Jordan Franck is an educator and a professional photographer. We discuss his departure from Christianity, what led to that, and what he holds to now.
Hugh Hunter has a Phd in the History of Philosophy from the University of Toronto. He was a Post-Doc at Humboldt Universität, Berlin, and has taught philosophy at seven universities.
Mark Mercer is Professor of Philosophy, President of Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship, and a public intellectual.
Scott Masson is Associate Professor of English Literature and a public intellectual.
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I was surprised when my historian friend informed me that, unlike our American counterparts, Canada doesn't legally have separation of church and government because of its connection to the British monarchy. As "Defender of the Faith," the reigning monarch is the head of both institutions--church and state. Canada's Church is symbolically protected as a member of the Commonwealth.
One of the greatest challenges of the spiritual life, the study of theology, and the work of philosophy is when the expected is absent or silent. Some have talked about the problems of evil as problems of absence – of the lack of health, or protection from harm, or even apparent meaning in the cascade of pain that we experience and witness. Another expectation is seen in the problem of divine hiddenness.