I found This Article to be helpful on comparing the oft-cited atrocities of the west in the name of “Christianity” to the holy wars of Islam. there is a stark difference between Islam and Christianity that detractors of the west and Christianity should take seriously if they want to be intellectually honest.
I also recommend Paul Copan’s book Is God A Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God for an honest discussion about the God of Christianity as well as a rebuttal of many arguments against God by the “new Atheists”.
The definition of pragmatism PHILOSOPHY an approach that assesses the truth of meaning of theories or beliefs in terms of the success of their practical application. (Google search) If a person thinks that the truth or falsity of a religion/worldview (I am defining religion as a set of beliefs that attempts to describe reality) […]
A quick reference for resources on several currently divisive topics. Slavery in the U.S. Was our system founded to only support white men? This is not true according to leading abolitionists and civil rights reformers. You can also read the words of the founders to see what they thought about it. Martin Luther King Jr and […]
Listen to Pascal- “I know not who sent me into the world, nor what the world is, nor what I myself am. I am terribly ignorant of everything. I know not what my body is, nor my senses, nor my soul and that part of me which thinks what I say, which reflects upon […]
Humans today generally live longer and are richer than than at any other point in our history. You would think this would make us happy right? Wrong. “In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the rate of antidepressant use in the United States rose by 400 percent between 1988 and 2008.” […]
“I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people’s politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true” -Neil deGrasse Tyson I dream of the same world. I think the difference between Tyson and I would be that we both disagree with what truth is. Not that either of us necessarily […]
AMAZING speech that challenges the Senate and the direction of our country. This is truly reaching across the isle and I commend his courage as a freshman Senator to speak with such passion and truth. I also appreciate his ability to dig into the history of the Senate and ask “what would the founders say?” I encourage all Republicans and Democrats and those who have given up on our system to watch this and begin to believe in it again. There are men and women of integrity and true statesmen still out there.
Interesting article. A lot of it was over my head but it is always nice to re-confirm infighting and disagreement among naturalists. Scientists dont have the corner on truth. Science is a term broadly used today to mean “truth” (scientism). This is false however as science is merely a methodology that provides raw data. Scientists are humans who have just as many biases and dogmas as any joe on the street. The author notes how “evolution” has been used by scientists as a method of gaining power and advancing political agendas throughout recent history. On a side note, if only physical explanations of human consciousness and behavior are available (as naturalism postulates), then I would like the author to offer an alternative-more plausible option than evolutionary psychology.
Definition of the “Empty Self”: “…By this I mean that our terrain has shaped a self that experiences a significant absence of community, tradition, and shared meaning. It experiences these social absences and their consequences “interiorly” as a lack of personal conviction and worth, and it embodies the absences as a chronic, undifferentiated emotional hunger….
…It is a self that seeks the experience of being continually filled up by consuming goods, calories, experiences, politicians, romantic partners, and empathic therapists in an attempt to combat the growing alienation and fragmentation of its era…” page 600
“…We are witnessing an important shift in the content of the bounded, masterful self of the 20th century, a shift from a sexually restricted to an empty self. At the same time there has been a shift from a savings to a debtor economy. The dual shift has not been a coincidence. It is a consequence of how the modern nation state must currently regulate its economy and control its populace: not through direct physical coercion, but rather through the construction of the empty self and the manipulation of its needs to consume and ingest. Three beneficiaries of this narcissistic dynamic are the modem state, the advertising industry, and the self-improvement industries (including psychotherapy). All three perpetuate the ideology of the empty self, and all three profit from it….” page 608
Cushman, Philip (1990) Why the Self is Empty: Toward a Historically Situated Psychology. California School of Professional Psychology. Berkeley/Alameda