Ava Adore by The Smashing Pumpkins is a catchy song musically, and while on the surface it feels like it’s just trying to be edgy it’s a vivid depiction of a toxic, codependent relationship. Upon listening to it again, it hit me that (whether Billy Corgan intended this or not) it could be taken as a satirical appropriation of the story in the Bible about the prophet Hosea who was instructed by God to take a prostitute as a wife. In this case though it functions as a love letter from the Christian church to its love/hate mistress, popular culture.Continue reading Ava Adore and Crotch-Christianity
My apologies for the length. Normally I’d spread these out over multiple posts so it’s not a giant block of text but I don’t have that kind of time so here we go.Continue reading Thoughts On *Gestures Broadly*
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.Continue reading What Moral System is Best?
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.Continue reading Thoughts on Prayer and Filling a Social Void with God
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.Continue reading A word of encouragement
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.Continue reading My Problem With The Common Ancestor
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.
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.Continue reading The Bible Might Be True in Ways We Haven’t Thought Of
I find that the question of whether we live in a simulated reality or some kind of “sub-reality” an interesting one in that it occupies the thoughts and imaginations of so many. It also has deeper implications in whether there is ultimate objective truth and whether it is knowable.