Discuss Life and Religion with Tan Tai Wei


Tan Tai Wei


I am 68, having spent a very large part of my life thinking about, trying to contribute, and having contributed in some small ways, to understanding the nature of persons in relation to life’s meaning and world religions, especially Christianity.

My job, prior to retirement, was teaching philosophy in teacher education. My contributions to the said understanding was published as two short academic books distributed mainly to libraries mostly in America, and as a number of papers in philosophical journals published in Australia, Britain and America, mostly done in my much younger years, much of which was used in a dissertation for which I obtained the Ph D in Philosophy examined by Kenneth Rankin and the late Eugene Kamenka, both then holding chairs in philosophy at Australian National University. The two books were well reviewed, one by Antony Flew, the other Brian Hill of Australia. One of the papers has been reprinted twice in two collections of essays published in America, and two others are referred in the article on their subject in the Stamford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and in a couple of American books.

The themes discussed in those works included the meaning and nature of education, mind, freewill and deteminism, the problem of evil and pain, Christianity and world religions, punishment and the question about hell, the meaningfulness and justification of miracles, personal continuity and survival of bodily death and religion’s relation to morality.

In later years, I have benefited very much in my quest for knowledge and understanding of religion and Christianity from my readings of some real experts at living and worship, especially the works of the late British philosophers, HD Lewis and AC Ewing, and CH Dodd, notably the greatest Bible scholar of our times. A collection of the late Austin Farrer’s published sermons has been also my great teacher. I have learnt from and have been much inspired by reading Huston Smith, and some of John Hick’s works are never long forgotten.



Written by Tan Tai Wei

November 28, 2010 at 5:35 am

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