Trumpontology: why he’s “smart” for not paying taxes

Why does Trump think he’s smart for not paying taxes?

Because he Kant even.

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When an atheist is brutally honest

Anarchy!

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I listened to a podcast on Reasonable Faith in which Kevin and W.L. Craig discuss this atheist’s blasting of fellow atheists’ inconsistencies on ethical assertions. (This comment, which originated here, is also discussed rationally here.)

 

 

[Edit: for those who don’t have time or won’t bother to follow the background links above, here is an excerpt from Laddymac that gives the gist of what he’s talking about.]

My only directive is to obey my genes. Eat, sleep, reproduce, die. That is our bible.
We deride the Theists for having created myths and holy books. We imagine ourselves superior. But we too imagine there are reasons to obey laws, be polite, protect the weak etc. Rubbish. We are nurturing a new religion, one where we imagine that such conventions have any basis in reality. Have they allowed life to exist? Absolutely. But who cares? Outside of my greedy little gene’s need to reproduce, there is nothing in my world that stops me from killing you and reproducing with your wife. Only the fear that I might be incarcerated and thus be deprived of the opportunity to do the same with the next guy’s wife stops me…So be nice if you want. Be involved, have polite conversations, be a model citizen. Just be aware that while technically an Atheist, you are an inferior one. You’re just a little bit less evolved, that’s all. When you are ready to join me, let me know, I’ll be reproducing with your wife.

If I was sitting in a discussion or debating this guy, I would be tempted (not sure if it’s wise or foolish) to play devil’s advocate and tell him what I would need to do if I adopted his ontological framework (and therefore, his ethical one too.)

 

Therefore…

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Sin in our Role and Identity

I came across this author’s critique of Pope Francis saying that we humans are sinners.

The headline pulled me in as ridiculous, because it’s pretty basic, fundamental doctrinal stuff. Good luck trying to blame the pope for that.

God reached out to us because He Loves us, not because He owed us one.

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False dichotomy of science and humanities

Cognitions and Conceptions

Incorrigibly interrelated

I like to talk about and further my understanding of the dialogue between humanities and science. I came across this on Andrew Sullivan’s Dish and it gave me pause.

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Divine Command Theorists are not just moral sheep

I like this guy’s point on the atheist’s charge that divine command theory believers are childish in their morality. Though I don’t subscribe to it myself, per se, it has more going for it.

“What should I do about claiming X on my taxes?”
“Well, what did God say to do?”
“I don’t know, but he said not to lie.”
“There ya go.”
“Can you be more specific?”

Maybe if it were merely that simple, it would be a little childish. I think the atheist that holds this view is probably motivated by a fear of the injustice and tyranny that is justified in the name of a religion, and I empathize with that.

But it isn’t that simple. There are lots of tiers to moral inquiries based on theological traditions. Which text is trustworthy? How is it interpreted correctly? Are we applying it right? What about lack of specificity?

I don’t see it being a whole lot different than basing morality in an interpreted document like The Constitution. Just gives it different objective grounding. The existence of that grounding is another matter.

A Christmas Limerick

Unto us, a Child has been born
Man of sorrows, appearing forlorn
Government on his shoulders
Confounds all His beholders
Roads are broken for those Christ will adorn

Arapahoe High School shooting hits closer to home

We are the middle children of history, gentlemen. Our Great War is a spiritual one. Our Great Depression is our lives.

–Tyler Durden, Fight Club

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A great evening in conversation

Friday night I needed to get myself in a place where I could think, read, and get in a good conversation. Not a club, or the average lounge (which to me is just a club with places to sit), but a place where conversation can thrive and people can…just be.

Define that for me

Now isn’t that INTERESTING

 

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Why I love talking with philosophers

I have come to accept that I am unusual in some ways.

Isn't that interesting

Hmm…say more about that

For example, I tend not to order the same entree or beverage more than once (I like changes.) I like fringe nerd movies, ice cream in the dead of winter (and in the middle of the night), and They Might Be Giants.

But one of the weirdest things about me is that I love talking about the topics that are banned in some households: politics and religion. And who loves talking about those more than philosophers?

Yes, philosophers–those people who correct your syntax and question your questions without blinking. Lesser men find it maddening, running from the table screaming…or laughing. There was a time when I thought, “Hey, who doesn’t like talking about this stuff, really?” But I have since come to realize I am strange in this regard. So be it. There are other strange people out there, united in one discord.

Here are my reasons why I love talking to philosophers, and find it refreshing.

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Revisiting great books: Possibility of Metaphysics

I’m working on getting back to reading things I love, as well as books that are very helpful, useful, and recommended to me. I believe it’s necessary to inspire me on and focus on the future.

One such book is The Possibility of Metaphysics. I love how Lowe is brash but efficient with his words, and that he gives a wake up call to the rebirth and reality of Metaphysical philosophical enterprise.

Stay tuned for notes… 😉

Reflecting on sense

“Isn’t that interesting…”