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?
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
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
What does it mean to desire immortality? In my dissertation on this topic 2 different types of immortality emerge, each of which can be desired: (1) literally living forever, and (2) living on symbolically, for example in the memories of the living. Religions like Christianity promise the first kind of immortality, being personally saved and restored in … Continue reading 2 Types of Immortality
The desire for immortality wasn't the most obvious topic for my political theory dissertation, particularly one aimed at helping us understand our political situation today (the issue has been considered by most scholars as a dead one for hundreds of years). On the other hand, we all agree that new solutions are needed to overcome … Continue reading My Mother, My Immortality