Reading Time: 2 minutes Yue Little grew a caterpillar into a pure, white moth, which she named Calvin. When I witness such things, imagining that somehow, through a blind process chock-full of errors, an organism arose which changes from a many-legged caterpillar into a two-winged creature of flight, is so preposterous as to be something out of a fairy tale.
Reading Time: 2 minutes The universe beginning to exist is a problem for atheism in that it indicates a creator. Multiple attempts to bypass this problem have been propounded, but my favorite is the argument that nothing exists right now. Does that sound crazy? Surely a professor at Oxford wouldn’t say that, right? I cut out this clip of the renowned chemist Dr. Peter Atkins saying just that. It’s quite the escape hatch to…
Reading Time: < 1 minute We’ve all heard of murderers who are described as having soulless eyes. It’s a creepy thing to imagine. In the worldview of atheism though, everyone has soulless eyes, because no one has a soul.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Is all of the New Testament the New Testament?
Reading Time: 2 minutes “Drag artists have channeled their penchant for playfully “‘reading each other to filth” into different forms of literacy, promoting storytelling as integral to queer and trans communities, as well as positioning queer and trans cultural forms as valuable components of early childhood education.”
Reading Time: < 1 minute My friend and mentor, Jeff, has lived in Africa for going on 4 decades. He has the most upstanding family and extended family I’ve ever met. With a message like this always coming from him, it’s no surprise.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Americans exist in a nation of failed families. A nation which sacrifices the unborn for convenience. It’s a nation of shattered homes, and of nuclear families ripped asunder, where they even existed in the first place. A nation where commitment and lifelong together-goals are scorned and derided as superstitious relics of a bygone era.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Stewardship is huge these days. From environmentalism to welfare, we’re bombarded with the message that we, as the virtuous people we know ourselves to be, need to focus on saving things: democracy, the planet; feelings. Companies accept diktats under the acronym “ESG,” standing for “environmental, social, and corporate governance.” You’ve got to keep that ESG score up, so accept the messaging you’re given and promulgate it. Yet often what we…
Reading Time: 2 minutes An old coworker once told me that he was spending a good deal of money on a website where he could subscribe to a certain girl and watch her perform sexual acts and apparently also work on cars while naked. It was easy for me to list off the reasons I didn’t think this was healthy, moral, or financially prudent (and sure enough, his marriage fell apart). I think that…
Reading Time: < 1 minute I love roller coasters and have a particular fondness for ones made by the Swiss company Bolliger & Mabillard. Through the ups and downs of the run, I’m able to have fun because much thought went into the design, and I know I’m going to be safe in the end. The ups and downs of life are also much easier for me knowing that I’m following a design made by…
Reading Time: 2 minutes “Let them come. There is still one dwarf yet in Moria who still draws breath.”
Reading Time: 3 minutes Big tech suppresses certain ideas through social mechanisms and disallowing certain interactions. You’ve seen the playbook, which includes things like removing dislikes from ideas they support, prohibiting sharing of certain information entirely, banning heterodox thinkers who seem most open and might attract others, posting “fact-checks” which are factual though not truthful (and in some cases which are purely fallacious), and promoting certain concepts while disallowing others.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Thanks to the events of the recent past, many people have been putting a huge emphasis on avoiding people who seem ill. They want to avoid contagion, so unless they’re healthcare workers, they don’t spend all day around sick people.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Part of being “self-sufficient” is having a close network that helps you. Self-sufficient communities exist far better than self-sufficient individuals, as there’s a need for human connection, and of course on the more technical side of things, people tend to specialize and have different strengths and weaknesses. In fact, one of the most successful such societies in the United States is probably the Amish. They survive so well because they focus on…
Reading Time: 11 minutes Examining the telltale signs of a culture marching toward totalitarianism at breakneck speed.
Reading Time: 9 minutes A look into the history of Marxism, Nazism, and Christianity.
Be ready. Be active. Don’t lie. Serve others. Live Not by Lies.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Hey there good lookin’! What’s cookin’—in your character, that is? *finger guns* And how can you find out?
Reading Time: 5 minutes It has been said that politics is a conspiracy of the unproductive but organized against the productive but unorganized. If you do not think this is true, read about the October Revolution of 1917, where Lenin and the Bolsheviks proved that a dedicated minority can gain absolute power over a disorganized, leaderless, indifferent majority.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Thoughts about a study I had with a friend on the concept of some people in Christianity being “very special.”
Reading Time: 2 minutes We often wonder about “fate,” or a predetermined outcome that we can’t escape. Does it exist?
Reading Time: 6 minutes In an age that seeks to force you into mental compliance, because surely you alone are left, do not give in, no matter how the temptation is packaged. Live Not by Lies.
Reading Time: 4 minutes This is part 2 in a series. One thing that I learned from Dr. J. Lennox of Oxford is that it’s imperative to test the premises and data of assertions, no matter the credentials and subject mastery of the person making the assertion. We don’t just need good reasoning, but also good logic. Logic is the fundamental rules that we apply to reasoning to “reason from A to B.” It’s…
Reading Time: 3 minutes What does it mean to “live not by lies?” People will soon either come to find out, or they will live by lies.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Some thoughts on thoughtful prayer. Also cats.
Reading Time: 2 minutes It is hard to be thankful for pain when you consider all the moments you got to hold you kid and listen to her floating laugh echoing in the halls, which now ring only with the high-pitched, tinny whine that your ears pick up when there is only silence. It’s hard to be thankful for the times your mom cooked you your favorite dinner as you stand in the kitchen, now empty forever, helping load boxes of items you have to do, well, something with. It’s hard to be thankful for the pain as you tell your best friend and confidant, “I finally got rid of his toothbrush today. I guess this makes it real.”