Wednesday, January 29, 2020

On Medium: The Curse of Outer Beauty

Read this article to explore the mystery of why sexy or rich people aren't all Buddhists; after all, they have no reason to care if they meet with any setback in the romantic department, since they can always find a replacement partner.

Monday, January 27, 2020

On Medium: Morality after Trump's Desecration of America

If a monster can win everything in life, why be good? Read this article to explore what morality might be after President Trump's desecration of American values.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

On Medium: Trump’s America is Un-American

What happens when the law can't handle the perfect monster? Read this article for some sobering lessons of Trump's "presidency."

Thursday, January 23, 2020

On Medium: Christianity’s Betrayal of the Axial Age

This article is about how the influence of Roman conservatism on Christianity drove that religion to betray the radical spirituality of the Axial Age. For more on this connection, see Christianity and the Axial Age.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

On Medium: Religious Faith in Scriptural Fiction

This article is about how propaganda spoils the magic of religious fiction, preventing later generations of readers from suspending their disbelief and enjoying scriptural tales with childlike awe. 

Sunday, January 19, 2020

On Medium: God, Idols, and the Incoherence of Secularism

This article address addresses Christian and theistic presuppositionalism, the views that Christianity is the only coherent worldview and that secular worldviews are all incoherent. It turns out there's a kernel of truth in the latter view.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

On Medium: Real by Definition: The Ontological Proof of God

What happens when we take our concepts too seriously? As this article explains, we think we can define God into existence. But the subtext of the "ontological proof of God" is that God and idols may be socially and psychologically necessary.

Friday, January 10, 2020

On Medium: When Reasons Run Out: The Cosmological Argument for God

Next up in the series is this article on the cosmological proof of God's existence. Here I try to make sense of the nature of a First Cause and of any "argument" that posits such a pseudo-thing. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

On Medium: Self-Evolving Nature and the Design Argument for God

This article on the essential problems with the design argument for God's existence is the first in a series on the arguments for theism, which will be followed by a series on some problems with secularism. 

Monday, January 6, 2020

On Medium: What's more Absurd, God or Godless Nature?

God is absurd and so is godless nature. As this article shows, we're stuck between the bad fiction of religious scripture and the monstrousness of a mindlessly-physical universe. We should focus, then, on ending our happy-talk and developing a transhuman mindset to overcome this debacle.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

On Medium: The Spectrum of Collective Escapes from Reality

From religion to science and technology, this article is about our childish and adult escapes from the existential confrontation with the horrors of natural reality.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

On Medium: Masculinity and Outsider Virtues

This article is about masculinity and its so-called toxic variety, the latter being just the primitive alphaness that eventually shows through, thanks to how the concentration of social power in a leader's hands tends to corrupt the leader. The article thus asks whether we should prefer to follow masculine dominators or alienated losers.