Historical Accuracy

I’ve long noticed a general suspicion shown towards movies purporting to tell a “true story.” Even though it’s no surprise that they take license with real events, after they’re released there are always dozens of webpages treating even the smallest of these instances negatively. What are we so afraid of? On the one hand, surrounded…

The God of the Philosophers: Ethics & Free Will

One could spend a thousand lifetimes on religious questions which have no answers. Such questions are worth bringing up but not even attempting to exhaust, and so I want to briefly write about two of them: morality, and intertwined problem of free will and predestination.   Morality In all of these pages I never saw…

Orthodoxy is a Fiction

Nothing is essential, necessary or fundamental to living decently, happily, or with empathy for others. I mean this mostly in religious terms. There is no one God, one figure, one religion, one denomination, one scripture, one translation: there is no one of these that is essential, necessary, or fundamental to everyone’s life. One is as…

Choice

Growing up Catholic, the greatest hint into the changing nature of religion and law always occurred whenever I heard someone disagree with their local priest or bishop, or even the Pope. This was surprising since the followers of religious or political leaders, or merely the upholders of certain laws or traditions, all eventually try to…

Scripture is Strange

In the aftermath of the American Civil War, the Confederate Grace Brown Elmore wrote, “I find no consolation in religion. I cannot be resigned. Hard thoughts against my God will arise, questions of His justice and mercy refuse to be silenced…. Sometimes I feel so wicked, so rebellious against God, so doubtful of his mercy.”[i]…