Orthogonal Complexity

Multiple dimensions inanimal colouration

by Peter Grice

Something resembling Christianity must be true, in my view, due to a pervasive phenomenon I'd like to call orthogonal complexity. It is distinct from two related concepts, irreducible complexity and specified complexity, as elaborated below.

All three concepts fall under the general category of teleology. Telos is a mode of explanation described by Aristotle, where a physical object or system has a purpose that exists in prior causal relation to its features of form and function. In other words, its traits serve the interests of a goal.

Embers & Ashes

Rethinking your faithin the midst of doubt

by Peter Grice

If you are one of the many Christians struggling with doubt, then congratulations, you're perfectly normal.

You may not feel normal.  Increasingly, you may feel displaced among your Christian friends, and even a bit phony for still conforming to their expectations.  Their confidence seems to come so effortlessly, and while you remain fluent in the language of faith, your mind takes secret excursions into the realm of doubt.  If they only knew!

What is TELOS, now that we need it?

A reflectionon the need for the TELOS Program

by Peter Grice

I vividly recall the day, as a teenager, that I read the first chapter of Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis.

So provoked was I to contemplation that I couldn't tell you whether I even read any further.

What captured my interest so well was the observation that our language in unguarded moments might reveal our deepest convictions – although we may be reluctant to take ownership of those beliefs. Provocatively, the kinds of matters that surface are the ones we consider most important.

Chaos in the Classroom

A contemporary dialogue

by Peter Grice

Recently, some friends related a conversation that took place in a local high school classroom, in which the basis for moral values was being discussed.

While the class was talking about a particular moral issue, a student named Alister chimed in with a popular view that something is only wrong if it contradicts a person's own “moral code.”  If we do something we believe is morally good or neutral, he implied, who could possibly find fault with that?  It's not up to other people to tell us what to believe.