John Calvin famously called human nature an "idol factory." This seems to be self-evidently true. We are always creating for ourselves objects or ideas to venerate. If that's true, then it is also true that we are always creating for ourselves new religions. A religion, to put it very simply, is a set of beliefs … Continue reading religion and cancel culture
This is my second post on theology and politics. You can read the first one here. I got several complaints about my politics survey. The second most common complaint was that I only used a 4 point Likert scale instead of a 5 point scale. This was very much on purpose because neutral answers are … Continue reading is christianity political?
**Just so there's no confusion, Bill Hybels is not Hitler.** I was recently doing some light reading on anti-natalism. If you don't know what that is, anti-natalism is a perky little philosophy that argues procreation is inherently bad and it would have been far better if none of us had ever been born. Therefore refraining … Continue reading godfather problem: learning arithmetic from hitler
A couple of weeks ago my son and I boarded a plane to Boston. I had an empty week in my schedule and airline miles burning a hole in my pocket, so I decided it was time to take Logan to a game at Fenway. We would spend some time with one of my best … Continue reading godfather problem: why your plane is probably not going to crash
the inconvenience of awe Magna opera Domini exquisita in omnes voluntates ejus. This is the Latin inscription that was placed in the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge in 1871. It is a quote from Psalm 111. "Great are the works of the Lord, sought out by all who take pleasure therein." It was in this famous … Continue reading if only there were some evidence
What do Friedrich Nietzsche, David Hume, Bertrand Russell, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Arthur Schopenhauer, Thomas Hobbes, Jean Meslier, Voltaire, Jean d'Alembert, Baron d'Holbach, Ludwig Feuerbach, Samuel Butler, Sigmund Freud, H.G. Wells, John Toland, Robert Taylor, Richard Carlile, Albert Ellis, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens all have in common? Well, actually … Continue reading oh father, where art thou
I just finished grading my last final exam. Another semester officially in the books. And now it is time to turn my attention to other, more festive thoughts. Like the end of the world. I hate to be the Christmas Shoes to your Wonderful Christmastime, but it's true. It might be zombies, or slaughterbots, or zombie … Continue reading what’s more annoying than the end of the world?
This post is going to be self-referential in a way that I swore to not indulge when I started this blog, but because this issue came up on a recent Every Thought Captive podcast and because I didn't answer the question very well I decided to write something up. Yes, from time to time, I have … Continue reading why talk to atheists on twitter?
First, a quick life update. I'm currently in California catching some baseball games and also in my free time taking some classes at Talbot School of Theology beginning my long slog through the DMin process. It's been fun and challenging so far. I've learned so much about how truly dumb I am. It's been great! … Continue reading oh, ricky