Archive for Religious

The Mindset of a Pharisee

Check out this interviewer trying to nail Jordan Peterson. When JP explains how his work has helped countless young men escape drug addiction and suicide, the guy doesn’t bat an eye (or challenge JP to see if he’s exaggerating). He just moves on to the next rhetorical trap. (And no, just because I’m saying this […]

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God the Teacher

I was looking at the reaction on Facebook to Bernie Sanders’ hospitalization. Someone wrote, “I hope he dies and burns in hell” (or something like that). It really struck me: I do not at all think God operates in such a crude fashion. I am happy for people to post Bible verses that apparently endorse […]

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“Black Mirror” and the Need for Jesus

I have been very impressed with the Black Mirror series. I am way behind (I only started watching them this year, I believe) but wanted to write a quick post concerning one of the episodes… (Note that there are major spoilers, in case you are only starting the series yourself.) The episode starts showing a […]

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“Why?”

In economics a lot of what I do–especially when writing for the general public–is to flesh out a thought experiment where the government does something that I consider to be a bad policy. Though it violates some abstract moral principle, it may seem to yield beneficial results. But then, as time passes in the thought […]

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What Can We Do?

I’ve been traveling on Sundays lately and so have been lax in my posts. Well in my Bible study we’re covering the Beatitudes (and more), so I think the least I can do is relay Jesus’ wisdom: The Beatitudes 20And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you who are […]

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The Garden of Eden and Original Sin

Here are two standard critiques of Christianity: Why does a good God allow evil? The doctrine of “original sin” is monstrous–how can the actions of Adam and Eve possibly affect the “nature” of their descendants? The other day an idea popped into my head (I would say God gave it to me but I realize […]

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Thoughts on Christianity

I am sure I’ve said something like this on the blog before, but here’s what I posted on Facebook today…

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A Testimony on Becoming Christian

I don’t think I already shared this? Anyway, BraveTheWorld has shared her experience of going from intellectual atheist to Christian. It interests me because I had a similar journey. I am curious about which (if any) of her points resonate with people, because at some point I’ll devote a podcast episode to this topic (in […]

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