Tuesday, April 15, 2008

let's talk.

french philosophy is sometimes a really loaded topic for me to think about. while researching ethical humanism and religious humanism, i stumbled across the wikipedia page for the cult of reason, a sect founded during the french revolution based on secularism and atheism. i don't necessarily agree with everything, but i think it's always a good idea to be aware of historical trends and ideas in philosophy to be well-rounded. apparently in 1793 Notre Dame Cathedral was briefly turned into a "temple of reason" and lady liberty replaced the virgin mary. interesting. it's unfortunate when pieces of historical art are destroyed senselessly, but there's something about the passion of destroying something beautiful that should be respected. someone had to feel something very powerful to carry out such an action, and that should not be taken lightly.

i've also come across some ideas about christian humanism, which is something i'd like to explore further. christianity is an unbelievably loaded idea with so many strings attached that i know i can never fully understand the meaning behind it all, but all this research makes me feel like i'm actually making an effort to not only understand the path that i've followed thus far, but the possibilities for future personal enlightenment.


1 comment:

Micah Moves said...

Do you ever order books from Amazon?

I started studying free thought and humanism a little while ago and bought a bunch of books on the subjects for just pennies.

Amazon is amazing like that.