Chimerical Neutrality

Tabula Rosa A popular Enlightenment-era conception of the human mind was that it was a tabula rosa, a blank slate devoid of content until an idea is impressed upon it by the child’s environment. It is often linked to the philosopher John Locke. It is not universally accepted, however, and many philosophers believe there is […]

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Atheist Dogma

Trying, here, to say plainly why someone should not ever consider themselves neutral on the God question. Passive Choice People affirmatively embrace the ideology of Christianity as an overt choice. But when someone becomes an atheist, they typically are rejecting Christianity (or theism) rather than overtly embracing the competing ideology.  This way of thinking results in […]

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Inconsistent Religious Beliefs

Here’s how to completely misunderstand the significance of there being a multiplicity of religious beliefs, and how to avoid that misunderstanding. Inference from Inconsistencies in Belief Atheists often argue that there can be no God because there are so many different religious traditions saying inconsistent things about the nature of God. One could argue the […]

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Tunnel Vision

There is a disturbing trend afoot, and we should be aware of it.  It is a trend which seems to be gaining momentum.  It can be described as a collective tunneling of our vision, and not in the sense of healthy focus, but in the sense of disease-induced progressive exclusion of peripheral vision. Benjamin Jowett […]

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Is Life Worth Living?

The Mood of the Age Albert Camus (1913-1960) wrote that suicide is the only serious philosophical problem. Deciding whether or not life is worth living is to answer the fundamental question in philosophy.  All other questions follow from that. Camus, Myth of Sisyphus.  Camus held that it was absurd to seek meaning in life when […]

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Frozen Indecision

In Inside Baseball we presented what really amounted to a criticism of Christian practice, in adding an elevated kind of “knowing” to the project of ascertaining truth about ultimate reality.  That practice, we suggested, has seeped out into the culture at large in a way that now causes people to become alienated from the truth, […]

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Unraveling Agnosticism

It matters what we believe. A Condemning God? Maybe you’ve heard this criticism of Christianity before:  that God is unfair because He gives people the death penalty for not choosing Him.   That doesn’t reflect the goodness they associate with their conception of God, so they feel there must be no God. One flaw in this thinking is that […]

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