Parameters of Creation in Genesis
Evolution and Biological Selection in Context
The Universe May Be Like a Monad to God
The Flood, Being and End Times
Mesopotamia is a Flood Prone Region
The Flood; A
The Flood; B
The Flood C; Select Facts and Inferences
Abraham, Summer and Early Bible Times
Abraham and Genesis
Post-Tribulationism, Revelation, Eschatology and the Kingdom of God
Westminster Standards and End Times
Westminster Standards Chapter 33
Questions of Matter, Space and Gravitons
Terms for Mapping the Universe(s)
Chess Patterns, Recognition misc.
G.R. and Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems
The Sixty-Four Billion Year Question
Renormalization of Ontology
Scientific Skepticism & Epistemological Nihilism Due to Evolution
Human Free Will and an Omniscient God Can Co-Exist
Kant Schopenhauer, Sartre and Quine
Spatial Expansion of Universe; Is That Entropy?
The Evolution of Eve’s Womb
Plotinus, the One and a Universe of Broken Symmetries
Consciousness Can’t Trigger Actions?
Chess, Birdsong and Cognitive Evolution
Subjectivity and the Schrodinger Wave (Function
Integration, Disintegration and Equilibrium
On the Question; “Is Life a Basic, Necessary form of Matter?”
The Fallacy of Regarding Zero-Growth Economics as Zero Growth
On the Question; Is Consciousness, Memory?
On the Shape of Past and Future Dimensions
On Efforts to Negate the Anthropic Principle
Entropy and the Fallacy of Environmental Offsets
Age of Developing Historical Theory Over?
Toward a Level III Civilization
Culture of Conscience
Internal Forms of Religion
Christians in Relation to Select Mass, Energy and Form Paradigmata
Holy War; Diabolis and the Decline of Civilization
Chess and the Wild Kingdom (Evolution and Game Theory)
The Politics of Entropy
Holistic Extra-terrestrial Ecosphere Manufacture Goals
Risks in the Community of Artificial Intelligence
Brian Josephson/G.W.F. Hegel Evolution of Spirit misc.
Philosophy of Art, Evolution and Divine Forms
On Spirit and Evolution Theory
Maximally Great Being the Largest Number Possible (poem)
Some Questions about Mass-Energy Field Universes
Evolving Evolution as a Political Philosophy
Causality and Cosmology
Post-Millennialism and Evolution Part II
Exploring Consequences of Eschatological Point of View to Global Warming
Eschatology and Evolution
Epistemological Values in Modeling Natural Operating Systems
Five-Dimensional Universes Selected from Natural Operating Systems?
Angels and Infinite Dimensions
On Systematic Philosophy
Bayle, Skeptics and Faith
Evolution Theory Pedagogues Raising Ethical Vegetables?
Dual Booting a Contingent Universe
Christianity in the Quantum Era
Predestination of the Elect and Divine Mechanics
A Matter of Trans-finite Sets and a Good Algorithm
Philosophical Ideas of Quantum Cosmology and Faster-Than-Light Travel
What are the Limits to A.I. Emulation of Human Thought?
Renormalization of Ontology
Where Gnosticism Went Wrong
About My Poem “Rage Against the Meatheads”
Year Ending Note on Logical Fallacies
Does History Repeat Itself?
Teleology and the Higgs Field
Potential Extra-Terrestrial Problems with Digital Bioformation Reprod Tech
Language Philosophy; Truth, Falsehood, Half-Truths and Statistical Strings
Logic, Language, Truth and Philosophy
Evolving Dualism and Dialectics of Schopenhauer and Nietzsche
Re; The Existential Analysis of Jean Paul Sartre
Questions of Matter, Space and Gravitons
Free Will, Predestination and Linear Algebra
An Excellent Accordion (poem)
Destinations of Multiverse
The Parable of the Cookie Verse
Thoughts of God, Math Universal Structure and Level Four Multiverse
How Christians Should Regard Multi-Verse Theory
Evolution is a Bad Moral Example
Original Sin and Artificial Intelligence
Christians and Cosmology
The Apostate Church Doctrine of Sin
Spatial Dimensions Adding Up to Time
Is Life a Necessary Form of Matter?
The Appearance of Spirit from the Inanimate Material of the Cosmos
Hominid Footprints 5.7 Million Years Ago; Creation, Eden and the Flood
One year to man (Biblically speaking) is for man 365,000 years
Genesis and Geological Eras
Dark Energy; A New and Bigger Blunder?
