Some Thoughts on Dolezal

I like to keep an eye on Thomists. In my estimation, Thomism affords the most intellectually rigorous system of thought for monotheists. That isn’t to say that Thomism is true or reasonable, only that I think if one insists on being monotheist, they ought to be a Thomist. Whether there is anything to that opinion or not however, Thomism fundamentally starts out on the wrong foot, and so takes as its first principle something which is not truly first. As a result, everything thereafter rests on a ground that offers no support, and so what may appear at first to […]

Reincarnation: Whether vs. How

We’ll take a look at some objections to reincarnation in this post. My hope is not only to give some helpful advice to those who encounter these objections, but to flesh out some of the ideas we’ve been working with in previous posts as well. Let me start by saying that it’s okay to know that reincarnation occurs without knowing why it does or how it works. Almost all of our knowledge – if not all of it – is to some degree or other like this: who among those with even the most profound understanding of why and how […]

Hidden Assumptions: Feser and Polytheism

I had planned on continuing a philosophical look into reincarnation for this month’s blog post. However, philosopher Edward Feser took the time to engage a question of mine, and I believe that by responding, it may be possible for a polytheist-monotheist dialogue to open up. Forgive the detour, but I think it may well be worth it! Consider the following propositions: That which is divine cannot be an instance of any kind. There are many Gods. Some thinkers will look at (1) and (2) and see a contradiction. Why? For them, in order for there to be a plurality, there […]

Some Thoughts on Reincarnation

We’re going to start tackling the subject of reincarnation: what it involves and why anyone should think it occurs. I honestly feel that this subject could be covered endlessly with new insights and considerations. We’re just going to scratch the surface today. But, what I’d like to do first is use some of the concepts we’ve recently fleshed out and return to the question of what it is to incarnate in the first place, or, in other words, what is it for one to take on a body? From here, we’ll find — in the swift manner I seem to […]

A Response to Edward Feser

I first met Proclus through the writings of Edward Butler. I still remember reading Edward’s Polytheism and Individuality in the Henadic Manifold for the first time. He says “In his Platonic Theology, Proclus states that ‘all that have ever touched upon theology have called things first according to nature, Gods; and have said that the theological science concerns these.’ He goes on to explain that since, for some, what ranks first is the corporeal, the Gods are for such as these a certain kind of body. Proclus intends the Stoics here. Others, he continues, regard soul as primary. For these, […]

On The Disenchantment of the World

We touched on something in the last post that may as well be called the convertibility thesis. This thesis holds that individuality and ineffability are convertible with one another, so that both just refer to the same thing in different ways. To return to our analogy with language, individuality is like just saying the subject of a sentence whereas ineffability makes it clear that the subject as such contains no predicates to be described by. The convertibility thesis does a lot of work in a number of different fields. Take philosophical anthropology for an example – which is slightly broader […]

Some Thoughts on Ineffability and Henosis

Linguistically, subjects are described by predicates. It might seem then that if you were to look at a subject without any predicates whatsoever, it would be literally indescribable. Description after all just is predication, and so it is a categorical mistake to try and describe a subject without using predicates: we cannot describe subjects with subjects. The statement “Jack is Jill” does not predicate Jill of Jack. If anything, it identifies the two. Insofar as description is just predication and plurality involves predicating one thing of many, grammatically plural subjects will be descriptive. As such, if we really are to […]

“From the Gods to Divination”, Walking the Worlds 3.2 (Summer 2017), 16-22.

This summer’s issue of Walking the Worlds is out and is all about divination. It features a short piece from me called “From the Gods to Divination” (although my name is spelled with a ‘v’, I’ve always thought the ‘ph’ looks more distinguished 😛 ), wherein I attempt to deduce the reality of divination by thinking about what the Gods are like. Many thanks to all those who work so hard to make this journal happen, and a big thanks to Edward Butler who has challenged me and helped me to grow with the Gods in so many ways. Be […]

Stay In Your Own Lane Monotheism

The condition in which we leave polytheism is the condition in which the next generation will find it. By comparison to the responsibilities and opportunities that we have to and with our traditions, answering objections to polytheism may not seem all that important. But, it is. Some polytheists have and will struggle, not only to understand polytheism – which affects the life of devotion – but even to believe it. This can be especially true for those whose devotions are not well established and only all the more so if they are subjugated to the psychological manipulations of aggressive evangelization, but also […]

Cooperative Disagreement: A Tip for Apologetics

Whether it’s on the interwebs, over the phone or in person, chances are that at some point you’ll come across the opportunity to discuss religion with a monotheist. It could be with family, friends, co-workers or even complete strangers: monotheism tends toward proselytism as it is, and is so taken for granted that it can be brought up in just about any situation without fear of awkwardness – at least less so than admitting that you’re not a monotheist. I work in the medical field, and there it is particularly commonplace to be drawn into conversations about “God” or heaven, […]