Category Archives: New Inklings

The Hobbit is a Biblically Inspired Story

[Guest post by Julian Crawford, Leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party.] It is well known that J.R.R. Tolkien was a devout Christian, who attended church daily and was responsible for bringing fellow author C.S. Lewis to faith. What is … Continue reading

Posted in 1 Kings, 1 Samuel, 2 Kings, Antisemitism, C S Lewis, Catholicism, Corruption, Daniel, Dinosaurs, Economics, Islam, King James Bible, Materialism, New Inklings, Old Testament, Proverbs, Psalms, Riddles, Satan Laughing Spreads His Wings, Song of Songs | 1 Comment

What is rationality? (Part 1)

It’s been a while, but tomorrow night The New Inklings meet again! The time is 7 pm. The place is the Downtown House Bar and Cafe at the Downtown Backpackers, corner of Bunny Street and Waterloo Quay, Wellington. We discuss … Continue reading

Posted in Ayn Rand, Entombed, Logic, New Inklings, Religious Toleration | 12 Comments

Who are you?

At tomorrow night’s meeting of the New Inklings, the paper for discussion is Derek Parfit’s classic Personal Identity, first published in The Philosophical Review in 1971. Here’s a teaser from Wikipedia. Parfit uses many examples seemingly inspired by Star Trek … Continue reading

Posted in Black Sabbath, Metaphysics, New Inklings, Personal Identity, Philosophy | 4 Comments

Concerning the notion of Liberty, and of moral Agency.

The plain and obvious meaning of the words Freedom and Liberty, in common speech, is The power, opportunity, or advantage, that any one has, to do as he pleases. Or in other words, his being free from hindrance or impediment … Continue reading

Posted in Free will, Freedom, New Inklings | 22 Comments

Theism, Atheism, and Rationality

This post is the third in a series of classic philosophy papers. Theism, Atheism, and Rationality is a paper by renowned Christian philosopher Alvin Plantinga. Uncoincidentally, this paper is the recommended reading for tomorrow’s meeting of the New Inklings. šŸ™‚ … Continue reading

Posted in Epistemology, New Inklings, Philosophy | 3 Comments

The New Inklings

Earlier today I spent an enjoyable couple of hours and couple of beers with Glenn Peoples (of Say Hello to my Little Friend) at the Trax Bar and Cafe discussing philosophy, theology, politics and life in general. We agreed that … Continue reading

Posted in C S Lewis, New Inklings, Philosophy, Theism | 3 Comments