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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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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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Continuing Trends in Religion

Pew continues to do good research on religious growth trends. The indication is that Islam is growing and will continue to grow rapidly through 2060, although it is not expected to overtake Christianity in terms of world population share. You

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Another Link Re Education and Irreligion

I previously argued that the argument “Education is correlated with secularism” is fallacious. This article adds another scholarly article to the pile of evidence that the aforementioned argument is fallacious. Tldr: Scientists and highly educated folks typically decide on their

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A Simple Argument for Objective Value

I’m an economist. I’m studying at GMU, a university known for carrying on the Austrian tradition. While all economists recognize subjectivism, variously understood, I’ve talked about how Austrians are particularly extreme subjectivists and dubious of objective value. This article presents

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Contra Iannaccone’s “Sacrifice and Stigma…”

Iannaccone, 1989, Sacrifice and Stigma… runs contra empirical data. The traditional definition of a sect is a small religious offshoot. On this definition, empirically successful sects do not engage in sacrifice and stigma. Where success is defined as growth in

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Reza’s Just Wrong

Here’s the clip:   Reza attempts to defend Islam by attacking the negative portrayal of Muslim nations as painting with a broad brush, stereotyping, and simply being empirically incorrect. The problem is that Reza is empirically incorrect. He’s right that

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Biblical Inerrancy

This article covers some of my current and general thoughts on Biblical Inerrancy. Biblical Inerrancy is a belief about the Bible held by some, or maybe most, Christians. The exact belief varies by person and denomination, but the general idea

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Caeconomics and Self-Ownership are Incompatible

This article will argue that caeconomics and the concept of self-ownership are incompatible. Self-ownership is a neat concept in ethics and philosophy. Increasingly it is being used in social, political and economic philosophical arguments as well. For example, one of

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5 Eschatological Points to Consider

Because I make friends with people who like to talk about religion and such, I often get to hear about really terrible eschatological theories. This article will cover 5 points which I think should be considered while talking about how the

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