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Questioning Christian Postmodernism

So I decided to delve into some Christian postmodernism today, that is, on behalf of the resources of Homebrewed Christianity. From the outset I'd just like to say that despite the occasion when I express my disinterest and distrust toward some meta-narratives, I would like to clarify: I think postmodern Christianity is a disaster. And if I'm not contradicting myself already, I'm going to (somewhat) use Aquinas' formatting to make my case (that's a loose reference to a recent post).

Object 1: Let's start with discussing this video from Brian McLaren. To summarize, McLaren discusses how he always had a distrust toward the church's discussion / beliefs about homosexuality, namely that it's a choice, a lifestyle, and "all that kind of crap." After some meandering, he continues talking about how his theology has changed over time, that is, he got to the point of not seeing it as a sin. McLaren likens the common Christian response toward homosexuali…

American Football - The Summer Ends

My Knee Jerk Reaction to Spinoza

I've been reading Spinoza's Ethics for my Early Modern Philosophy course. It's been a painful follow up to Descartes' wonderful Meditations to say the least. A few points of frustration:
It reads like Hegel, or at least, what I would intuitively think Hegel's writing would be like. I've only read about Hegel and not Hegel's work itself (though I'm somewhat interested). Apparently Hegel was influenced by Spinoza, so this makes sense: pantheistic, quasi-pagan meandering in its finest hour.
It reads like Aquinas in the sense that he beats you over the head with abstract words like essence, God, nature, power, etc. without properly explaining what he's exactly referring to.
It doesn't even address morality, at least, not that I've seen. What a misleading title for arguably the most boring philosophic work I've set my hands on.That's about it. I shall continue mulling through. While I'm at it, I may as well express my disinterest in Aqui…

The Jazz June - The Phone Works Both Ways

Vans Warped Tour and its Intentions

I've been complaining to myself more and more about meta-narratives as of late. It's not that I find them all unconvincing because that's simply not the case. For instance, I ardently support moral absolutism. I can't imagine ever supporting moral relativism, a system of ethics that has been criticized by religious and non-religious people alike.

But that's neither here nor there. I guess this is technically about business ethics but I'm not going to try and conjure up anything too complex from that quagmire of moral ideas. Sometimes I just want to write about things that bother me, and so, that's my intent. Can that ever be a good intent, to write about something bothersome, or what I deem 'ungood?'

It's annoying because they [the meta-narratives] don't ultimately matter; many meta-narratives are annoying because they're a waste of time. I guess that's exactly what I'm doing here. But sometimes you just can't help but believe …

The Hiddenness of Art

American essayist Clement Greenberg defined modern art as the use of characteristic methods of a discipline to criticize the discipline itself.

He continued:

Realistic, naturalistic art had dissembled the medium, using art to conceal art; modernism used art to call attention to art. The limitations that constitute the medium of painting—the flat surface, the shape of the support, the properties of the pigment—were treated by the Old Masters as negative factors that could be acknowledged only implicitly or indirectly. Under Modernism these same limitations came to be regarded as positive factors, and were acknowledged openly.

End quote.

I really have nothing intelligent to add to this wonderful snapshot of art theory... other than the suggestion of utilizing Greenberg's observation as a snappy retort against one's mid-19th century art connoisseur of an acquaintance. Don't use it when they're near a fragile work of art though - they might damage the property in their …

Losing Time

Shakespeare wrote in Macbeth that an idiot is "...full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." Of course, he was wielding anthropomorphism here.Shakespeare lent the attributes of a damnable fool to human life itself, that is, he inferred that human life was an experience of ultimate meaninglessness. But what led Macbeth to reason that there would be a conclusion at all? It seems aptfor Macbeth to believe that human expression can be very void ... but why did he think it would ever end?

Did you see Saint Peterupside down? Did you see that cross stuck in the ground? Mustard seeds adorn the dirt of Golgotha, and so we smell the flowers, the hope. But if the cross never leaves the mud, is it all for nought? What does it take for the cross to be unearthed?

It's incredible how so many points of substance can be so empty in actuality. Not one is able to ascertain. In themselves, perhaps mere guessing can be made as to what certain objects contain, but the phenomenon of knowing su…

Descartes' Influenza, Med 3: a Worm

I am a worm. I know myself better than anyone else around (save for God). Does the devil understand? Can an entity that's literally hell-bent on deception have proper understanding of anything, including the one being deceived? How does he find a true self to deceive? Why do my beliefs matter, when I am a worm? I am the broken windows policeman of morality. The space between myself and the chandelier means something but other things mean more. I don't know why. What do others have that I do not? If I understand my importance as being microscopic, that means I don't wish to be heard for practical reasons, as if possessing actual power, however minute means I wish to be heard because of my desire to transcend this microscopic nature, or avarice. Don't mistake lemon juice for lime juice. Just shoot the shiny pin ball! Coil is there for you like a television advertisement full of promises. Lights will dance as you choose to hail them. Avoid the self at all costs! Con…

Please Don't Turn Philosophy Into Comedy

There's usually some disdain to be felt whilst browsing the philosophy section of any given bookstore (actually, for this particular bookstore I'm referring to, the section was deemed 'ideas' - is there any book, assuming it's not filled with blank pages, that doesn't have a single idea in it?). Anyway, the book that ruffled some feathers for me was called Louis C.K. and Philosophy. I generally don't enjoy comedians as I've mentioned before, so that's one obvious reason for me to dislike the book from the outset. Intuitively, I have difficulty believing that such entertainment can make for meaningful life experiences; not that vanity ought to be avoided at all times - maybe vanity can somehow promote human flourishing - but I have no plans to bask in content that's intrinsically nonsensical.

Strike two: the heading which reads 'popular culture and philosophy.' This idea is just a recipe for disaster that renders violent head-shaking. I co…

Another New Design

I've somewhat-officially decided that I'd like to update the template on this blog in such a way that corresponds with the seasons. Autumn is almost here, and since it's already getting colder outside, I decided that I'd like to update early, hence the new design that's before your eyes. The previous one was appropriate for summer, but I think the new template really makes things look a little more like autumn around here.

I took a screenshot of the last template for nostalgic purposes:

Showbread - Mouth Like A Magazine

A Prescription for Headaches

Want a headache? Just look at the hoard of narratives in relation to any social issue. The majority seem to suggest that the institution best equipped to fix the problemsare thosein government. This might initially seem like a plausible idea. Isn't it at least possible for the institution with the most power to use that capital to maximize the good? But as theologian Greg Boyd mentions in this article, the problem is that the government and the Church have been equated, and so, the idea that the government is equipped to properly address such problems simply falls apart.

I could have gone there - criticizing a realm so very alien to me. I suppose that this is the problem I see in all of this - and to think I almost committed the same error! One of us sees a spaceship with green antenna martiansmarching up the ramp, while the other sees ourselves as that martian, but in a human suit.

At any rate, there's a certain haughtiness to "well-informedness" when you live in this…