Robert Velarde Archive

Guru Knows Best?

The influx of Eastern religious influence on Western culture is nothing new. Self-proclaimed gurus of one sort or another have long sought to export and sometimes repackage their ideologies for broader audiences. In 1893, for instance, the World Parliament of Religions, held in Chicago, introduced Westerners to Swami Vivekananda, while Swami Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of […]

Personal Power or Harmful Hedonism?

“Trusting experts blindly is not well-advised. Don’t blindly accept everything I say, either!”1 – Anthony Robbins Standing at six feet, seven inches, Anthony “Tony” Robbins is an imposing figure. His overly large hands and feet, the result of a medical condition, make him appear somewhat awkward. But as he takes the stage, it is clear […]

One Savior, Many Paths?

Does Jesus offer the only way of salvation? What about those who have never heard about Christ? Can someone be saved without directly hearing the gospel? “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ,” reads Romans 10:17 (NIV), from which the title to Faith Comes by […]

Good Philosophy Must Exist

Not long after the advent of World War II, C. S. Lewis delivered a message wherein he said, “Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.”1 But was C. S. Lewis, the popular writer of works such as Mere Christianity and the Narnia series, a philosopher? Not […]

Ghosts for the Atheist

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume32, number3 (2009). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: In an essay responding to a debate on the existence of God, Dallas Willard uses the phrase, “ontologically haunted universe,” adding, “It is haunted by unnerving possibilities.”1 Willard suggests […]

Immanuel Kant

Synopsis Immanuel Kant was a philosopher who critiqued the traditional view of epistemology (the study of knowledge) and sought a compromise between rationalism and empiricism. Rather than primarily or exclusively relying on human reason or experience to arrive at truth, Kant instead sought a philosophical synthesis of these approaches. In so doing, Kant’s philosophy resulted […]