Tag: History

The Fall (and return) of Logical Positivism

So last week I began talking about logical positivism. It is, genuinely, the foundational philosophy for much of analytic philosophy that currently dominates philosophy departments in the US and UK. If you will recall, the logical positivist position can be boiled down to a single statement: “All meaningful statements are either analytic or empirical” I…

Church History Minute: Erasmus

Who was he? Erasmus Desiderius of Rotterdam was an early Dutch humanist (in the Christian sense) a priest and a theologian who lived from probably 1467 (the year is disputed) until 1536. He is often credited with “laying the egg that Luther hatched” though that may be a bit of too close a relationship. Why…

Church History Minute: John Wycliffe

Who was he? He was a 14th century priest around Britain and sometimes lecturer in theology at Oxford (it being the 14th century, these roles were not clearly defined). Wycliffe became increasingly critical of the Roman Catholic Church in his day, seeing the majority of it as largely corrupt or, at the very least, needlessly…

Church History Minute: Augustine

Who was he? I’m talking about Augustine of Hippo (the more famous one) not of Canterbury. Augustine of Hippo was a monk and later Bishop of Hippo (he was originally from Carthage). His early life was spent either in sinful living or involved with various cult or cult-like philosophical movements. Eventually he converted to Christianity…