Author Archives: Contingent, Not Arbitrary

Bridging the Gap

The separation between secular and spiritual thought seems to be a central aspect of the problem of modernity. They need not contradict and it was a mistake to let them diverge. The task, then, is to reconcile the secular and … Continue reading

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By Their Fruits Shall Ye Know Them

[Update Jan 29, 2018: This gets uncomfortably close to theological speculation. I’m fumbling toward a point that I think can be made in a valid way, but this may be the wrong approach. Take it with a grain of salt.] … Continue reading

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New Year, New Plans

I expect to post some interesting work in the next days. If my approach pans out the way I hope, it could be big – big enough that it almost certainly won’t. It’s worth a try, though. I think it’s … Continue reading

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God as the Perfect Sovereign

I’ve been listening to Jordan B. Peterson’s lectures on the psychological significance of biblical stories. Interesting stuff. In the first lecture he hypothesizes that the biblical stories may have been formed over time by distilling stories into myths, eventually condensing them … Continue reading

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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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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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I am Converting

[Update Jan 2018: While the Orthodox tradition seems the most correct to me, the assumption isn’t central to my work. Take my choice for what it’s worth.] I seem to have been working toward a religious conversion with my blogging. It … 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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