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5 Ways that Christianity is the True Feminism

Feminism is ironically named. Those who we call feminists almost never promote femininity. In fact, most hate all things traditionally called feminine and are probably quietly stewing as they read the word here. Instead, they promote masculine things for women. Rarely does a feminist tout giving out awards to a woman that achieve excellence in areas traditionally done by women (crafts, cooking, homemaking, etc) but instead insist that women who excel in historically male fields receive lauds.  Women that achieve in sports, the military, or business are considered especially worthy of being held up as examples. Nor do feminists encourage women to dress or behave in traditionally feminine ways. Short hair, paints (vs skirts), and a lack of makeup are considered feminist markers. And feminists go further encouraging women to behave like men sexually and suppressing the one thing that women can do that men cannot do - have children - by the pill and abortion. This is not any sort of true…

Transgender as a Natural Result of Wealth and Decadence

[This article is new but it includes excerpts found in an earlier article.]

Modern society has an alphabet of different sexualities.  Depending on who you talk to, the letters are now, LGBTQIA. I would like to take a moment to talk briefly about the "T's." As I have discussed earlier, the LGB's are a strange new set of identities that would have made no sense in ancient Greece or Rome (or most ancient societies).

But what about the T's? The T stands for transgender and is an interesting addition to the LGBT alphabet when viewed through the lens of ancient thinking. Because in ancient days, this would have been viewed as a very different thing altogether from the L, the G, and the B. As previously argued, those first three letters would have been as meaningless as asking someone if they ate only Chinese food or only Mexican. The answer would be a confused stare. Men of privilege were not limited in their sexual tastes in these neat categories and often experim…

Puddleglum's Wager

Pascal's wager is well known and oft repeated. It goes something like this: If the Christian God is true, then the punishment for going to hell is almost infinite and the reward for going to heaven is almost infinite. But if there is no God and atheism is true, the punishment for being wrong and the reward for being right are both the same - you die and disappear. Therefore, it makes sense to 'bet' that Christianity is right. The worst that can happen is that you are wrong (atheism is true) and you die and disappear. On the other hand, if you bet that atheism is true and you are wrong, you spend eternity in hell and if you are right, you get the same fate as the Christian that was wrong (you die and disappear).

While there is a certain logic to this, I think there is also a certain shallowness to it. Is a faith based on a raw calculation of safety really be a genuine faith?

But there is a 'wager' that I find to be compelling and important: Puddleglum's Wager.


Why the Alphabet Grows - How The Gay Rights Movement Requires Christianity to Exist

The gay rights movement is often thought of as either completely independent from any sort of religious reflection or in direct conflict with religious thought. But the truth is that the whole concept of being gay depends on Christianity. Without the Christian religion, there would be no such thing as 'gay.'

We call something heresy when it takes much or most of Christianity and then makes some sort of significant change. To illustrate, Hinduism is generally not called a heresy by Christians. It is simply called another religion. Hinduism does not find its foundations in Christianity, has completely different teachings, and rather than twisting or changing Christian doctrine, it appears to have been built from the ground up. In contrast, Oneness Pentecostalism is called a heresy because it adopts almost all of mainstream Christian teaching (on morals, on the bible, etc) but rejects one very significant teaching of orthodox Christianity (the Trinity).

Despite what you might ex…

The Difference Between Knowledge and Wisdom - AKA Why Our Society Is So Screwed

We live in the information age. We know more things about more things than we have ever known before. Wikipedia is a library so big that surely puts to shame every other library in human history. Our universities are full of specialists on every subject you can think of. Do you want to know what Mark Twain got for his 50th birthday? I am sure some Twain scholar knows. Want to see two grown men fight about how the Romans made their buggy whips? Give a couple of drinks to the guys in the history department. We know a lot of things. And we are hungry to learn more things. Our national focus on education feeds this hunger. The internet feeds this. Every parent on the planet feeds this. Get educated or be poor and stupid are the choices. 

And so the people we turn to for direction are, predictably, experts. People who know a lot of information about a given subject. Is there going to be a war with North Korea? Quick, find an expert on the region to tell us his thoughts! Is the trade war w…

The Stories We Tell About Ourselves and Why History Matters

How we tell history shapes our future. Humans are shaped by our stories. Each of us tells our own history. One might say, 'I have always been a scrappy fighter. I overcame being cut from the basketball team and ended up being an all-star. I got better grades than the smarter kids and got into that top university. And once I entered the workforce, I got promoted faster and younger than almost anyone in my age group.' Another might say, 'I have always different. In third grade, I was picked last. The girls didn't like me. I never got invited to the parties in high school. And in college, I mostly kept my head down and didn't socialize.' Others might think of themselves as the smart one, the funny one, the athlete, or the creative one. But we think this based on our history. Who we were when we were kids, college students, and in our early career becomes who we are.

What sort of story do you tell about yourself? Whatever it is, it probably shapes the job, spouse,…

Why didn't Christianity end slavery sooner? Is a ridiculous question

I have noted in the past that Christianity helped end slavery. But some ask, why did the Christian world wait as long as it did? If God only had more explicit condemnations of slavery, maybe slavery could have been prevented in the Christian world.

I find this question funny. People criticize the Christian world for not ending slavery fast enough.And on some level, I agree. We should have ended it earlier and more completely. Popes, pastors and Christian leaders who gave any support to slavery made a serious error.

But that is not the funny part. The funny part is this. We ended it first. We ended earlier  than anyone. Christians ended it for all intents and purposes in the middle ages and then completely banned it in the 19th century.

And we were the ONLY major culture to end slavery. Secularists didn't do it. Devout Christians did. So the complaint is "you guys didn't do it early enough."

