CategoryPhilosophy

Even E.T. Needs Jesus

Speculation about the nature of extraterrestrial life is perhaps fascinating, posing all kinds of intriguing questions. In a recent article entitled Is Your Religion Ready To Meet ET?, we are served up a volley of “cosmotheological” questions that the author believes will be appropriate and no longer merely speculative after (or, better put, if) we ever discover conclusive scientific proof for...

Wikimorality

Some of my favorite bloggers have had their fun with the results of a recent contest that sought to crowdsource a new set of 10 Commandments for the 21st century. And while I cannot hope to match either their eloquence or erudition, I thought it might be an enjoyable exercise to have my own run at it. In an interesting twist, each crowdsourced commandment has a rationale associated with it...

Rhetorical Effect

Words are powerful things, having the potential to change the way we think and shape our perception of things. Rhetoric was for this reason the sine qua non of the influential man in ancient times, for to hold men captive to your words was the power to mold the world as one saw fit. Rhetoric may have lost much of its ancient luster in the age of 140 character tweets, hashtags and memes, but we...

A God Too Small

To my everlasting shame, I must admit to succumbing to link bait this weekend. The truly despicable aspect of the whole charade is that I knew immediately that it was link bait, but chose to take the “I want to see how stupid this is” route to rationalization. But the thing about link bait is that it doesn’t matter if you are truly curious or trying to be ironic; the point of link bait is to get...

I Was Wrong About Harry Potter

As much as it pains me to admit it, I actually find the Harry Potter series fairly entertaining. The movies, mind, you not the books, for the movies made almost every correct decision regarding what to keep, what to jettison (E.L.F., anyone?) and what to change (Hagrid explaining wizard phylogeny rather than the far more unlikely Ron). Granted, the Harry-Hermione nearly nude scene was a little...

Hell Is Full Of Love

Love is a many-splendored thing, we are told. The problem is that we very rarely know what kind of love we are talking about. We use the same term to describe the most heroic of sacrifices and the most banal of affections; our heroes are loved and so is that latest BuzzFeed post. I used to think this was a problem, that our modern tongue cannot help but bastardize the beautiful and the true...

The Only Cure

Joel Osteen gets a bad rap. The gospel of prosperity is the heresy that American Christians love to hate, for not only do we get a chance to indulge the heresy hunter in all of us (which is there whether we are willing to admit it or not!), but we also get the slightly sanctimonious thrill from shooting down such an easy target. And as right as one might be to denounce such perversion, let’s be...

Leap To The Stars

In my previous musings I considered why no one will get to heaven, precisely because heaven is not a place to get but rather a person to obtain; more specifically, God himself. Our difficulty as fallen creatures is that our desires are usually so half-hearted and tepid that we flit from love to love with no solidity of desire nor constancy of will, carried along by the gusts of our cravings and...

Why No One Will Get To Heaven

When I was younger I used to be terrified of the idea of heaven. Well, it probably wasn’t the notion of heaven per se, but rather the thought of eternity. I know some people imagine the afterlife to be one of unceasing drudgery, the standard cliché being us resurrected into chubby cherub bodies and slowly strumming on golden harps long after the universe has plunged into its chaotic death. Well...

Pooping Rainbows: The Theology of the Unicorn

One of the most unfortunate aspects of modern life is that the world is no longer populated by fantastic things. For the ancients the universe was still teeming with monsters great and small, wonders of both flora and fauna perhaps just out of reach of all but the most daring (or the most foolish.) Of all ancient mythical beasts, the unicorn is one of the most fantastic and beloved. It is indeed...

March of the Idiots (IV)

We humans are peculiar creatures among all the animals, for while the rest of the critters that roam this spinning rock do not try and obfuscate the reality of what they are or the things they do, one species has the innate capacity to wordsmith that which is not from that which is. This is, of course, accomplished most effectively with that most handy of linguistic devices, the euphemism...

Desiring and Learning

I never really quite know how to begin writing about things that are based largely around my own experiences. With most of my posts I try to begin with some sort of rhetorical flair, a compelling exordium which Quintillian himself would approve. Well, I suppose that may be reaching too far; most times I would be satisfied with his shade at least checking off the box for a strong introduction...

Why I Hate Your Church

Wherein the author plants his tongue somewhat firmly in his cheek and rants about an amalgam of experiences, because that is what the internet is made for. I can’t pray in church any more. It was one of those things that I discovered had subtly happened. This sort of thing doesn’t just slap you in the face but wears on you week after week, year after year, until one day you realize...

Dialing It Up

I would be remiss if I did not begin this post with an important caveat. Fisking is a fun business, to be sure, and all the more so the lower the fruit hangs. Granted, sometimes the challenge is lessened, but certainly not the enjoyment. This mea culpa on my part complete, I offer the caveat emptor that Gawker is not usually the place one would frequent to find well developed arguments or...

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