Category: Philosophy

China and the Problem of State Religion

State-lead religion has long been known to be problematic, particularly in the west, and more particularly in the United States. Today the United States has separation of church and state. This principal is properly understood as a reaction against the

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On the Plausibility of the Resurrection

Perhaps the central miracle in Christianity is the death and resurrection of Christ. At first glance, such an event seems to push the boundaries of what is possible. On second thought, however, resurrections are frequently observed even today, or perhaps

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Christianity Without Certainty is OK

I think it’s possible for a person to be certain in their own Christian faith, but I also think it’s reasonable for a person to identify as Christian without needing to demonstrate that Christianity is true with certainty. More generally,

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On Fulfillment of the OT

A friend recently asked on social media, “How do you treat the old law?” This article goes over my answer. Some Christians will have other answers*, and in other cases I will basically be echoing what Christians have said for

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Christianity and the Shadow of the Future

Prisoner’s dilemmas create a situation where, in the short run, individuals have an incentive to act in a way that does not lead to a group optimal result. In a repeated game, however, players can gain optimally through cooperation. Because

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Maybe They Were Just Fucking Busy?

Gresham’s Law applies to Christianity. Whenever a decent anti-Christian argument is defeated, a new, shittier, internet-born meme will rise in its place. Like a fucked up phoenix with the ability to vaporize goalposts. Example from AtheistRepublic, survivor of the recent,

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Christian Falsifiability

I often hear smugly from some non-Christians that Christianity is a matter of faith and thereby non-falsifiable. This is completely incorrect. Christianity is based on historical fact and therefore it is uniquely falsifiable among religions. Here are 5 quick ways

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The Goldilocks Diversity of Christianity

There is a meme going about which seems to attack Christianity’s credibility on the grounds of hyperdiversity: First of all, I think diversity within Christianity should be considered a strength. Ironically, secularists tend to be politically liberal, and diversity is

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Religion is Not Just a Placebo

I recently wrote about empirical evidence which might identify a correct understanding of the practices of prayer and laying on hands. While researching this topic I encountered a video in which Sam Harris, a famous atheist, acknowledges some benefits of

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Empirical Research May Back Prayer and Laying on Hands

An interesting study out of Carnegie Mellon found that hugs can “help ease the negative impact of personal setbacks like a disagreement with a friend, or being turned down for a promotion at work.” It’s also well-known that skin-to-skin contact is

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