Andrew Furst

Nobody Has All the Answers – Dialectic Two Step

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If you enjoyed this post,  please like and share. Dialectic Two-Step  is an ongoing series of my thoughts on questions that come my way. Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two. – Octavio Get Each Month’s Dialectic Two Step In Your Email Box Dialectic Two Step, Modern Koans, Verse Us, Say What?, and Minute Meditations all copyright Andrew Furst

Remembering Past Lives? – Dialectic Two Step

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Question: How is the remembrance of past lives compatible with anatta? Rebirth makes sense in the context of dependent arising and conditionality. We humans exist dependent on conditions. Everything had to come together to shape us. But Buddha remembered past lives instead of the conditions that made us born human (water, sun, soil, food, …). Does this make sense? Response: My opinion is that remembering past lives doesn’t make sense. Memory is a function of the brain. The brain stores data and synthesizes consciousness in remarkably complex and rich ways….read more

Are Atheists and Agnostics Illogical Regarding the Spiritual Realm? – Dialectic Two Step

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Question: Are atheists and agnostics illogical regarding the spiritual realm? Response: It depends. I presume that you’re talking about the truth or falsity of arguments about the existence of the spiritual realm. First a few points about logic. Logic applies to arguments An argument is logical or illogical based on its form. Not based on the truth of its assumptions. For example, you can have an argument that has all true assumptions, but still be illogical – e.g. a horse has four legs, some horses are brown, therefore there are…read more

Have Smartphones Made Us Happier? – Dialectic Two-Step

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I would argue that if we look for happiness in smartphones, we’re doing it wrong. Happiness – a temporary thing – can come in two ways: The world lines up with our preferences (we get what we want or we avoid what we don’t want).  How often does this happen? We line up with the way the world is. This happens when we acknowledge that things don’t always work out the way we want and recognize that we can have a meaningful life if we avoid wallowing in disappointment If…read more

Can You Recognize Evidence For God? – Dialectic Two Step

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Question: If you don’t know who or what God is, how will you recognize evidence for God? Response: Do you need to have knowledge of God in order to prove that God exists? <robot voice>alert, alert. you have successfully engaged the logic game, if you wish to play, your success requires that you follow the rules. If you break them, you need to accept correction or defeat.</robot voice> A claim of belief by one person or even a group of people does not constitute evidence. To make knowledge claim carries with it…read more

Maybe It’s That Day? – Dialectic Two Step

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If you enjoyed this post,  please like and share. Dialectic Two-Step  is an ongoing series of my thoughts on questions that come my way. Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two. – Octavio Get Each Month’s Dialectic Two Step In Your Email Box Dialectic Two Step, Modern Koans, Verse Us, Say What?, and Minute Meditations all copyright Andrew Furst

Are American Christians Being Persecuted? – Dialectic Two Step

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Question: What makes American Christians, in general, believe that they are being persecuted? Response: They’ve seen, over the past 400 years, the pendulum of history moving away from them on social hot button issues. I see this as more a conservative political block crying wolf. While I have no faith in the articles of the Nicaean creed, much of what the Christian teachings remain at the center of what this country is about. While the relentless edge of the constitution is carving off the irrelevant influences of the Christian religion…read more

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