HT: John Depoe
You really owe it to yourself to read this story. Apparently, the pastor realized the paradox of calling the church offering “free-will offerings” and physically burned them, since they were “Lucifer’s collection” (by the way, the offering was initially collected for a visiting choir group from Liberty Univ.). From here on out at Hartford Community Church the offering collection will be referred to as “election collections.”
With papers due and final exams on the way, we here at Summaphilosophiae are in a sour mood. The following is a heartfelt vent:
1. After devoting 2hrs to a close reading of Heidegger, you realize that you have no idea what you’ve just read.
2. That sinking feeling you get when you’ve spent the last five minutes in class insisting to the professor that Aristotle did hold such-and-such a view and then he opens the text and shows you that Aristotle held the opposite.
3. Your wife refuses to understand that Plato has priority over house-hold responsibilities.
4. It’s always during the most intense debates that you can’t seem to remember those killer arguments your prof. had mentioned in class.
5. For every philosophical view, there seems to be an equal and opposite philosophical view.
6. Similarly, for every intelligible philosophical view, there is an equal and opposite Heideggerian view.
7. You’ve finally worked up the courage and proceed to challenge your professor’s position, but your fellow classmates refuse to come to your aid, letting you go down in flames.
8. The awkward silence and blank stares that follow when well-meaning lay persons ask you to explain the thesis that you are writing, and you oblige.
10. The last two weeks of the semester.
Douglas Groothuis, professor of philosophy at Denver Seminary, has a hilarious post on his blog. You definitely need to check it out!
If you’re like me and sometimes have trouble distinguishing synthetic propositions from analytic ones then maybe this submission from a philosophy student’s paper will help. I quote:
“All husbands have heads” is synthetic and “all wives are are married” is analytic. We never see a husband without a head. However it is possible for us to imagine a husband with no head. He may be being kept alive by a system of tubes and motors and was able to marry. This man would still be a man like any other, but headless.
See, now that clears everything up well doesn’t it?