Deeper Thinking

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The Foundations of Reality

By William B. Stoecker

Most people go through their entire lives without giving any thought to philosophy or pondering the basic nature of reality. These seem, to most, to be impractical, abstract studies, of no importance to them. And yet many people, particularly many in the scientific community, do subscribe to a basic philosophy, without ever thinking about it or really even being aware of it. Their philosophy is materialism; they believe that the basic foundation of reality is matter, or, in the parlance of modern physics, mass/energy/space/time, the…

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Worlds Without End

By William B. Stoecker

Almost every society and every people in human history have believed in other worlds—not just other planets in our universe but, in a sense, other universes. Christians believe in Heaven and Hell (and some believe in Purgatory) and, although a few Christians have always believed that Hell was literally underground, most believe Heaven to be “above” only in a metaphorical sense. These are commonly seen as spiritual realms, inhabited by souls no longer confined to bodies, realms that could share our space without our being…

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