One of the biggest downfalls of institutions, particularly religious institutions, is their demand for ideological homogeneity. This mentality goes far beyond a unity of purpose and extends to the point where any disagreement, even a nuanced difference of opinion, is not tolerated.
If Christians believed their scriptures, they would care much more about the earth. If atheists believed their scriptures, they would care much less.
As we try to navigate a confusing world, some approaches to life seem to be more useful than others. One approach is to adopt a cultural narrative as a starting point and then interpret life events through your cultural lens. A better approach is to use evidence to determine the correctness of the cultural narrative. … Continue reading An Evidence-Based Approach
Ever since the cycle of violence began to spiral out of control, the majority of humans have rejected a theistic solution to human violence and have endeavored to create a system that simply did not permit conflict. Rather than seeking to reconcile with our Creator, we spend all our energy building artificial structures to regulate other people’s behavior according to our preferences. In the process of creating these structures, we have produced negative psychological and physiological effects on individuals that in turn, reduce our society’s ability to actually progress. By emphasizing following procedures over problem solving and good judgment, we’ve essentially shut down the part of our brain that performs these functions. The result is that our brains’ right hemispheres have atrophied. It’s time we stopped looking for systemic solutions to our problems and began reconnecting the two halves of our brain.
What if I told you that I was absolutely certain that there was a life-sustaining, yet-to-be-identified planet in a galaxy far, far away? So certain, in fact, that I would die before I said that there might not be any other life-sustaining planet in the universe other than our earth. What if I then told you that … Continue reading A Parable of Two Planets
For whatever reason, there are two things that I find extremely frustrating: things that are illogical and people that waste my time. When it comes to the Christian religion, I find a confluence of both. The main reason for this is the institutionalization of what was intended to be life as Jesus taught it. Another … Continue reading Why I Write
Most Christians hold a worldview that is built on a shaky foundation. (Cue the outrage.) Allow me to explain. Very few Christians are able to articulate their rationale for why they believe what they believe. When asked for a rationale for their worldview, they are generally unable to offer a cogent reason and say something to the effect of “Well, that’s why it’s called faith.” The end. God said it, I believe it, that settles it.
Christians throughout history, particularly in Western Christian religious circles, have been (with a few notable exceptions) notoriously poor at holding doctrinal beliefs that are based on evidence. Most people accept their denomination’s doctrine because it is the majority consensus of their sect. That consensus is usually based on tradition which can generally be traced back to the denomination’s founder. Every doctrine of Christianity must be questioned and either held or rejected based on evidence.
Cultural paradigms are generally characterized by a distinct lack of critical thinking. This can be clearly seen in every trendy social cause that draws massive amounts of public outrage and seems to change weekly. A severe lack of critical thinking is also extremely prevalent in most religious, political, and scientific schools of thought.