“I was born and bred in a paradox patch!”

I've been writing a series of posts on the intellectual attraction I've felt to G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy, and some Christian theology generally.  There will be a major update in that series tomorrow, but, in the meantime, here's an overview of my biggest problem with Chesterton.In my life as a debater, there's a particular rhetorical trick that I live in fear of.  Picture this:Armed with knowledge of your opponent's principles, you construct a reductio ad absurdum argument.  Careful to … [Read more...]

An Attraction to Orthodoxy (Series)

As part of my Sunday's Good Book series, I posted about G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy and explained that there was a lot that I found compelling and challenging about his philosophy.  Since that's a sorta weird thing for an atheist to say, discussion ensued and is ongoing.  Here's all the posts on this topic to date: I Assign You Reading! - As a prelude to my discussion of Chesterton, I highlighted an essay by Eve Tushnet about when, if ever, people should let their ethics refute t … [Read more...]

Chesterton Aftermath (Part 1)

Thanks for all the comments and questions that you've left on my Monday post on my attraction to G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy.  I'm working my way through them and I anticipate that will be my main source of inspiration for posts this week and possibly next if your questions continue.  So here goes...Matt asked a question that was aimed at the heart of my post: It's weird to me that someone would use theology to substantiate their own claims about the world. Wouldn't you use investigation a … [Read more...]

Testing the Truth-Telling Thing

  "This, therefore, is, in conclusion, my reason for accepting the religion and not merely the scattered and secular truths out of the religion. I do it because the thing has not merely told this truth or that truth, but has revealed itself as a truth-telling thing. All other philosophies say the things that plainly seem to be true; only this philosophy has again and again said the thing that does not seem to be true, but is true. Alone of all creeds it is convincing where it is not … [Read more...]

Chesterton’s Unlikely Heirs

Still trying to finish a paper, so again with the potpourri postsI've never heard a song by the band Insane Clown Posse, and, until yesterday, all I knew of them was that people who opened for them at concerts tended to be assaulted by their thuggish fans and that the duo's promotion of Faygo soda was discouraged by the owner of the brand.And then, I found out they were secret Christians.According to an interview in the Guardian, the two rappers are Evangelical Christians, and have … [Read more...]