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A philosophy & theology-based podcast.

A philosophy & theology-based podcast.

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A philosophy & theology-based podcast.

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English


Episodes

Why Does Evil Exist? (Pascal)

2/15/2021
Visit: drecarlan.com Contact: thesummitstudyhall [at] gmail [dot] com Material referenced: “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.” -Pensées, Section XIV, #894 “The greatest of evils is civil war. It is bound to come if people want to reward merit, because everyone will claim to be meritorious. The evil to be feared if the succession falls by right of birth to a fool is neither so great nor so certain.” -Pensées, Section V, #313

Duration:00:05:26

Fate or Free Will? (Pascal)

2/14/2021
Visit: drecarlan.com Contact: thesummitstudyhall [at] gmail [dot] com Material referenced: “Lust and force are the source of all our actions; lust causes voluntary actions, force involuntary ones.” -Pensées, Section V, #334 “The least movement affects all nature; the entire sea changes because of a rock. Thus in grace, the least action affects everything by its consequences; therefore everything is important.” -Pensées, Section VII, #505

Duration:00:05:57

Does God Exist? (Pascal)

2/13/2021
Visit: drecarlan.com Contact: thesummitstudyhall [at] gmail [dot] com Material referenced: “We know God only through Jesus Christ. Without this mediator all communication with God is broken off. Through Jesus we know God. All those who have claimed to know God and prove his existence without Jesus Christ have only had futile proofs to offer. But to prove Christ we have the prophecies which are solid and palpable proofs. By being fulfilled and proved true by the event, these prophecies...

Duration:00:10:28

How Does Time Move? (Descartes)

2/12/2021
Visit: drecarlan.com Contact: thesummitstudyhall [at] gmail [dot] com Material referenced: “For a lifetime can be divided into innumerable parts that do not depend on each other in any way. The fact that I existed a short while ago does not imply that I must exist at present unless some other cause re-creates me, as it were, in the present moment or, in other words, conserves me. It is clear to anyone who thinks about the nature of time that the same power and action is obviously required...

Duration:00:07:42

What is Beauty? (Descartes)

2/11/2021
Visit: drecarlan.com Contact: thesummitstudyhall [at] gmail [dot] com Material referenced: “…I think it proper to remain here for some time in the contemplation of God himself—that I may ponder at leisure his marvelous attributes—and behold, admire, and adore the beauty of this light so unspeakably great, as far, at least, as the strength of my mind, which is to some degree dazzled by the sight, will permit. For just as we learn by faith that the supreme felicity of another life consists...

Duration:00:11:22

Why Does Evil Exist? (Descartes)

2/10/2021
Visit: drecarlan.com Contact: thesummitstudyhall [at] gmail [dot] com Material referenced: “From all this I discover, however, that neither the power of willing, which I have received from God, is of itself the source of my errors, for it is exceedingly ample and perfect in its kind; nor even the power of understanding, for as I conceive no object unless by means of the faculty that God bestowed upon me, all that I conceive is doubtless rightly conceived by me, and it is impossible for me...

Duration:00:06:51

Fate or Free Will? (Descartes)

2/9/2021
Visit: drecarlan.com Contact: thesummitstudyhall [at] gmail [dot] com Material referenced: “Meanwhile whoever eventually happens to be the source of our being, and however powerful and deceptive they are, we still experience in ourselves a freedom such that we can always refrain from believing things that are not fully investigated and certain, and thereby we can take care that we are never mistaken.” -The Principles of Philosophy, Part I, Ch. 6 “That there is freedom in our will and...

Duration:00:09:08

Does God Exist? (Descartes)

2/8/2021
Visit: drecarlan.com Contact: thesummitstudyhall [at] gmail [dot] com Material referenced: “Thus the idea of God is the only one left about which to ask the question: does it contain something that could not have originated from me? By the word ‘God’ I understand some infinite substance, which is independent, supremely intelligent and supremely powerful, and by which both I, and everything else that exists (if anything else exists), were created. All these ideas are surely such that, the...

Duration:00:09:38

How Does Time Move? (Hobbes)

2/7/2021
Visit: drecarlan.com Contact: thesummitstudyhall [at] gmail [dot] com Material referenced: “The present only has a being in nature; things past have a being in the memory only; but things to come have no being at all, the future being but a fiction of the mind, applying the sequels of actions past to the actions that are present; which with most certainty is done by him that has most experience, but not with certainty enough. And though it be called prudence when the event answers our...

Duration:00:08:50

What is Beauty? (Hobbes)

2/6/2021
Visit: drecarlan.com Contact: thesummitstudyhall [at] gmail [dot] com Material referenced: “Ignorance of the signification of words; which is, want of understanding, disposes men to take on trust, not only the truth they know not; but also the errors; and which is more, the non-sense of them they trust: For neither Error, nor non-sense, can without a perfect understanding of words, be detected.” -Leviathan, Part I, Ch. XI “All that is Necessary to Salvation, is contained in two Virtues,...

