Getting Tested on a Quasi-Catechism

 I'm skipping around in JT's questions, so, today, let's take a look at #2: What parts of Catholicism do you now accept? Which do you reject?Specifically...Did Jesus rise from the dead? Do you believe in heaven and hell? If so... What are the criteria for entry into heaven? Into hell? Were you to find out today that disobeying the ten commandments meant entry to heaven and abiding by them landed you in hell, would your behavior change? If so, how?Any others you feel … [Read more...]

Here there be Dragons [Reply to JT]

Dragon-Map

 So, JT asked: 3. You undoubtedly have a logical proof of some sort for a moral lawgiver. What is it? No, I definitely don't have a modus tollens, modus ponens style justification for my new position. I didn't have one for my old position, and I doubt JT's got one for his metaphysics.  As the name suggests, metaphysics are hard to test.So I end up approaching the problem from both sides.  I look for things I'm really confident in or that I'm willing to presuppose (e.g. other minds … [Read more...]

An Apology to JT Eberhard

It has been quite a while since the deadline I set for answering JT Eberhard's questions after my conversion. One of the reasons for the delay is that I turn out to be terrible at spacing commitments or estimating how much free time I had. (Getting overwhelmed after my announcement and telling everybody "Contact me again in two weeks" was a bad idea).But the other, content related problem is that, based on these questions, JT and I (and atheist!me of say, six months ago) have a lot of … [Read more...]


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