Faith and Doubt

Knowing and believing are two different things. Below I discuss 1) facts and opinions, 2) the inability to prove or disprove God’s existence, 3) faith and belief, 4) key sources of doubt, and 5) engaging the tension of faith and doubt. I. Facts and opinions Sense impressions in the natural world, which the brain organizesContinue reading “Faith and Doubt”

Wokeness and classical liberalism are different cultures

It’s said that the past is a foreign culture. We can’t understand colonial America or Victorian Britain unless we first understand that they thought differently from people today. Paradigm shifts happen throughout history, and one is happening right now. Unless we understand that woke progressives think differently from classical liberals, we can’t understand woke culture,Continue reading “Wokeness and classical liberalism are different cultures”

Men, we have an empathy problem

Rape is funny. Rape can be downright hilarious — when it happens to men. We laugh at prison rape jokes. But people who joke about women getting raped are rightly denounced as sexist creeps. Yet, if you include prison rape, American men are raped as often as (or more than) women. It’s obviously sexist when peopleContinue reading “Men, we have an empathy problem”

Can you mix Stoicism, Epicureanism, and Buddhism?

Each of these philosophies has important points to make, and each has aspects that won’t appeal to some people. Here’s a life philosophy that combines and modifies elements of Stoicism, Epicureanism, and Buddhism: We all want pleasure and to avoid pain, but our fear of things that are beyond our control is a frequent causeContinue reading “Can you mix Stoicism, Epicureanism, and Buddhism?”

Hidden Reality

Is being Woke a religion? What about taking the Red Pill? A video of progressive activists engaging in church service style call-and-answer to affirm their commitment to Woke ideology shows that the answer may be “yes.” But something is missing. Wokeness has no god. And it’s likely that many Wokeists are atheist or agnostic. IsContinue reading “Hidden Reality”

Can you be a Christian atheist?

If you think Christian atheism is an oxymoron, you might be right. On Twitter, psychology professor Ben Winegard seems to favor the idea of separating Christian ethics from Christian theology: It’s hard to know if Winegard is being serious or sarcastic. I hope it’s the latter, but based on his follow up comments I wonderContinue reading “Can you be a Christian atheist?”

Faith & Doubt: The Case for Agnosticism

Can you be a doubter who also has faith? Is being agnostic the same as being an atheist?  From a rational perspective, agnosticism is the most tenable position because it acknowledges the limits of what we can know. This doesn’t mean, though, that faith is irrational. Something that’s not inconsistent what we know to beContinue reading “Faith & Doubt: The Case for Agnosticism”

Where do we go from here?

Protest, polarization, and opportunity. The challenge of a complex, diverse society is, in the words of Rodney King, “Can’t we all just get along?” King was a Black man who was brutally beaten by Los Angeles police officers in 1991. The video footage led many of us to believe the officers would be convicted inContinue reading “Where do we go from here?”

Supporting transgender rights doesn’t always mean being an ally

Maybe we’re returning to “normalcy”—Twitter is alight with arguments about transgender rights. Harry Potter author JK Rowling put transgender issues front and center when she responded to a Devex.com article which states that, “An estimated 1.8 billion girls, women, and gender non-binary persons menstruate, and this has not stopped because of the pandemic.” Rowling didn’t likeContinue reading “Supporting transgender rights doesn’t always mean being an ally”

2020, WTF?

You’ve got head spinnin’, no kiddin’, I can’t pin you down. Okay, I’m plagiarizing John Legend. And totally taking him out of context. But it kinda fits 2020, right? At times like this, the advice to focus on what’s up to us—our deliberate choices—and be indifferent to the rest, seems impossible. Did that cop reallyContinue reading “2020, WTF?”