Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Estranged Notions: Why Having a Heart of Gold is Not What Christianity is About

Today's post:

Why Having a Heart of Gold is Not What Christianity is About

So apparently Christianity isn't about ethics but rather “the explosive emergence of a new world”. 2000 years on, and the same old world is turning just as it always did. Isn't this argument starting to wear a bit thin?

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

A year of Notional Estrangement

The Great Purge was a year ago today (give or take some hours either way).

Stats since then: over 157 thousand pageviews, over 17 thousand comments.

So consider this a feedback thread (not an open thread, I'm leaving the existing one of those open). Anything I should do differently?

Estranged Notions: Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

Today's post:

Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

Starts off by answering the wrong question, then proceeds to deploy argument by assertion (“God does X” ... yes, and you know this how?).

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Estranged Notions: The Real War on Science

Bit of an oddball article this time around:

The Real War on Science

I'd sum this one up as “likes mathematical models and demarcating science from metaphysics, dislikes Big Data and string theory”. On demarcating science and metaphysics he rightly says that Aristotle made no such distinction; but apparently fails to miss that the demarcation in modern times is demanded not by scientists, but by philosophers and theologians in order to protect their metaphysical territory from the incursion of awkward scientific facts.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Estranged Notions: Monogenism or Polygenism?: The Question of Human Origins

So we get Feser's part 2, and it's just “Adam and Eve and Ted and Alice” over again:

Monogenism or Polygenism?: The Question of Human Origins

This insistence on an all-or-nothing model of rationality or sapience (a ‘rational soul’ which is either present or absent) is ridiculous.