Tag: a-theology

Bible, Christianity

On the Accumulation of Tradition in Christianity

Nicholas Taleb helps us understand why tradition is helpful:: Consider the role of heuristic (rule-of-thumb) knowledge embedded in traditions. Simply, just as evolution operates on individuals, so does it act on these tacit, unexplainable rules of thumb transmitted through generations— what Karl Popper has called evolutionary epistemology. But let me change Popper’s idea ever so slightly …

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James Chastek nails it on Being as such

How can God not be a being among beings? In one sense first member of a causal series is a part of the series, but in another sense it isn’t. If ABCD causes something, then A is obviously 1/4 of all the causes you have, but we don’t think about it that way. We don’t …

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Thoughts on Faith

In Christian thought, faith often has three distinct meanings: Belief that something is true (see James 2). Complete loyalty and trust in/to a person, idea, or group (see Galatians and the gospels). ‘the faith’ means the body of Christian beliefs and practices handed down by tradition. “The faith” in meaning three, is a tradition and …

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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 …