This is a list of some of my favorite resources on Classical Theism and the topics discussed throughout this series of blog posts.
Down is the New Up: 3 Biggest Pieces of Classical Theism Missing From the Modern Mind- Pt. 4.1 Essentialism Cont.
Essentialism's exclusion from our minds has utterly disastrous consequences. When we deny essences, words lose all objective meaning. We think we can create reality however we define it. People lose rights. People impose their will on others based on whatever they feel. Those with the biggest numbers, the loudest voice, or the biggest stick end up dictating our social norms and laws.
Down is the New Up: 3 Biggest Pieces of Classical Theism Missing from the Modern Mind- Pt. 4 Essentialsm
When we deny essentialism, we lose the ability to speak about what is right and wrong. We lose the ability to speak clearly about what things are. In the end, we also lose the ability to speak about causality and undercut empiricism and rationality itself.
“If everything requires a cause, what caused God? Ha! Gotcha!” This is just one of many common objections to arguments that no one ever gave. The reason no respectable theist ever gave this particular argument (i.e. everything has a cause of its existence, therefore...
Down is the New Up: 3 Biggest Pieces of Classical Theism Missing From the Modern Mind- Pt. 3.2 Teleology Cont.
Truth is the natural end we all seek. Teleology offers our best chance to get through the irrational thinking that pervades much of the moral confusion today.
Down is the New Up: 3 Biggest Pieces of Classical Theism Missing From the Modern Mind- Pt. 3.1 Teleology Cont.
Manifestations of Upside Down Morality I remember what it is like not to see the world teleologically. Just a few years ago, I used to disagree with many biblical moral values. Now, I can't unsee the logic of teleology behind a biblical view of morality. I hope others...
Down is the New Up: 3 Biggest Pieces of Classical Theism Missing From the Modern Mind Pt. 2 – Divine Simplicity
Many people have too small a view of God, atheists and theists alike. Divine simplicity is the doctrine of God often missing in modern discourse, its absence causing many errors.
In this series of posts, I will make my case for the three biggest pieces of classical theism that are missing from the modern mind. I believe the loss of these three ideas to be at the heart of most modern errors of knowledge. They are:
1. Divine Simplicity 2. Teleology 3. Essentialism
The effects of the loss of these ideas are not trivial. Their loss is directly responsible for the inability to see Christianity as a rational and viable worldview and why many people are so confused about questions of morality. Furthermore, it is even the cause of many theological errors that arise among modern Christians leading to unnecessary divisions within the church.
Self-ownership is not absolute. Those who support abortion would have you think otherwise — the common pro-choice slogan being "my body, my choice". I recently came across a new spin on the self-ownership argument. This position on abortion, called Evictionism, is...
"Nothing will affect the future of humanity more than digital super-intelligence." This tweet from Elon Musk coincided with the online release this past weekend of the new documentary, Do You Trust This Computer. 1 The movie is creating quite some buzz on the...
In the first post, I started a discussion of Jordan Peterson's view of truth. I believe that Jordan Peterson's conclusion on the nature of truth is fundamentally flawed. It is his evolutionary pragmatic view of truth that is a great contributor to his inability to...
Errors in the fundamentals lead to problems down the road. I believe that at the core of Jordan Peterson's system is an error that leads to his inability to see Christianity for what it truly is. Christianity is not just a mythological story that has utility for...