Is God proud of both what we are (nature) and who we are (our moral character)? At the end of our life, will God say the same thing He said to His only Beloved Son?
Subsidiarity and Solidarity are the two governing principles that always need to exist within a tension. Generally when things get "polarized" in the Church or the world is when one is stressed over another.
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This particular podcast involves a discussion about anger. Check it out!
Intimacy with God is something Jesus came to give us by allowing us to share in His own Sonship with the Father. Intimacy is a deepening of reverence towards God, but the type that turns to Him with all our heart as a loving "Abba."
Jennifer Lawrence recently offered a brief reflection on why she is leaning on the side of disbelief in the afterlife. She believes this doctrine has been cultivated by humanity's propensity to be narcissistic, and therefore considers it as possibly a convention made to sooth our egotistic belief that we are special and are owed eternal life.
How do we as philosophers and Christians respond to this?