Why God created mankind and why mankind is responsible for things
Rigid Designators of Realism and Reality
Causality and Logic
Miracles and Quantum Uncertainty
Realm of forms with Spirit
Select philosophical comments
On a Five-Dimension Universe
Post-Script to a note on Predeterminism
The Holy Spirit in Regard to Space, Time and History
Predestination, Salvation of the Elect and Free Will
Theocracy, Same-sect’s monism and the Gnostic Heresy
Post-Modern Analysis Suitable for Über-Mouse…
Post-Subjectivist Analysis and Biblical Criticism
The Problem of Infinities in Cosmology
Theoretical problems of good and evil in a hypothetical Multiverse
Tillich’s Paradigm for Uncertainty and Faith
Something about the Universe
Does Entropy Increase Cause Expansion of Space-Time or Black Box…
Trends in Post-Ideological Quantification
Consistent Histories Issues with Anomalous Time Travel in a G.R. Universe…
Set Theory, Multiverse and Theological Speculation
Cosmology and the Realm of Forms
Plotinus, Pre-Big Bang Metaphysics and a Multiverse
Relativistic Time Distortion Cohering Discretely…
Quantum Cosmology in the Platonic Realm of Forms
A Remark about Mass and Field Theory…
Good and Evil (from A Universal Widget)
Scripturally Speaking, Obeying the Law is Correct
What Was Beyond the T=0 Singularity?
Mind Over Matter
The Disquotation Theory of Truth
Epistemology and Language
John Locke’s Self-Aware Cogito; Rather Like Descartes’
On John Locke’s Book II-An Essay on Human Understanding…
Spinoza and the Author of the Pentateuch
Hume’s Existential Historical Analysis (Essay I-III-11)
On Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion’s Conclusion
Comment On Faster than Light Travel
Carla Asks Solomon Eban about the Multiverse (fiction)
On Galaxies and Extra-Terrestrial Life (fiction)
The Expansion of the Universe (fiction)
A Priesthood of Believers for a Troubled Era
AI Evolution and God as Discussed by Lena Loop…
Garrison Gibson’s Books
Love of Wisdom
If philosophy is said to be the love of wisdom, it seems plain that wisdom leads to the recognition of the providence of divine grace not through merit, works or understanding, yet it is the glory of God that provides it, and draws one toward it.
So one wonders how grace can be given by God unto mankind, or why grace makes one born an American citizen or not as the case may be, rather than merit or works. The Lord can afford to throw bail for a life sentence; the prison works of inmates couldn’t afford a weekend furlough. Mankind is dust put to breathing. Ideas of concepts flow through mind in a material body that cannot sustain the mind beyond its own circumstantial time limits. Where does the mind go? Philosophy with grace seems to lead to God and in particular the Lord Jesus Christ as the author of life. Captain of the soul, the Lord leads one through shoal waters of the temporal sea.
This volume is a collection of essays on philosophical and religious interests of mine written in real time lightly edited. Also included are some writing I have put together during a theology graduate course I have been working on recently. Theology fulfilling philosophical inquiry-it’s a beautiful intellectual addition providing better opportunity to understand a transcending truth that must be accepted with faith. What is wisdom to man is folly to God. Socrates said they he knew that he knew nothing-perhaps a wise way of avoiding an excess of folly. Well, I will see what I can put together on a variety of personal interests about the world, Universe, spirit and eternal life.
King David’s son Solomon was said to be the most wise man who ever lived. Solomon regarded a life as a blade of grass; phenomenally brief and gone. It was David though who was given a promise by God that one of his heirs would be the eternal king. It was David who was prophesied by Moses to be one that would write down the laws of God and spend his days immersed in them. It was also David that saw a nude sunbathing Bathsheba and sent her husband to be killed in battle that he might take her to wife. God’s love for David was given though David was imperfect. David recognized his moral failures and was subsequently remorseful, and loved God in good times and bad. Wisdom coheres within the fear and love of God. That is the best a human being can do.
The love of wisdom is philosophy. Wisdom informs us that God so loved the world that he gave his only his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. If God is love, He is a God who hates sin. Human beings have original sin and require correction. God’s patience with and love for humanity has brought him to provide a program for reconciling humanity unto Him through the atoning sinlessness and sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. Those saved with the Lord also love their fellow man yet share also the antipathy toward sin of the Lord, yet as humans they may themselves still sin and are embodied in a thermodynamic processing temporal body wherein is found the original presence of most sin. God is aware of the situation; His grace determined what will be the evolution of human destiny. God has a purpose for each soul in this or any possible Universe.
