I’ve previously argued against the more intuitive, default form of dualism that religious people tend to believe in. But moving past our first guess at how consciousness works is only the first step. Among those who reject the notion of a ghost in the machine, there is a wide range of opinion. There is by … Continue reading Panpsychism, Mysterianism, Epiphenomenalism
Do we have an immaterial soul or are we just electrified meat? Most arguments from consciousness advocate one form or another of dualism, which is basically the position that the mind is more than or separate from the biological activity of the brain. The vast majority of Christians are substance dualists, and the vast majority … Continue reading Science vs. The Soul
When I first started the podcast, I was dying to get to my two episodes on the 20th century. Christians have so frequently tried to pin the atrocities and genocides of the 20th century on atheism that I should’ve grown callous to it, but it still made me angry every time I heard Darwin or … Continue reading State Atheism
Substance dualism is the standard view among Christians. They believe that the mind can’t be reduced to the workings of something physical like the brain, and that the mind and body are made of two distinct substances. There are many arguments from consciousness and a vast range of opinion among experts on the issue of … Continue reading Argument from Consciousness: Do You Have A Soul?
Any social phenomenon is going to have several causes. If you’re going to say “The sole cause of this political trend is X,” then you’re almost certainly already wrong, no matter what you substitute for X. I think I have a reasonable grip on at least one of the causal factors of a particular social … Continue reading Why Trump is the Dream President of Evangelical Christians
I saw an article on Patheos a while back called Ten Things Christians Accidentally Tell Me About Themselves. The author pointed out that Christians often project in the Freudian sense and he gave examples of Christians essentially saying “No, you are.” So I took a few of his and added a few of my own that … Continue reading No, You Are: When Christians Project
We haven't really talked about how this group became the world’s largest religion, and the rise of Christianity is something I remember from being a Christian that myself and others would fall back on. In response to arguments like the ones we’ve talked about the last few episodes, Christians always have this safety net. Wasn’t … Continue reading The Spread of Christianity