Thursday, September 28, 2023

On Medium: The Mysterious Timing of Trump’s Ascent

Here's an article about excessive Democratic civility, the slowing of social progress, the harsh reality of politics, and how to explain that Trumpism is happening now to the US.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

On Medium: The Irony of Jesus’s Short-Lived Victory Over Rome

Read on about the double irony of Jesus's relationship to the Roman Empire, and the irrelevance of the Church’s theological elaborations on Jesus’s social message.

Monday, September 25, 2023

On Medium: Selling Superstardom with the Myth of the Hero’s Journey

Here's an article about the clash between the model of adventure and the Pareto principle, and how the myth of the hero's journey is propaganda for the minority of superstars.

Friday, September 22, 2023

My Eighth Anthology is Available on Amazon

My eighth paperback and eBook anthology, Questing for Epiphanies in a Haunted House, is out on Amazon. Collecting around 600 pages from my recent Medium articles (99 articles, to be exact), the anthology is wide-ranging, covering topics in philosophy, theism, Christianity, secularism, and broader social issues.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

On Medium: Sex: The Kryptonite for All High-Minded Saviours

Read on about the clash between our animal bodies and our higher calling, and how we can escape personal hypocrisy only to be mocked by our collective vulgarity.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

On Medium: The Miracle of Human Ideals in the Cosmic Wasteland

Read on about how the shocking misnomer of scientific “laws of nature” leads us to underestimate the strangeness of our ability to improve on natural facts.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

On Medium: The Trump Cult and the Albatrosses Around America’s Neck

Here's an article about Southern racism, religious fundamentalism, the backlash against modernity, and how the Trump cult embodies the barriers the US faces to its modernization.

Monday, September 18, 2023

On Medium: Syntheism and the Prospect of a Spiritual Atheistic Religion

Read on about the Syntheistic movement to start an atheistic religion in the West, and whether we should revere or resent nature in co-creating with the universe.

Thursday, September 14, 2023

On Medium: How Africa’s Climate Bakes its Ethnic Divisions

Read on about precolonial African tribalism, the luxury of grand unifying myths in temperate climates, and how the geological environment can shape a region's political situation.

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

On Medium: Should We Scale Back Civilization to Protect All Terrestrial Life?

Here's an article that meets the challenge of deep ecology with an existential perspective, weighing humanistic progress against the question of all organisms' substantial, inherent value.