In some respects interpreting the Bible; scripture between 1900 and 3000 years old, requires hermeneutics that are partially subjective for the reader. Some Christians and Christian theologians prefer the most plain and direct interpretation of scripture in accord with Karl Barth’s ideas about church dogmatics being just about scripture. Some theologians prefer to regard the theology of 16th century protestant reformers as the most basic and regard constructions of post-16th century works of systematic theology suspect- especially that of the post-Darwinian era. For those conservative souls much of modern theology became tainted by variations of moral relativism and evolution based subjectivism that may present apologetics that go so far as to deny the deity of Christ and the apostolic authority of Paul, or to make of Christianity a comfortable secular ethical system accommodated to a modern world without God uncomfortable with Biblical notions of sin. This book considers post Darwinian hermeneutics from the author’s point of view, which is a fairly patient and unbiased one, that developed over his lifetime beginning with early childhood learning of science and Christianity together.
Reformed Christianity does possess some of the greatest and most plain Christian writing since that of the founders with theologians like Martin Luther, John Calvin, Thomas Brooks, John Bunyan and others leaving great works of theology and literature that bring souls toward the gospel. None should take their Christian focus too far from the gospel of Jesus Christ as presented in the New Testament or fail to read the Old Testament well. It is practical though to read the Bible with a 21st century education and scientific knowledge rather than that of the fifteenth century, the first century or the 20th century B.C. as if doing so was possible or necessary in order to correctly interpret scripture. God’s omniscient and eternal status and inspired scripture conveyed to humanity probably don’t require the science of a given temporal human era for rightly understanding Bible meaning.
From my point of view, some theological positions that would deny modern cosmological paradigms a place in Christian theological hermeneutics at least conditionally to the end of understanding scripture and for experimental apologetics useful for moderns inculcated in modern science and cosmology are comparable to people of the reformation era that preferred Ptolemaic cosmology over Copernican systems. While neither were the end of cosmological knowledge, each in its time advanced understanding to a better level, and so does modern cosmology inclusive of Multiverse theory even if the latter never is confirmed. In my opinion the Bible does not conflict with natural theology or the record of nature and cosmology, rather human understanding does, and sometime the understanding of individuals more comfortable with existing, unreformed hermeneutics
Philosophy changed after Darwin published his book on evolution named On the Origin of Species. Wegener’s discovery of plate tectonics and the expanding awareness of the size and scale of the Universe with construction of larger and larger telescopes coincided with 20th century advances in biological learning and changed the way people look at the world. Philosophy also changed while theology was challenged. By the start of the third millennium human social sciences and history were viewed as of decreased importance; just surface activities of bioforms on an insignificant planet in a remote part of the galactic habitation zone of a spiral galaxy itself just a speck of sand amidst billions of galaxies. The scale of science and its effect upon human thinking tended to dwarf the interest in philosophical works such as G.W.F. Hegel developed in his tome The Phenomenology of Mind. German romanticism and its existential regard for the individual in society shadowed the increasing epistemological theoretical drift toward relativism and subjectivism as meaning became detached from traditional philosophical and theological attachment because of the power of evolution and cosmology developing together as a great empirical truth.
Philosophers and historians continued to work of course, even as they kept one eye upward toward the Hubble image captures of 12 to 13 billion year old starlight from what was considered to be near the beginning of the Universe give or take a half a billion years. Philosophers such as C.S. Pierce developed semiotic works about symbols. Frege and others advanced symbolic logic onward from Aristotle’s classical logic and the mathematical logic of Leibniz pushing progress of logic. The Vienna Circle of philosophers led the way with others such as Wittgenstein in the field of the philosophy of logic and its intersection with the meaning of language, the epistemology of cognition and eventually analytic philosophy. W.V.O Quine not only developed analytic philosophy investigating words and their meaning as Platonic essents or forms with real or nominal values, he investigated the relationship of words to objects, from which one may readily consider the nature of objects for-themselves as members cohering within a continuum of quantum field phenomena; solid state physics. Quantum physics parallel the rise of Darwinist evolution ideas in cosmology and biology and reinforced the tendency of many to regard life as virtually phenomenal to an extent found in Buddhism.
The appearance of so many strong new influences on ordinary human social thought of a revolutionary, philosophical kind was a challenge to philosophers to respond to. The new material demanded new ideas in response. Some philosophers became echoes of the Darwinian science as philosophers of science. Some theologians choose to ignore the field entirely and focus just upon scripture, and that was reasonable enough except as it rendered them unable to consider how the Bible relates to the new understanding of the empirical world or to provide meaningful Christian apologetics regarding it.
