‘What Say You?” — Philosophical Musings with Dr. Barry Ferst (An Internet Dialogue)


“What Say You?” is a fun and casual internet-based philosophy in the community activity inspired by our belief that physical distancing need not equate to social distancing.  Each week philosopher Dr. Barry Ferst will share some of his philosophical musings on our Merlin Facebook page and invite readers to comment and discuss.

Ideas and dialogue can be shared in a variety of ways.  “What Say You?” is one way to do this and a casual means by which to explore philosophy with a guest scholar on-line. Think SNL’s “Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy”….only with somewhat more gravity (maybe).


Dr. Ferst’s academic career has been focused on the Greco-Roman Classical world view and its effect on Christianity and the Islamic faith.  His newest book, Stone Sarcophagi of the Roman Empire, documents the approximately 2,000 presently existing Roman Empire sarcophagi. Barry drove a hundred thousand miles across four continents in over fourteen expeditions searching out churches, cathedrals, baptistries, catacombs, archeological sites, art galleries, antiquities museums, necropoleis, classical gardens, castles, fortresses, palaces, and private homes–any place that had a Roman Empire era stone sarcophagus. Read more about it.

He has authored three other books, Montana: High Rise and HandsomeSunday Schools Sins, and Islam a Semester Study. Additionally, he has organized numerous inter-cultural and ecumenical events such as the 2015 program “American Muslim: Islam in America”, and is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities awards.  He teaches Ancient Philosophy, Islam: Philosophy and Culture, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Art and Beauty at Carroll College.

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