God’s Little Hero

Published October 10, 2021 Comments: 0
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This piece was written on October 19th, 2006, and originally published on my LiveJournal. Before you get into it, there’s a fair bit of warning that needs to be said. I define faith as believing something is true or probably true despite lack of evidence or worse, in contradiction of the evidence. When I discuss faith here I do not mean a belief in the future or trust and confidence in something. My personal, individual beliefs do not include the idea of faith. In fact, I am very critical of the idea of faith. I believe faith, and its institutions of religion, are responsible for a number of ills in our further understanding of reality, morality, and our natures. I wrote this as a satirical/sarcastic piece to illustrate the follies and dangerous ideas that truly can be found in the Bible, in context, or out of context. Everything presented here is an interpretation of a passage from the Bible (which I provide a link to so you can see for yourself.) I believe engaging in the belief that a book, written by people throughout history with their own biases, is some de facto standard of morality because it’s from God is dangerous and foolish. It is hubristic to look at reality, and this universe, and think that you know the explanations for its entire existence with absolutely no objective evidence whatsoever. I don’t do that, but people who believe in God do that every time they pray. And before the gun is jumped, I don’t blindly worship science either. What many might consider “facts” I still consider “theories.” ... [Read More]

The Objective Standard And The Shapiro Principle

Published May 5, 2021 Comments: 0
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[Mr. Biddle] (you) propose[s] that religionists and secularists alike can form a unified reason-based movement in support of freedom. But they can’t, as anything that finds its foundation in the religion of the religionists is irrational, thus they can’t be reason-based. The idea is and has always been, to move people to abandon the faith-based concept and embrace the reason-based concept. Religionists, being religionists, by definition won’t do that (lest they not be religionists). This idea of a “unified front” is contradictory and unachievable, and it [hinders] advocacy. “Religionists,” being those that are not just theists, but support a particular religion, are referred to as “religionists” because they are characterized in everything they say and do by their chosen religion. Just like you might be characterized as an Objectivist because everything you propose here is supposedly founded in Rand’s philosophy. ... [Read More]

Social Contract Theory Advocates Hate Him! Find Out Why!

Published November 27, 2020 Comments: 0
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Nothing bares the worst of man’s politics than the need to hold steadfast the integrity of group identity; the grossest culprit is society’s presumed goodness. This presumed good society reflects all the depths of man: resourceful and benevolent while simultaneously not lacking in desire, powerful enough to destroy its environment and yet incapable of standing up to one self-centered man, theoretically loving yet somehow always assumed apathetic, to be cautiously minded as a parent that knows what’s best and yet ignored as an uninformed agent of conformity. No matter the degree of depravity to which any mob might sink, nor the quantity of its victims, society remains untarnished; the good it can deliver retains its purity. No amount of corruption nor vice can ever reach high enough to topple the pedestal of esteem on which society sits. It is omniscient, as it always knows the best way. It is unknowable, as it is always something that’s not any one of us. In this respect, it is the original god. Society is the original religion to which we continue to owe our lives. Of course, as with all religions, it’s a lie. ... [Read More]

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