Imagine being a kid in a filthy house. The dad left for the day and said he w…

It is Hilarious That Justin Trudeau Was Busted Wearing Facepaint - but not racist

Conservatives are taking great joy in the recently revealed photo of the very self righteous liberal PM of Canada wearing dark brown make up as part of an 'Arabian Nights' party in 2001. The standard among our easily triggered, racism-is-behind-everything culture that we now live in is that any sort of dark paint on your face is 'racist.' And photos of Trudeau (the darling of the woke left) wearing what is now considered a racist costume is almost too much much poetic justice.

But can I just point out that it is not actually "racist?" Almost all costumes are intended to be exaggerated representations of things we are not. If I dress up like a pirate, I put on an eye-patch, a hook hand, and a peg leg. If I dress up like a Viking, I wear a fake beard, a horned helmet, and carry a sword. If I dress up like Lieutenant Commander Data from 'Star Trek the Next Generation,' I would slick back my hair, wear a one piece Federation uniform, and ......apply a li…

Explaining the Joke- to myself

I know I have been posting a lot of Chappelle content recently. That speaks to what a thought provoking special he gave us. I recently explained one of the jokes in his special that I thought people were getting backwards. But I also suddenly realized that I got a joke backwards as well. When I wrote my original review of ‘Sticks and Stones’ I had two criticisms. First, I thought making fun of Michael Jackson abuse victims sucked. And second, I disagreed with his abortion comments. I standby the MJ comments but I now realize that I missed the point of the abortion comments.

Chappelle started off repeating the standard pro-abortion position: women have an absolute right to abortion. No man should have a say. This is where he lost me. As a pro-life advocate, The flaws in this position bug me to no end. So I tuned out what he said next. But what he said next is brilliant. He said that if women have this absolute right to kill the baby, men should be able to abandon it. He then said, “an…

New York Times confirms, "Not Born That Way" - More on The Bombshell Science Magazine Study

The most read column in the history of this website was about the bombshell Science Magazine study two weeks ago. This should be the story of our generation but, as predicted, this story is being ignored by everyone not named Lewis Ungit. The New York Times reported on it but did so right before the holiday weekend and wrote in a way that buried the essential and shocking finding of the study: genes cannot predict our sexuality. The result was that this has been ignored. Now, I understand why liberals would want to dismiss it. LGBT rights has been a cornerstone of their political platform for decades.  And being "born that way" has been the cornerstone of the LGBT movement. But why in the world are conservatives being silent? Why is this bombshell being allowed to slip from the mainstream? My only guess is that conservatives are scared. I have noticed that republicans in recent years are more and more willing to sign up to the LGBT agenda. Trump, after all, is the first rep…

The Presence of Evil in the World Does Not Make the Case for Atheism

Atheists often point to the wicked things in this world (starvation of children, rape of women, etc) as evidence that God is not real. After all, if an all powerful God existed, why wouldn't he stop those things?

Few atheists realize it but they are repeating a very old argument. It was originally crafted by philosophers in ancient Greece but was resurrected and articulated for the post-Enlightenment world by 18th century philosopher David Hume. He argued the following philosophical argument:

1-If an all powerful and good God existed, he could and would stop evil. 
2- Evil exists. 
3- Therefore, either God is not good, or he is not powerful but a good and all powerful God is disproved by the presence of evil in the universe.

And once Hume had crafted this argument, it held held a lot of weight in academic circles for almost 200 years. Various academics referenced the argument, built on the argument, and viewed the argument as a bullet proof argument against any sort of serious beli…

Explaining the Joke - Chappelle's Trans Joke

Explaining jokes sucks. Once you have to explain it, it is not funny. And there is something funny about letting the clueless person stay clueless. But every once in a while, there is a reason to do it. I typically do it when people are taking a joke exactly backwards. And I think that this is one of those sorts of jokes. But more than getting it backwards, I think people are missing a very brilliant critique that I want people to see. Dave Chappelle's Netflix Special, "Sticks and Stones," had a joke that went like this, [sorry about the video quality and can't promise this video will be live long.]

Here is the joke transcribed:

"Trans people were born in the wrong body. And you have to admit that is a f----ing hilarious predicament. Its really f----ing funny. If it happened to me you would laugh, wouldn't you? It wouldn't be funny if it happened to me? I think it would be. What if I was Chinese but born in this [n-word] body? And for the rest of my life…

Scraping the Scrap

There is a fundamental difference between historic science and contemporary science. Contemporary science looks at phenomena that are happening today. These things can be tested and retested. If a critic arises, you can show it to them again. Historic science looks at a set of data and puts together a theory of what happened before anyone was around to witness the events.To illustrate historic science, think of a crime scene investigator (CSI). The CSI can use science to analyse blood, fingerprints, and footprints. He can construct a picture of what he thinks happened. It might be the best possible theory based on the available data. But there is always a chance his theory is wrong. Hopefully, if he is wrong, new data will vindicate the falsely accused. But sometimes the falsely accused sit in prison for years.

Now compare this CSI to an engineer. The engineer is in charge of a test lab. When a gasket leaks during a test, it is his job to figure out why. There are a bunch of things t…

Against Separation of Church and State

The phrase separation of church and state in today's language means that those in the employ of government institutions (schools, congress, courts, etc) need to keep their religion at arm's length. If a teacher is religious, that's fine but she should avoid expressing that in class. If a politician is religious, that is fine but he should avoid legislating based on his religious convictions. If a judge is religious,  that is fine but he should rule without reference to his faith. State land should not be used for religious ceremony or if it is, it should be generally opened to all religions (including Satanism). When politicians or state employees violate this "separation of church and state" there are a crowd of atheists who are just waiting to file lawsuits.

If this is separation of state, I am against it. I am against it because I actually do not think it is true separation of church and state. I think it violates the first amendment by establishing a religi…