Note: A couple years ago, we discussed Mother Teresa and her unearned reputation. I recently rewrote the episode and have posted the new version here. Mother Teresa is a cultural symbol of compassion, love for the poor, and dedication to a greater purpose. If you read almost anything written about her, you’ll … Continue reading The Mother Teresa Myth
What is philosophy? The Greek philosophia means “love of wisdom.” I think philosophy is about the love of and pursuit of wisdom and truth. Can philosophy make progress? We can get closer to the truth and inspire more love for the search for it, so yes. It might be hard to know when we’re closer … Continue reading Five Questions for Philosophers
Karl Marx penned one of the most famous anti-religious statements of all time: “[Religion] is the opium of the people.” Everyone’s heard that line, but much like Nietzsche’s “God is dead,” people have a tendency to take it at face value and are happy to reduce it to a slogan without looking much into the … Continue reading Is Religion the Opium of the People?
It’s often claimed that there’s no sorrow in heaven. Every tear will be dried, etc. But if this is true, it has at least one implication that starkly contradicts a belief that’s a central pillar of the Christian narrative. When we talk about the existence of suffering in the context of the problem of evil, … Continue reading Heaven
When surveying the howling wilderness of religious epistemology, it’s hard to miss the Argument from Personal Experience as a conspicuous monument to its shortcomings. In its essential form, it’s simply the assertion that the subjective certainty felt by a person regarding an experience they had means that they’re right about some claim they’re making. Whether … Continue reading Argument From Personal Experience
In the latter half of my Christian life, my circles shifted farther and farther charismatic. I was always a Biblical literalist, but the crazy dial was set relatively low, or at least as low as it can be for a young earth creationist. After years of practicing fairly conservatively, my friends and family embraced things … Continue reading Speaking in Tongues / Glossolalia
The Christmas narratives in Matthew and Luke are supposed to contain fulfilled prophecies. However, these two Gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth are not only discrepant, but conflict with our historical knowledge. It’s common for Christians to point to biblical prophecies as compelling evidence for us to consider, and Jesus himself comes up often. They insist … Continue reading Prophecy and the Birth of Jesus