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Conditional Propositions and False Brethren
by Hiram R. Diaz III It’s well known that some of the Lord Jesus’ harshest criticisms were those leveled against the Pharisees. This is because the Pharisees, on the one hand, made it their job to convince others of their belief in, as well as their practice of, Scriptural truth. Yet, on the other hand, the Pharisees lived in a way that demonstrated they didn’t really believe Scriptural truth. The greatest example of their disbelief in Scriptural truth was their rejection of the Lord Jesus as Messiah. As Christ explains to them –If you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me.1Christ contrasts their behavior – viz. their rejection of Jesus as Messiah – with their profession of faith – viz. belief in, as well as strict adherence to, Scriptural truth. Jesus makes it clear that one’s profession of faith entails logical/doctrinal and behavioral consequences.Consider, moreover, Christ’s parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30. In th…
By Good & Necessary Consequence - Everything is Meaningful
by Hiram R. Diaz III
Reading through Hegeltoday, I came across the philosopher’s beliefs on insanity. I was, for lack of a better word, triggered by what I read. I wasn’t offended by Hegel’s theory of insanity, but his belief that there can be anything in reality that is meaningless. Given that Hegel’s entire philosophical edifice rests upon the assumption that the “All” is by necessity comprised of all that historically preceded it’s formation, it seems to follow that Hegel cannot legitimately call any thing – be it an event, object, property, relation, etc – meaningless. For at the very least, what is eliminated through the dialectical process of history can be meaningfully identified as contradiction, and contradiction, for Hegel, is the driving force of the dialectical process. Raymond Plant explains that
For Hegel philosophy…has to be historical. Given that the nature of the human mind and its development …
Current Projects & An Update
by Hiram R. Diaz IIISo I've been kind of quiet online lately, but I haven't been absent. I'm working on a number of different projects - aesthetic and theological - that have required more direct engagement with ideas and texts with which I'm only relatively familiar. Here's a quick breakdown of what I've been working on - 1. Reacquainting myself with the philosophy of Hegel, in order to become better equipped at articulating how CRT & Social Justice Warriorism are built on conceptions of the self, society, morality, history, and theology thought up by White male Europeans.ReadingFritzman, J.M. Hegel (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2014), 224pp.
Needler, Martin. C. Identity, Interest, and Ideology: An Introduction to Politics (London: Praeger Publishers, 1996), 256pp.
Miscellaneous academic articles.
2. Studying axiology.
3. Researching philosophical trends correlative to the developing early church.
4. Creating music for another album to b…