Duration:00:07:43

Why Does Evil Exist? (Hobbes)

2/5/2021
Visit: drecarlan.com Contact: thesummitstudyhall [at] gmail [dot] com Material referenced: “But whatsoever is the object of any man's appetite or desire, that is it which he for his part calls good; and the object of his hate and aversion, evil; and of his contempt, vile and inconsiderable. For these words of good, evil, and contemptible are ever used with relation to the person that uses them: there being nothing simply and absolutely so; nor any common rule of good and evil to be taken...

Duration:00:09:41

Fate or Free Will? (Hobbes)

2/4/2021
Visit: drecarlan.com Contact: thesummitstudyhall [at] gmail [dot] com Material referenced: “And this whole controversy concerning the predestination of God, and the freewill of man, is not peculiar to Christian men. For we have huge volumes of this subject, under the name of fate and contingency, disputed between the Epicureans and the Stoics, and consequently it is not a matter of faith, but of philosophy;...” -The Elements of Law, Ch. 6.9 “Lastly, from the use of the word Freewill, no...

Duration:00:06:35

Does God Exist? (Hobbes)

2/3/2021
Visit: drecarlan.com Contact: thesummitstudyhall [at] gmail [dot] com Material referenced: “Forasmuch as God Almighty. is incomprehensible, it follows that we can have no conception or image of the Deity; and consequently all his attributes signify our inability and defect of power to conceive any thing concerning his nature, and not any conception of the same, excepting only this: that there is a God. For the effects we acknowledge naturally, do necessarily include a power of their...

Duration:00:09:44

How Does Time Move? (Montaigne)

2/2/2021
Visit: drecarlan.com Contact: thesummitstudyhall [at] gmail [dot] com Material referenced: “Such as accuse mankind of the folly of gaping after future things, and advise us to make our benefit of those which are present, and to set up our rest upon them, as having no grasp upon that which is to come, even less than that which we have upon what is past, have hit upon the most universal of human errors, if that may be called an error to which nature herself has disposed us, in order to the...

Duration:00:10:15

What is Beauty? (Montaigne)

2/1/2021
Visit: drecarlan.com Contact: thesummitstudyhall [at] gmail [dot] com Material referenced: “Beauty is a thing of great recommendation in the correspondence amongst men; 'tis the first means of acquiring the favour and good liking of one another, and no man is so barbarous and morose as not to perceive himself in some sort struck with its attraction…the first distinction that ever was amongst men, and the first consideration that gave some pre-eminence over others, 'tis likely was the...

Duration:00:08:41

Why Does Evil Exist? (Montaigne)

1/31/2021
Visit: drecarlan.com Contact: thesummitstudyhall [at] gmail [dot] com Material referenced: “For if evils have no admission into us but by the judgment we ourselves make of them, it should seem that it is, then, in our own power to despise them or to turn them to good. If things surrender themselves to our mercy, why do we not convert and accommodate them to our advantage? If what we call evil and torment is neither evil nor torment of itself, but only that our fancy gives it that quality,...

Duration:00:09:56

Fate or Free Will? (Montaigne)

1/30/2021
Visit: drecarlan.com Contact: thesummitstudyhall [at] gmail [dot] com Material referenced: “Since God foresees that all things shall so fall out, as doubtless He does, it must then necessarily follow, that they must so fall out”: to which our masters reply: “that the seeing anything come to pass, as we do, and as God Himself also does (for all things being present with him, He rather sees, than foresees), is not to compel an event: that is, we see because things do fall out, but things do...

Duration:00:06:09

Does God Exist? (Montaigne)

1/29/2021
Visit drecarlan.com Contact: thesummitstudyhall [at] gmail [dot] com Material referenced: “…of all forms the most beautiful is that of man; therefore God must be of that form. No one can be happy without virtue, nor virtue be without reason, and reason cannot inhabit anywhere but in a human shape; God is therefore clothed in a human figure.” -Essays, Book II, Ch. XII “I know not if or not I am wrong, but since, by a particular favour of the divine bounty, a certain form of prayer has...

Duration:00:08:10

How Does Time Move? (Aquinas)

11/5/2020
Visit: drecarlan.com Contact: thesummitstudyhall [at] gmail [dot] com Material referenced: “God knows all things; not only things actual but also things possible to Him and creature; and since some of these are future contingent to us, it follows that God knows future contingent things.” -Summa theologiae, Question 14, Article 13 “Now God knows all contingent things not only as they are in their causes, but also as each one of them is actually in itself. And although contingent things...

Duration:00:08:46

What is Beauty? (Aquinas)

11/4/2020
Visit: drecarlan.com Contact: thesummitstudyhall [at] gmail [dot] com Material referenced: “The beautiful is the same as the good, and they differ in aspect only. For since good is what all seek, the notion of good is that which calms the desire; while the notion of the beautiful is that which calms the desire, by being seen or known. Consequently those senses chiefly regard the beautiful, which are the most cognitive, sight and hearing, as ministering to reason; for we speak of beautiful...

Duration:00:08:43