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Paul Edward, “The Meaning and Value in Life”

In “The Meaning and Value of Life” (1967) Paul Edwards (to whom we have already been introduced) notes that many religious thinkers argue that life cannot have meaning unless our lives are part of a divine plan and that at least some humans achieve eternal bliss. Continue reading Paul Edward, “The Meaning and Value in Life”

Breaking news – Illegal for women to end unwanted pregnancy – Religious fanaticism prevails!

The USA now joins a list of countries that includes: Abkhazia, Afghanistan, Bahrain, BangladeshEl Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, IraqKiribati, Libya, Madagascar, Nicaragua, Papua New GuineaParaguayPhilippines, Senegal, SomaliaSouth SudanSri Lanka, Suriname, Syria, Tonga, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

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Klemke “Living Without Appeal”

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E.D. Klemke (1926-2000) taught for more than twenty years at Iowa State University. He was a prolific editor and one of his best known collections is The Meaning of Life: A Reader, first published in 1981. The following summary is of his 1981 essay: “Living Without Appeal: An Affirmative Philosophy of Life.” I find it one of the most profound pieces in the literature. Continue reading Klemke “Living Without Appeal”