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Jesus the Insurgent

This is the fourth in a series of essays on Christianity as Anthropology. Read the previous entries here. By the first century the entire world was under the power of the Roman Empire, the full embodiment of the domination system, the violent out...

Aliens among us

I believe there are aliens among us. That is, I believe that there are non-human creatures deeply involved in our own existence. Of course, you believe in them too. You may call them things like schools, corporations, markets, religions, fads, or...
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The Works of The Devil

For the past two weeks, I've been exploring the nature and rise of human evil. We're about to move into the New Testament, but before we do, I want to make sure I'm super clear as to the problems that were plaguing humanity, and the problems that ...

The Flip

When you flip a coin, it's customary to ask the other person, "heads or tails?" That choice is meaningless. You picking "tails" doesn't change the probability of you getting what you want. It could just as easily have been assigned to you by som...
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Ancient Israel vs The Blood Gods

This is the second post in a series on Christianity as Anthropology. In this, I'm sketching out in quick narrative form a synthesis of many different ideas. See my references here. My previous post described how humans became evil. Now, I want to...
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Why are humans Evil?

Some comments on a recent post brought up the question of why humans are moral. Is it because there is a God, or did we just evolve to act this way? Intriguing as that question is, I'm more interested in a different question. Why are humans evil...
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Arguing about the Bible

I grew up arguing about the bible. Son of a preacher-man, raised in one of the most biblically-obsessed religious groups in America, I like to think that I know how to argue it well. But the toughest argument is always the one with yourself. “Am...
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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...
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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...