Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Meaning

One thing that convinces me most that we are not the mere outcomes of brute natural forces is that it is not brutality which lies at the heart of meaning but tenderness.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

My De-conversion From Christianity

Thank God I am finally free of the Christian religion!  Over the past few months I had been noticing things I considered flaws in Christianity, and finally about two months ago I was able to declare boldly that there is no way Jesus of Nazareth was the true Messiah.  For a very short while I pondered becoming a Jew, but I figured why leave one prison only to check into another?

I don't feel like explaining my de-conversion here.  There is a wonderful, exciting, liberating story behind it in which the captive sets himself free from the shackles of scripture, but I just don't feel like going into all that.  If you are a Christian and you want to know why I de-converted just read an essay written by a Jew on why they do not consider Jesus to be the Messiah.  Also, consider that Jesus said, "It is not that which goes into a man that defiles him, but that which comes out," and how that totally defies the Law of Moses, which the real Messiah is supposed to uphold.

I am still a Theist.  I still argue with atheists.  But I am also finally able to live a full life without having to constantly keep a lot of inhuman, servile ordinances.  No more slave religion for me!

 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Discrimination

We are always and forever hearing about one type of discrimination or another.  And we should hear about them, because they have always been a problem.  From race relations to sexuality to disability, the world is abuzz with efforts to rectify things.

But the world never attempts to rectify the most obvious problems.  If a person of color is discriminated against that's a problem.  But apparently it isn't a problem if the less attractive woman doesn't get the best paying job because she is less attractive.  Let's face it, if you are not very physically attractive, you will have more doors closed in your face than if you are attractive.  And this applies whether you are black or white, gay or straight.  That this is a problem is not surprising.  What's surprising is that it is perfectly condoned by society.  You don't see campaigns to promote equality for the aesthetically challenged.  And yet the slightest infraction of someone's rights based on race or sexuality and the news squad gets called to the scene.  The absurdity of this never fails to arrest me.

Another problem is intelligence.  I mean, I realize companies have to hire people who can do the work.  But would it be too much to ask if the less intelligent get treated with respect and empathy.  It is, after all, one of those things that can't be helped--at least in part.  There is no level playing field, and inequality is not going away, but if we start seeing individuals rather than groups we can go much farther.  Compassion for all is the answer.  Try to put yourself in someone else's place.  And maybe you can try to be patient, because the world isn't.

Friday, April 4, 2014

okay

The concept of an uncaused cause is not naturalistic, and an uncaused cause is necessary because the past cannot be infinite.  God is, by definition, the uncaused cause that brought the universe into existence.  Finite occurrences bring other finite occurrences into existence.  Thus there had to be an occurrence stemming from something that wasn't finite to bring the universe (or simply everything) into existence.  Otherwise there would be an infinite regress of previous finite occurrences.