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 Anglican Church, wherein the government had both religious and political power. Before the Anglican Church … Read more China and the Problem of State Religion

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 Christians expect to live eternally, and indeed to that extent, we should expect these folks … Read more Christianity and the Shadow of the Future

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 may have heard that eastern religion, such as Buddhism, and the religiously unaffiliated are on … Read more Continuing Trends in Religion

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 secularism in adolescence, before these individuals choose a career in science. This adds to an … Read more Another Link Re Education and Irreligion

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 a simple economic argument for objective value. A recent Leeson class was typical. A discussion … Read more A Simple Argument for Objective Value

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 membership and revenue. Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Adventists aren’t successful and they do have stigma. … Read more Contra Iannaccone’s “Sacrifice and Stigma…”

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 female circumcision, also called female genital mutiliation (FGM/C) is practiced in a couple Christian nations … Read more Reza’s Just Wrong

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 is that the Bible is either mostly or completely error-free. A typical Christian view on … Read more Biblical Inerrancy

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 my favorite interdisciplinary philosophies is voluntaryism. While many philosophical or scientific arguments for voluntaryism do … Read more Caeconomics and Self-Ownership are Incompatible

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 end of days will occur from the Christian viewpoint. I am certainly not a Bible … Read more 5 Eschatological Points to Consider