Do more people desire death or immortality?

Does everyone like being alive?  Happy people surely do, almost by definition.  If you're happy, then you are apparently having a good time.  Nobody wants to stop having a good time, otherwise they wouldn't call it "good" in the first place.  If you wanted it to stop, then you would call it a bad time, … Continue reading Do more people desire death or immortality?

Puzzling over Genesis and the Fall

Every discipline has it's puzzles.  As an analyzer of theoretical texts, I consider the story of the Fall of Man from the Bible to be one of the big puzzles.  I started playing around with it (again) yesterday, and after failing (again), am going to give it another shot today. The key positions I want … Continue reading Puzzling over Genesis and the Fall

Religion: What’s to Like?

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?

3 End of Year Observations

 There is tremendous confusion over the authority of religion.  Gay marriage is now legal in the United States after a long and bitter culture battle.  ISIS is a serious threat, making religion seem uniquely accommodating to extremism and hence an unfortunate institution altogether.  Scripture is constantly under scrutiny by those looking to either smear it … Continue reading 3 End of Year Observations

Truth, Freedom, and Salvation

In modern liberal democracies we are free to worship as we choose.  A big reason for this freedom is that the right way to worship cannot be scientifically proven.  The one, true religion, the one, true path to salvation, is unknowable to the human mind.  Since there is no outer-objective knowledge for science to extract … Continue reading Truth, Freedom, and Salvation