Thursday, February 29, 2024

On Medium: Is Theology as Rational as Science or as Arbitrary as Art?

Read on about Richard Swinburne’s pseudoscientific defense of theism, and about the true status of philosophy as a discipline that stands between science and art.

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

On Medium: Life’s Key Secrets are Theatrical

Here's an article about how the theater is an existential extended metaphor, with its concepts of the curtain call, and of the suspension of doubt that entertains life.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

On Medium: The Flaw in Goethean Pantheism

Read on about Goethean versus humanistic pantheisms, and why we should critique the 18th C. Tobler essay despite its anticipation of Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Monday, February 26, 2024

On Medium: Christianity Demonizes Modern Progress

Read on about how Christianity demonizes the Promethean, progressive aspects of modernity, while making superficial peace with humanistic pride (and thus with Satan).

Thursday, February 22, 2024

On Medium: What Trumpers Share with the OJ Simpson Jurors

Read on about what Trump's supporters have in common with the OJ Simpson jurors: a thirst for vengeance amid the breakdown of civic duties.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

On Medium: Why are Sacred Spaces so Easily Spoiled?

Read on about irony of how mass attention defiles what’s cool, and how the privacy of consciousness is likely the model for the vulnerability of sacred places.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

On Medium: The Classical Theist’s Naïve Optimism about Reason

Read on about a classical theist's so-called best argument for God's existence, and the religious games we play to avoid facing the harsh reality of nature.

On Medium: Should Trump be a Hero to Generation X?

Read on about personal authenticity, the paradox of Trump’s character, and whether Trumpism reduces existentialism and the values of Generation X to absurdity.

Monday, February 19, 2024

On Medium: People are Anti-Natural, not Supernatural

Here's an article about the question of dualism between mind and matter, Descartes’ last laugh in the divide between wild things and artifacts, and how societies are anti-natural.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

On Medium: Why the Trumpian Grotesquery is Happening Now to America

Read on about unconscious consumerism, our outpouring of collective narcissism, and how even Trump's enemies promote him as a symbol of their excesses.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

On Medium: Deflating the Mystique of Religious Language

Read on about the mundane and psychedelic origins of theological concepts, and how the mystique of religious language rests on an equivocation and can thus be deflated.

Monday, February 12, 2024

On Medium: We’re Tormented and Tantalized by Cosmic Wildness

Read on about how science confronts us with the absurdity of nature’s godless creativity, and why intuiting nature's impersonality is so traumatizing.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

On Medium: God’s Lack of Religiosity Makes Fools of Most Worshippers

Here's an article about the gulf between elite and deluded spiritualities, and how tribal religiosity can be compared to futile fan clubs that worship celebrities.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

On Medium: The Obvious Way that Science Proves Atheism

Read on about the Copernican Revolution, the call for large-mindedness, and how science refutes exoteric religions by undermining our intuitive picture of the world.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

On Medium: There Will be No Great Centrist Dialogue in America

Read on about online tribalism, centrist naivety, bad faith “conservatives,” and why there won't be an effective centrist dialogue between America's political extremes.

Monday, February 5, 2024

On Medium: The Romantic Origin of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution

Here's an article about the Romantic side of Darwin's theory of evolution, and how the Romanticist's analogy between the natural order and an artist's wild creativity implies pantheism.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

On Medium: Will Atheism Drive Us Towards Neo-Pagan Tribalism?

Read on for a critique of Dustin Arand’s assessment that the rise of Western atheism is largely responsible for America's toxic, "neo-pagan" tribalism.