There is a need to make sense of life and living - a need to find meaning and coherence amid all the chaotic occurrences of our lives.
Often this may seem like trying to arrange pieces of a puzzle that do not fit together, and this can lead to frustration - and even to depression and despair.
The first step in the process of trying to make sense of our lives involves the realization that all of our decisions and actions are imbued with philosophical content. In other words, each reflects the outworking of our own personal philosophy – however muddied or unclear this might seem to us at the time.
In short, bad decisions are made for a reason. Hurtful actions are also made for a reason. And senseless patterns are repeated for a reason.
One important goal of philosophical practice is to help individuals examine these reasons so that they can better understand the philosophical framework within which they are (often unknowingly) working. The content of this framework can then be critically evaluated for sense and coherence.
Another important goal is to help individuals understand some central areas of concern in life where conceptual clarity is needed.
I have included a general section on common issues as well as a section on issues for Christians in order to provide a description of areas of concentration that are often explored.
I wish you all the best, and please remember: God's posture toward each of us is always one of tenderness and compassion, because anything opposed to this disposition is "strange" and "alien" to His benevolent heart of love (Isa. 28:21; 1 Jn. 4:8).
I hope that each of you understands and appreciates the power of this life-changing truth from the Word of God.