Darwinian evolution philosophy in the world became eventually popular with such strength that it conquered political leadership in Europe and in much of the entertainment and broadcast media spanning the globe. Business found it generally acceptable as it enabled Fortune 500 leaders to dismiss moral concerns more readily and better put on convenient evolutionary blinders useful for business to ignore environmental and social externalities and focus on profit.
The rise of abstract expressionism drifting in the arts from impressionism to cubism and beyond reflected the advance of epistemological and linguistic relativism and subjectivism. Paradoxically people could look at the images of the vast Universe and consider it part of a great Multiverse and find it meaningless with just their own experience of it as meaningful, at least for-themselves. Subjectivism and relativism were reflected in reductionism in every field even to the quantum level; time and being as mass were phenomenal events perceived locally without any sort of transcendent value, and of such a nature that similar events could be occurring in an infinite number of Universes. Philosophers seemed to have been taken up in some instances with the Darwinian power of evolution finding little enough in humanity except as it might evolve, tragically losing the capacity to keep a concept of God as a Supreme being of power and capacity larger than a Multiverse. Darwinism as universal evolution seemed to have no place for the Bible. And that is where this book of mine is concerned. Thought and spirit surpass material evolution. God probably can create an infinite Multiverse as easily as a zillion dimensions or angels as it were, on the head of a pin.
After The Origin of Species was published philosophy slowly began to move toward subjectivism while analytic philosophy considered subjective epistemology. That field arguably originated with Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and the reduced size Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics. Linguistic philosophy continued its progress into the era of evolution and applied its many insights into fields such as linguistics and computer logic. Yet great empirical metaphysical systems such as G.W.F. Hegel’s pre-Darwinian ‘Phenomenology of Mind’ and ‘Realms of Absolute Spirit’ were more or less terminal moraines of the vast glacial flow of the prior age. Hegel’s magnum opus itself formed a paradigm for the future social paradigm shift to scientific Darwinism on the cosmological scale. As it has served as a pattern to inspire Karl Mark’s system of dialectical evolution, it also served as a paradigm for expression of the material Universe evolving to realize itself in human consciousness-quintessential Hegelianism.
G.W.F. Hegel was able to discern the idea of progress in history and build a millennialist dialectical model that is the evolutionary paradigm expressed without of course, for secular evolutionists, Jesus Christ or Spirit. The concept of God realizing Himself in history could be thought of in several ways. It could be God evolving from nothing, or saliently, God revealing Himself in history as human understanding is led to evolve.
In this book I will not provide detail on the subjectivist philosophers with world-views such as Husserl and his Phenomenalism and J.S. Sartre with existentialism. Neither shall I consider John Dewey or William James on pragmaticism, constructivism, empiricism, and its antithesis Quine’s Two Dogmas of Empiricism or structuralism. My goal is to present a unified synthesis of elements from philosophy, theology, cosmology and history that are valid today as a discrete world view without implicit certainty. Post-Darwinian thought should be aware of the need for change and synthesis between to prima facie disparate viewpoints and move beyond the Scopes trial sort of monkey or man debate of either evolution in the Darwinian paradigm and nothing philosophically else or simply creation by God in six days interpreted from the Bible literally. The paradigms aren’t mutually exclusive or comprehensive in self-standing ways.
Philosophers should never be such bureaucratic drudges as to give up intelligent thought. If there is a philosophical bias it ought to be with Diogenes Laertes the cynic philosopher who upon being introduced to Alexander the Great by Alexander himself as Diogenes was laying on the ground, said to Alexander; “Would you please move, you are blocking the sunlight”. Authorities aren’t ends-in-themselves; they rely on verbal idea lexicons inherited from prior studies and meanings. Pontius Pilate asked “What is truth?” (Quid est veritas) when encountering the challenging and unknown paradigm of Jesus Christ saying that he was ‘witness to the truth’ (John 18;37).
This book comprises a gallery of my own post-Darwinian philosophical works including philosophical fiction and non-fiction essays and poems. I have tried to present comprehensive world views of the manifest facts of observation and scientific inference and have left out unscientific assumptions of atheism so often attached. Further I have considered the paradigm of an omnipotent God in relation to the matter of the cosmos, time and space, Universe and Multiverse.
