What Moral System is Best?

While reading a book on a prominent philosopher recently, I noticed the author made a very common logical fallacy. He was examining a moral claim made by the philosopher and made an argument along the lines of “but wait, if that were true then it would justify this thing we can all recognize as bad”. Whether this is a fallacy depends on which assumption about morality we take to be true. If morality is a subjective abstract concept as many believe, then this argument would be logically invalid.

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Thoughts on Prayer and Filling a Social Void with God

It’s confession time; I don’t feel like God loves me. And with that click-bait-y opening line, allow me to explain how I don’t actually mean that the way you’re probably thinking.

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A word of encouragement

After reading people’s reactions on Twitter, Facebook, etc. and seeing some of the stories already circulating, it seems like a lot of Christians are grasping at straws to attach some kind of religious significance to the Notre Dame fire. It’s a tragic loss of a tangible piece of history, but as far as our faith is concerned God has far greater things in our future.

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My Problem With The Common Ancestor

One of the biggest problems I’ve had with the idea that all life came from a common ancestor is that by the process of natural selection we should expect to find much more biology and anatomy that is not disadvantageous but not specifically advantageous. This is what people have claimed to find in “junk DNA” and “vestigial” features like the appendix or the coccyx. Instead we keep finding that the biology we thought was in that “neither advantageous nor disadvantageous leftovers” category is really either distinctly advantageous or even necessary.

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Musical Meditation

In a break from my usual worldview-related topics, this is something that came to mind that’s more of a personal journal entry. I’m realizing more and more that music has been my personal meditative space for a long time, and more recently I’ve started to notice when I’m missing the meditative experience I used to indulge in regularly when I was in high school and college. Moreover I’ve been realizing the role music has played in my life and how I’ve come to see it as more of a personal thing than a shared experience.

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The Bible Might Be True in Ways We Haven’t Thought Of

Something that I think escapes us when we debate over theological issues or try to defend the historical truth value of the Bible is that we may be looking for parts of it to be true in ways we understand when really it might be true in a way we haven’t even thought to look for. It seems that discussions around such issues as free will, the creation account, and God’s role in the world get stalemated when people on both sides become dogmatic about their interpretation or model of the issue, and in those cases often both sides have excellent points to back up their claims. In these cases, when neither model will fit the observed reality without having to explain away problematic facts or scripture, the truth must lie in some other kind of explanation we haven’t thought of yet that adequately explains the issue and is consistent with the reality we observe.

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Why Must There Be The Potential for Evil?

This is part II in a series concerning the philosophy of evil and why the world is the way it is. The previous post put forth the idea that the concept of evil should be defined as in-congruence between the way things are and the way they should be, which results from sin which is in-congruence between the will of a person and God’s will. Thus all we can say of the origins of evil is that even if the world were created perfect and pure, there could have been the potential for sin (and thus evil) without violating the purity and perfection of the world initially. But the question remains, why would a loving God create a world in which there was the potential for some of his beloved children to inflict evil on one another and even damn themselves for eternity? The answer, in short, is free will.

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Where did evil come from?

This question tends to be a troublesome one for Christians and non-Christians alike, especially when addressing how a loving God would allow evil to exist/persist. Though I don’t claim to be an expert theologian or philosopher, I have a way of thinking about it that has put the matter to rest in my mind.

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