Month: April 2015

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Epistemology and Practice: Thoughts

One of my chief interests in philosophy has always been epistemology. I even wrote a really bad paper in high school about whether or not one could know religious truths (it has thankfully been lost to the sands of time). For those who do not know, the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy defines epistemology as Defined …

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The thing about sin

The thing about sin is that it is so pernicious. It is both alien and completely habitual and enculturated. Sin is alien in the respect that it feels shameful and is shocking when we see it. Sin is habitual and enculturated in that the beliefs, habits of thought, and habits of body that lead to …

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The Outsider Test for Logic

A quasi-famous thought experiment which is intended to show why any particular religion is silly is the “Outsider Test for Faith.” I think it was developed by John Loftus. I think that it is very clever. It may even be the best argument against Christianity I have ever heard. What I’ve enjoyed the most about …

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John’s Apocalypse and Missing the Point

When the book of Revelation is read by Christians today, it is often read as a pastiche of horrifying portents, full stop. Whether this is a wise reading or not, I’ll leave that to others to determine. But it is, most certainly, a truncated and incomplete reading. The author of Revelation actually makes this claim: …

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Speculative Theology and Universal Creatorship

I had lunch with a friend yesterday to talk to him about, among other things, a video game he is programming. He mentioned this thought experiment that came to him in the process: Every hypothetical universe that would allegedly be as good or better than this one has a creator, even completely random ones created …

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Music Monday: Tuesday Edition

Yesterday I had Diff-EQ homework and lesson plans to write and I forgot to post this. But one of the coolest songs I have ever heard is In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3 by Coheed and Cambria. The song is a embedded in a multi-volume space opera style sci-fi epic. When I first heard …

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The slippery slope argument is a fallacy they said.

A few days ago, I read that an article had been published in a peer-reviewed journal two years back which argued that post-birth abortion wasn’t really infanticide. I thought that things were surely exaggerated. I really hoped that the article was written as a piece of speculative ethics meant to say, “If we accept ‘a’, …