Micah Redding — Christian Transhumanism: faith, technology & the future

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Good and Evil, Paradox and Contradiction

Sorry things are a little slow lately. I've been working on some big thoughts, trying to fit them together and make them dance. But in the meantime, let me share a few thoughts about good and evil. The New Testament habitually engages in the ver...

The Solipsist's Fallacy

Solipsism is the belief that you can never truly know if anyone else is real. This is a common endpoint for philosophy, the reductio ad absurdum at the end of long chains of reasoning. It's what Descartes was trying to get around when he wrote "I...

The Existence of God?

I'm writing this for my atheist friends who see no reason or justification for believing in God - not to convince them, but to give them a window into my own thought processes, and an alternative to many of the things they've probably encountered....
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Deus Ex Machina

In Insurrection, Peter Rollins critiques the Deus Ex Machina. This is the god that, in ancient Greek plays, was lowered on a rope into the middle of the stage, in order to resolve the story. It's a terrible contrivance, and we've probably all see...

The Skulls, Bones and The Power of Law

The Skulls is a fictitious movie based on Yale's notorious secret Skull and Bones society. It follows the path of a new initiate through the process of getting picked, going to clandestine meetings, engaging in rituals and tests of dedication, unt...

Wisdom

I need wisdom. More than anything in my life, I need to be able to see my way forward, to evaluate the choices ahead of me. I've always been a consumer of knowledge, someone who couldn't leave well enough alone, who had to tease apart the inner w...

The Vast Economy

Increasingly, I have come to believe that the world is best understood as a Vast Economy, an ecosystem encompassing all the small economies we know about and measure, utilizing our every choice, from the individual to the society at large, for its...
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I am more fundamentalist than you

At the beginning of the 20th century, prominent religious leaders got together and formed a list of five fundamentals - the items of belief that they thought were non-negotiable elements of Christian faith. These elements include the inspiration...

Why I hate religion, but love Jesus

This video has been making the rounds, stirring up a lot of attention and commentary, and causing at least a few people to drop the f-word into some Christian discussion lists. Go and watch it now, and then come back. I've been engaging with a fe...

Religion is practice

Some things take practice. But when the practice is over, we must act. Religion, as it exists throughout the world and through history, is practice. It prepares the mind with deep thoughts, meditation, and understanding. It trains you to make go...
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Peter Rollins and the Deception of Living in the Moment

Lately I've been reading Peter Rollins, and in doing so, have become very suspicious of anything that might provide a false sense of security. Like every being or creature, we naturally resist change. We attempt to maintain the status quo to pro...

New year's resolve: change

This year, my only resolution is to change. I've made my share of resolutions, goals, and ambitions, and so my relationship with such things is firmly in the "it's complicated" category. I may talk more about that later, but for now, let's admit...
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Artists, Developers, and The Deep Structures of The New World

Software is swallowing the world. This is nothing new. From the moment human consciousness sprang into being, it has been trying to remake the world in its image. Consciousness is, after all, fundamentally a virtual reality, a space that exists ...
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Peter Rollins and Experiencing God

In Insurrection, Peter Rollins critiques the way in which various religious movements attempt to experience God. One approach is the one taken by Chick Tracts, where God is a being so external to the world, the earth is left with no real meaning...

imputed righteousness, part 2

I've just written how reading Paul's statements on guilt changed my whole way of thinking, and switched my mind to a new track. The track I'm referring to is something I've called "non-metaphysical Christianity", the idea that the scriptures are ...

imputed righteousness and switching tracks

In my ongoing quest to remove everything unreal from my religious life, I've run head-on into the concept of imputed righteousness. If you're not familiar with the idea, it's the cornerstone of Calvinist theology, and the idea many people think i...
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Peter Rollins and the Death of Religion

I'm currently reading Peter Rollins' brilliant and incisive book "Insurrection". One of the primary ideas is that on the cross, Jesus lost everything including God himself, and that this experience of the loss of God is the central dynamic at the ...

christianity is hard

I think Christianity is hard. That's kind of a rough thing to say, and instantly brings up all kinds of objections. But it seems to be fairly clear in the gospels that Jesus doesn't expect people to be able to accept his message easily. His stat...

i am orthodox

I don't have much use for the term Orthodox. I think it means "within the bounds of historic Christianity", but those bounds have been moving ever since Jesus forgot to specify which disciple got to call all the shots. When Martin Luther broke awa...

The Simulation Argument, remixed

The other day I published my Introduction to the Simulation Argument, to some interesting reactions. Although it's a very simple argument, the mental contortions one has to jump through make it difficult for many people to grasp. So let me recap a...

what is real

I think the New Testament is obsessed with the question of what is real. Of course, this is amply predated earlier in the scriptures. The Jewish prophets spent a lot of time and energy telling people that idols weren't real, that they were made o...

A decade of being vegetarian - and why I chose to stop

This is an excerpt from my email list. Click the link to get more memos like this one. I've been a vegetarian for just about a decade. The other day, I decided to stop. Around ten years ago, a constellation of experiences and feelings and phil...

i am not hurt

In reading many, many things that have been written about people who have left or are leaving church, one thing seems to be consistent. They have been hurt. This makes sense, for a lot of reasons. It's common for institutions to plow over and t...