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Does the Atheist Deny What the Theist Affirms?

It seems to me that there is a sort of 'disconnect' in theist-atheist debates. It is as if the parties to the dispute are not talking about the same thing. Jim Ryan writes, The reason I'm an atheist is straightforward....

Elizabeth Anscombe, "Contraception and Chastity"

An untimely meditation by a brilliant mind. A powerful antidote to the confused suggestions of the age. Excerpt: If contraceptive intercourse is permissible, then what objection could there be after all to mutual masturbation, or copulation in vase indebito, sodomy,...

Six Consciousnesses

Over at Brains Blog Uriah Kriegel has been doing a series of posts (starting here) on some themes from his book The Varieties of Consciousness, and in particular his identification of six kinds of phenomenology. I haven’t read the book (yet) and there may be important bits missing from the necessarily brief account given in […]

'Structural Racism' and Conservative Cluelessness

I caught a segment of Sean Hannity's show the other night during which a 'conversation' transpired over the recent spike in violence in Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. At 2:06, Adam...

The Left's Biggest Lie?

What is largest lie of the Left these days? I just heard Dennis Prager say that it is the lie that opposition to Obama's policies is because of his race. If you disagree, what would be the Left's biggest lie?...

John Locke and the Modern Whig Revolution of 1688

In many posts, I have written about the two great revolutions in human history--the Neolithic Revolution, in which human beings moved from foraging to farming, and the Modern Revolution, in which human beings moved into commercial societies. Show More Summary

An Egyptian View of Obama

This may well be a spoof, but a spoof can convey the truth. According to the PoMo Prez, "Climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security." The commentators rack their brains for an explanation of this bizarre claim. I...

The 'Ferguson' Effect

A Turkish proverb has it that "the fish stinks from the head." And indeed it does. From Obama on down, the vilification of law enforcement has lead to a nation-wide spike in violent crime. But while liberals caused the Ferguson...

Philip Larkin's "Continuing to Live"

Whatever you think of his message, you have to admit that Philip Larkin is a very good poet. "Continuing to Live" was written in April, 1954, and was published in Collected Poems 2003. Continuing to live — that is, repeat...

Marriage legal and moral

Some people would argue for a distinction between the legal acceptability of same-sex marriage and its moral acceptability. Consider the following case: a man leaves his wife and three kids, and runs off with a Playboy bunny half his age. Show More Summary

The Left's Undermining of Professional Autonomy

Members of the professoriat have much to complain about, but physicians have it worse. Why Doctors Quit

Micro-Aggression

When macro-aggression is no more, when wrongs have been righted and justice has been promoted and protected to the extent that it can be by government, it is then that leftists invent micro-aggression to keep themselves in business and assure...

Trigger Warning!

The grandpappy of them all is attributable to Hanns Johst: Wenn ich Kultur höre, entsichere ich meinen Browning! "When I hear the word culture, I release the safety on my Browning." Often misquoted and misattributed. I myself misquoted it once...

Like Being the Chief Rabbi in Mecca

I heard David Brooks on C-Span 2 last night. He uncorked a very funny line. "I am the conservative at The New York Times, which is like being the chief rabbi in Mecca." By the way, it was a mention...

On Advertising One's Political Correctness

I am reading an article on some arcane topic such as counterfactual conditionals when I encounter a ungrammatical use of 'they' to avoid the supposedly radioactive 'he.' I groan: not another PC-whipped leftist! I am distracted from the content of...

Bill O'Reilly Makes His Abortion Mistake Again

He did it again last night. So it is right, fitting, proper, and conducive unto clarity of thought that I re-post the following entry from 16 November 2012................. The other night Bill O'Reilly said that a fetus is a...

The Democrats Have Moved Farther to the Left than the Republicans to the Right

Well, obviously. Only a leftist loon could deny it. It is a pleasure to see the spectacularly obvious point made in a NYT op-ed piece by Peter Wehner: AMONG liberals, it’s almost universally assumed that of the two major parties,...

The Left's Hatred of Conservative Talk Radio

This entry from over five years ago stands up well and is worth re-posting. Slightly improved, typos removed, infelicities smoothed. It originally saw the light of the 'sphere on 24 March 2010. As usual the MavPhil doctrine of abrogation is...

Is Man Basically Good?

Conservatives answer in the negative, liberals in the affirmative. This may be the most important difference between the warring parties. Dennis Prager explains the difference very clearly here. Liberals will object to the 'radioactive' Man in the above title borrowed...

Atheism and Ontological Simplicity: A Retraction and a Repair

Chad McIntosh spotted the sloppiness in something I posted the other day. A retraction is in order. And then a repair. A Retraction I wrote, The simple atheist -- to give him a name -- cannot countenance anything as God...

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