The two basic ways to achieve some measure of immortality is first, to literally survive death, and second, to establish an enduring legacy. They both have problems. There is no way to be certain that either can be achieved. You can't be certain that there will be an afterlife, and you can't be certain that … Continue reading Pursuing Immortality Without a Net
Well we're here in the first full week of fall and what a summer I had this year. I did not teach, or do a whole lot of academic research (though I squeezed some in before the current semester started). I did not read very much, though I tried to a few times. The books … Continue reading Reflections on Summer, 2017
There are plenty of people that view faith as a sort of suicide of the mind. The explicit preference among these types is for a purely skeptical posture toward the world, where all knowledge is derived scientifically. Of course, there is a great pitfall among those who depend on science, namely that science is inductive, and … Continue reading Is Faith a Suicide of the Mind?
A common reason people will give for not voting is that they don't feel that their vote matters. And, as individuals, it really doesn't matter that much. It only matters when groups of people collectively decide whether or not to vote that really changes an election outcome. So your vote matters to the extent that … Continue reading Voting Efficacy and a Personal Connection to God
Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling is a challenging read, but gripping when you're in the mood for that sort of thing. The main thesis has something to do with faith being the greatest passion of human beings, that faith reaches beyond rational ethical doctrines, and that modern society is wrong to think that it can go … Continue reading Is faith above ethics?
Many of us have a sort of nagging restlessness that we're frequently in need of escaping. We need to be fully immersed in something, but nothing seems sufficiently appealing. There is a deep trepidation that trying to immerse in the wrong thing will only intensify the restlessness, turning it into desperation. Others of us are lucky … Continue reading Needing a (Way of) Life
Behold, the power of belief is revealed, and there, thrown aside, is the truth. The word enthusiasm represents to many people energy and passion. It has a more extreme sense, indicating a sort of enflaming of the spirit or becoming filled with spirit, or filled with a god. Enthusiasm in sound and meaning is related to … Continue reading On enthusiasm for the Bible, for Trump, and other things
We are thrown across the ground, and some of us land in good spots, others in bad spots. We are scattered. Where we find ourselves is not often where we want to be. We would rather be somewhere else, somewhere much better. Failing that, we would like to escape from where we are. Escape away. … Continue reading Loosening the Grip of Anxiety
The worst, most painful aspect to the gospels is not that Jesus claims to be Christ, but that Jesus casts out demons, heals the sick, raises the dead, and all the rest of the supernatural miracles we are challenged to consider. These are next to impossible to take seriously as actual historical events, which I think … Continue reading Why Jesus Cast out Demons
I missed out doing much for Palm Sunday this week. I miss out on a lot of observances that in principle I consider myself obligated to tend to. I was not raised in the rituals of any church, nor was I raised with a coherent orientation toward religion. My dad wavered, and continues to waver, … Continue reading Religion: What’s to Like?