Category Religion

Christmas thoughts

Sin is an empirical reality. Sin is in the first sense a personal choice to do something evil. It is destructive to self, to others, and to society. In an analogous sense we can also speak of original sin, the state in which we poor humans find ourselves of being inclined to personal sin and […]

Four Theses about the New Testament

I’ve been thinking more about my synthesis about the New Testament. I think my thoughts can be broken down into four theses: The NT consists of theological texts written by theologians. These theologians were mostly educated in Jerusalem pre-70AD, even if they may have written their works at a later date and in other locations. […]

New Category

I’ve created a new subcategory under “Religion” called New Testament. The idea is to bring all my posts about NT studies under one heading. About 50% of my ideas about the NT are derived from either Tom Wright or Joseph Ratzinger* and the rest picked up from various Bible commentaries over the years. I doubt […]

Yet More Satanist Cringe

I seem to have offended an atheist for having unjustly conflated atheists and Satanists. The confusion is understandable, but the fact is that there are two kinds of Satanists, Satanist who are atheists and Satanists who are not. Of the two groups the former is actually the more popular. What exactly are Atheistic Satanists? At […]

More Satanist Cringe: Holiday edition

A Satanist shares how to cope with the Thanksgiving – Christmas season and the stresses of nosey family members, Trump-voting uncles, invitations to prayer and all that icky stuff. Here is the advice in abbreviated form: Know your own desires. If you don’t want to argue politics or go to church, don’t. Know how to […]

Snark and Rage

The Catholics and their fat mama Mary did not stop our Black Mass. The consecrated host was defiled, destroyed, and swept into the trash where it belongs. Thank you Brash brewing company for hosting this wonderful event! Public Unbaptism early 2020 y'all! #HAILSATAN — The Satanic Temple – Houston (@HoustonTST) November 24, 2019 I know […]

The Rise and Fall of New Atheism

Scott Alexander points out the sudden rise and fall of New Atheism, which in the mid 2000s transitioned from rational arguments about the non-existence of God to a sort of umbrella for Progressive activists. He argues that the reasons are ultimately political. President Bush was an Evangelical, so Progressives focused on atheism as a way […]