Developing one’s own ideas about the truth of existence, of life in the Universe and of an afterlife is a project that can take a lifetime. Obviously the intellectual history of humanity presents a vast amount of material to sort through and consider. The nature of God in regard to the city of man is uncertain as well. ‘The Cloud of Unknowing’ and the heyschasm of Plotinus exemplify the possibility of encounters with a transcendent God and His shikina glory albeit indirectly. At least one must consider such matters in the stages of life’s way as Kierkegaard might have expressed it. Intellectual experience does not arrive at its most mature location precociously any more than a marathon runner arrives at the finish line after a hundred yard sprint at the start of the race. Fusing a synthesis of updated and upgraded ideas upon one’s own understanding and learning in light of the history of human philosophical, theological, cosmological and evolutionary thought brought my own ideas to change and grow over time as I found better ways to express points of view bringing me closer to the truth that with faith in the Lord allows one to share with the Apostle Paul and Socrates the opinion that for-oneself, one knows (of the ultimate) that one knows nothing. Paul’s caveat was that he knew nothing except the Lord Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.
What can I say of spirit in an era where physiologists have cut up people on the operating table and declared that they found no spirit there? I believe spirit is given by God and is associated with human persona. Where spirit is or what it is in particular is known to God, given by God and provided as a gift for living sentient beings as He wills. Relativity applies not only within Einstein’s paradigm of matter and space; it applies with all things in relationship to God as well. Hence where the human spirit is in relation to God is more meaningful than where it is within the body or space-time embedded as it were as a spirit in a material world. Human spirit may be contingent information hosted by God.
A philosophical approach to analyzing human experience might be regarded as a process of discovery. Self-aware of the experience of existing, a given and good fact, thinking individuals may inquire into the nature and way of being and its process of changing in a continuum of form and reform. In writing these informal essays and comments on contemporary interests I wanted to put some philosophical intention on it for the good.
Descartes contemplated a method of affirming existence from first principles; an epistemological investigation of self-awareness. Aristotle presented numerous categories of classification of substance and logic. Socrates and Plato thought of the ideal state and of truth. They looked into what concepts are such as the good anticipating the utilitarian question.
Individuals considered by others to be philosophers have examined many of the same matters concerning individual actualization, language, government of the many and the way people interact phenomenally (e.g. Sartre’s Being and Nothingness and Critique of Dialectical Reason). Confucius, Hobbes and Marx presented new social theories while Hume examined causality. Philosophers of history like Arnold Toynbee have considered recurrent social-historical cycles. Individuals of countless generations have inquired into the destiny of spirit, mind and matter that are considered to be essential elements of a human life. Philosophers may try to find some practical applications of learning in the midst of the great population of the world inertially proceeding with more than 7 billion contemporary souls empirically coexisting.
The world may be a stage as Shakespeare commented in Hamlet, upon which people strut and fret an hour. Philosophers may demure from the point that it is no more than sound and fury signifying nothing. The Bible; a work of little books with revealed knowledge from God, offers the wisdom of Solomon presenting the humble condition of mankind who is like a blade of grass under the eternal existence and glory of God. Faith in God as true wisdom, and reasoned life have meaning in society today set against a social abyss of godless materialism end-for-itself entailing non-belief belief in much besides science. Since science means knowledge, scientific method ought to mean knowledge of method. Today an individual pursuing knowledge should include wisdom rather than to cut himself off, a priori, and follow preconceived atheistic lines. A philosophical approach through science is challenged with a profusion of cosmological avenues of approach and tools for investigations that are self-evident and not improved with select biases against the idea of God.
My philosophical approach to various issues in-the-world follows from decades of interest in philosophy and its development over the course of history. The history of philosophy quite early coincides with and often informs the development of civilization, intellectual history and leadership flowing with it. Thus the title selection of these four books reflects my own philosophical regard for select issues occurring in contemporary history.
There are perennial questions in philosophy of interest to specialists, generalists and ordinary people that many or even most people are familiar with concerning the soul, life after death, free will, the difference between good and evil, forms of governance, ethics, metaphysics, cosmology, physics, language, epistemology, memory, the meaning of language values and so forth. After a student of philosophy has familiarized himself with these issues reading the classics of western and eastern philosophy and religion, he may still wish to consider contemporary history and its instantaneous concerns distributed globally on the Internet each second of the day since the start of the third millennium at least. The approaches to considering live issues of contemporary history with a philosophical sense of detachment yet with active concern for ‘putting intention on’ the politics and public perceptions of those issues, in order to promote the good of humanity – a Socratic concern with Christian ethical points about the welfare of one’s fellow human being, might be generally reduced to four.