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  Post by Nathan Rinne The key similarity is this: Both are confident that their understanding of what is both significant and true will, in the long run, be justified. This, interestingly, is related to their persons – to the fact that they understand themselves as striving to be as true as one can be.[i] The idea is this: In the long term, things will work out well, meaning increased benefits and flourishing for many, and therefore, they will be… Read more

Post by Nathan Rinne (Note: revised edition of this post from my own blog a few weeks ago…) +++ So, Jordan Peterson. I’m guessing you have heard of him by now. Is he just a high-brow Joel Osteen? More like a secular C.S. Lewis? Just You Tube’s most popular cult leader? * Or, as the world’s most famous communist tells us, the “beloved of the alt-right”?  The conversations will continue. In any case, his star continues to rise. He is indeed… Read more

I I have been repeatedly asked by listeners to interact with both Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro. The recent discussion on the Rubin Report between both of them presented a great opportunity to do so, as they addressed the topic of religion. In this program, I responded to their comments on Christianity, though I dealt primarily with Shapiro’s commentary from a Jewish perspective. I will address the details of Peterson’s interpretation of the Bible on another program in the future…. Read more

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As a follow up to the recent post addressing the lack of nuance in social media discussions on important topics, I recorded a video which addresses five major problems with the intellectual discourse in our current cultural climate. Check it out here. Read more

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This video is a clip from a Q&A podcast in which I addressed the question, “Was Martin Luther a nominalist?” I talked about different philosophical schools of thought and their influence upon the reformer. Read more

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(A video form of this post can also be found here). The Problem of False Revelation Though a relatively young religious movement, the Mormon faith has experienced an extensive amount of revision since its founding in the 1820s to 1840s by Joseph Smith. A number of controversial doctrines were taught by earlier leaders in the movement–especially by Brigham Young–including things like polygamy, blood atonement, and a denial of interracial marriage. Throughout the years, many of these teachings have been officially… Read more

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