As well as being a voice for those whose voices were silenced by oppressive regimes, Pope John Paul II was a scholar and intellectual, and one of the philosophers he admired was Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995), a Lithuanian-French Jewish philosopher.
A new document on religion and violence has been released by the Vatican, particularly addressing the claim by critics of religion that there is a direct link between religion and violence. In this document, Catholic theologians illustrate, on the basis of the truth of Jesus Christ, the relationship between the revelation of God and a non-violent humanism.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birth we commemorate this weekend, is most known for his work with racial justice and civil rights. But Dr. King had other things to say as he preached each Sunday, first in his own assembly and later as he moved about.
What are the different kinds of love? Let Cupid tell you all about it. A hilarious video explaining the different types of love Philia, Eros, Storge, Agape.
Poverty is the primary fact of human existence. Everything we have we were first given. We are not like the horse, who can run after birth, nor like the insect, born with all the instincts it needs to thrive, nor like the oak tree, growing and unfolding according to its nature. The human person is that kind of creature who becomes himself (who actualizes his personal potentiality) through gift.
Once again, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has picked up a pen and paper. In an eleven-page letter addressed to atheist Piergiorgio Odifreddi, Ratzinger defends Jesus as a historic figure, explaining that the Jesus of the Gospel existed in real life.
In this public lecture titled "Is Love all we Need? The Pitfalls of Same-Sex Marriage", Patrick Langrell, the Chaplaincy Convenor at The University of Notre Dame Australia, gives a philosophical account of love. Patrick discusses what marital love looks like, and the implications it has for the debate surrounding same-sex "marriage".
The abortion debate is not about religion! What do Christopher Hitchens, Robert Price, Arif Ahmed, Nat Hentoff have in common, other than the fact that they are atheists? They oppose abortion, because they recognise it as an abuse of human rights and from a natural law perspective. Real freethinkers should question abortion... watch this video for more.
Do work that you love, use your talents and gifts to make the world a better place. This is an inspiring TedX talk about following your dreams.
Is tradition a concept used to defend backward ideas and ancient traditions, or is it a quiet reminder of values we should hold precious? In this public debate moderated by ABC Radio National's Phillip Adams, philosophers Mark Kingwell and John Haldane exchange ideas on the future of tradition in the Western world.
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