Monday, April 19, 2021

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Interview and Infantilization Article

I did an email interview with a writer, Sarah Simon, who came across my Medium articles on cultural infantilization, and her article which includes a broader discussion of the phenomenon along with my interpretations of it can be found here.

Friday, April 16, 2021

On Medium: The Oversupply and Triviality of All Natural Beings

An article on the naturalization of Plato’s pessimism about nature: scientific dualism, the oversupply of digital content, and the trivialization of abundant being.

You can find an earlier take on this idea in "Horror for the Codes of Creation."

Saturday, April 10, 2021

On Medium: Mathematics: An Intimidating Game

Read on about how philosophical doubts expose the effrontery of math textbooks, and how mathematical rules are game-like, contrary to the platonic conceits.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

On Medium: Secular Dominance and the Endpoints of Interfaith Dialogue

Here's an article on how modernity triumphs over obsolete religions, and on the need for religions to syncretize a viable rival to secularism, neoliberalism, materialism, consumerism, and the like.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

On Medium: Why China’s Pragmatism Should Haunt the West

An exploration of Chinese secularism and reason which lack the West's Christian underpinnings, including our individualistic delusions of grandeur.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

On Medium: Romanticizing the Crudity of Sex

Read on about Gnosticism, courtly love, hypermodern disenchantment, and the stories we tell to redeem the grotesqueness of the sex act.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

On Medium: Edward Feser’s Casuistic Word Games and Bigotries

Join me on a tour of Edward Feser’s casuistic word games and bigotries as we sort through his circular proofs for theism and his condemnation of homosexuality. 

Here's an earlier tour in case you missed it.

Monday, March 22, 2021

On Medium: The God Complex and the Prospects of Technocracy

Here's an article that takes you from Republican anti-intellectualism to postmodern incredulity, with a stop along the way at the arrogance of medical doctors and politicians.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Thursday, March 18, 2021

On Medium: American Paranoia and the Modern Legacy of Nihilism

Read on about Machiavellian centrism, the secret weariness of progressives and Trumpian conservatives, and how American politics is nihilistic despite all the hot air.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

On Medium: The Gimmick of Game Theory’s Deflation of Morality

Here's an article on why morality isn't as rational as game theory suggests, and why we shouldn't think of morality as prudence or as the result of bargaining or technocratic calculations.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

On Medium: Individuality: A Burden of Elites and Paupers

Here's an article on why reason, autonomy, and creativity aren’t for everyone, and the freedom that makes for individuality is for social outsiders, for the elites and paupers.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

On Medium: Conservatism's Hollowness and the Ruse of the Political Spectrum

Here's an article on Roger Scruton, the oxymoron of "conservative thought," and why conservatism is best thought of as an instinct, not as an idea, since the idea of conservatism refutes itself.

Monday, February 22, 2021

On Medium: Why We’re All Spellbound by Myths

Here's an article on how the myth of the self makes us susceptible to religious and to secular fictions, and how those fictions are politicized, as in the case of Christian literalism.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

On Medium: The Dread of Pantheistic Enlightenment

An article on whether transhuman enlightenment will be required to manage the pantheistic upshot of naturalism and to recapture the prehistoric animist's sense of wonder.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Sunday, February 14, 2021

On Medium: Know Yourself and Renounce Self-Help Therapy

Read on about enlightened humility, the audacity of therapy culture, and why we shouldn't oversimplify the self's nature or expect easy answers in life.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

A Critique of Libertarian Self-Ownership

Here's an article on personal freedom, morality, the market, and our existential predicament.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Thursday, February 4, 2021

On Medium: The Christian Ethos and the Primacy of Aesthetic Meaning

This article extrapolates from Yuval Harari's comparison between organized religions and business corporations, to deal with the fictions of our collective and personal brands.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

On Medium: The Clash of Progressive and Evangelical Christianity

An article on why neither kind of Christianity is on safe ground, since progressive Christianity slides into secular humanism, and the evangelical kind is obtuse and self-refuting.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

On Medium: Democratizing Decadence: From Monarch to Liberated Everyman

Read on about whether democracy is wise or foolish in breaking nature's quarantine, by potentially corrupting us all with a king's power of sovereignty over ourselves.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

On Medium: The Fake Religion Behind Trump’s Fake Presidency

Another article in a series of examinations of pro-Trump evangelicalism. This one's on how not to weasel out of the reckoning for evangelical Christianity, and it's a twofer.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

On Medium: Americanized Christianity: A Galaxy Apart from Jesus

Another article in a series that exposes the nationalistic propaganda and lack of spirituality or existential gravitas in evangelical Christian apologetics, as in the case of Tom Gilson's writings.

Friday, January 15, 2021

On Medium: The Casuistry of Burke’s Moderate Conservatism

Another in a series of articles on the emptiness of conservative philosophy. This one's on how, contrary to the casuistry of Burke's conservatism, natural societies have no divine approval, and Christianity provides no reliable basis for social reform.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

On Medium: Can Christians and Atheists Disagree in Good Faith?

Read on to see how a contemptible religion can have sane and moral members. 

This is in reply to the "thinking Christian" Tom Gilson's Stream article that picked up from our earlier debate on his blog.

Monday, January 11, 2021

On Medium: A Flaw in Matt Dillahunty’s Atheism

A critique of Dillahunty's atheism and of the science-centered assumption that religion should be evidentiary as opposed to fundamentallylike all other worldviews.

Friday, January 8, 2021

On Medium: Sources of the Trumpian Ethos

In light of the Capitol Hill riot, read on about cultish zeal, warped Christianity, and the emasculation of white America, that is, about the sources of Trumpian conservatism.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

On Medium: Why is Murder Abhorrent?

As late-modernists, can we still justify our revulsion for murder? Read on as I play devil's advocate and take apart most of the reasons we'd likely offer.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

On Medium: The Orwellian Ruse of the Political Apology

This article is about how, judging from the content of their apologies, we pretend that the worst politicians can do is commit an innocent, absentminded mistake. We minimize their inherent vice. 

Friday, January 1, 2021

On Medium: Is Jesus’s Character Miraculous?

A refutation of the underlying argument in the Evangelical Christian Tom Gilson's book, Too Good to be False.