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”

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?”

Stoicism & Epicureanism: What’s the Difference?

Stoicism and Epicureanism were ancient rivals. And both philosophies are back. Which philosophy is right? Do you really have to choose? I think Stoicism and Epicureanism were rivals because of their similarities. They’re variations on a theme. Both philosophies explore how to live a virtuous life. Both see ataraxia (“without disturbance”) as a path toContinue reading “Stoicism & Epicureanism: What’s the Difference?”

Is evil real?

Is that a dumb question? We can point to all sorts of atrocities, so why would anyone think evil isn’t real? And if evil isn’t real, then is goodness not real? Could only one but not both be real? Whatever, man Relativism—contrary to popular opinion—isn’t the attitude that anything goes. No one believes that. IContinue reading “Is evil real?”