Author Archives: Contingent, Not Arbitrary

End of History as End of Law

I was reading this old article on Social Matter when a thought struck me. Isn’t the promise to end natural law a big part of the appeal of various end-of-history scenarios, both religious and secular? This seems to be a … Continue reading

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The Elephant in the Room of the Blind

I will now cross the parable of blind men and an elephant with the metaphor of the elephant in the room. Hopefully this pachydermic patchwork helps clarify our thinking and our discussion of the present plight of the West. Think of … Continue reading

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The Pragmatic Case Against Pragmatism

You may have noticed that I started blogging from a pragmatic secular perspective, reached some conclusions and promptly converted to Christianity. My experience, though idiosyncratic, suggests a claim: On sufficient reflection, pragmatic moral analysis rejects itself. In principle, a pragmatic … Continue reading

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God’s Law Is For This World

I’ve noticed an odd inversion in Christian theology. Depending on the interpretation, actions may be rewarded and punished entirely in this world – not in the next. This is my take on the Orthodox conception of hell, at least. It … Continue reading

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Compassion and the Afterlife

The secular West has lost its belief in the afterlife while retaining much of its Christian compassion. This is an unhealthy combination. Belief in the afterlife fundamentally changes our understanding of death. Is the person just removed from this world … Continue reading

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On Law and Love

Christianity is a religion of both Law and Love. This is my intuition as a fresh convert so take it for what it is worth. Corrections and clarifications are welcome. God loves us and has given us His law to … Continue reading

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I am Converting

I seem to have been working toward a religious conversion with my blogging. It probably doesn’t come as a surprise given some of my recent posts. I had a spiritual awakening and seeked for a while, realizing the importance of … Continue reading

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Modernity and Islam as Spiritual Complements

Imagine splitting Christianity in two. One half gets the divinity of God, His omnipotence, the natural hierarchy of Creation, and the harshness of His law. The other gets the humanity of Jesus, the orderly nature of Creation, equality before the … Continue reading

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On Faith and Belief

It should be apparent by now that I am quite sympathetic to Christian tradition from a pragmatic perspective – it works. There’s a catch, though: it seems to fall apart without the metaphysics. Moreover, the tradition’s long-term stability may depend on … Continue reading

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Here be Dragons

It’s time to go Cassandra on you other Cassandras out there. Yes, I’m talking to you, with your clever idea. I know you’re thinking, “Don’t worry, I know what I’m doing.” I bet Karl Marx thought the same thing. Western … Continue reading

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