Category Archives: Philosophy

Throwing the Books at You

The Last Adventure of Constance Verity, by A. Lee Martinez – I haven’t read all of Martinez’ books, but I believe each one takes place in a different universe, at least as far as we know. He definitely has a … Continue reading

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Everybody Poops Genius Pieces

Little People, by Tom Holt – This fantasy story, rather less epic than many of Holt’s works, is narrated by a boy who sees elves in his garden. After being sent away to boarding school by his stepfather, he falls … Continue reading

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Riches Do Not Bring Contentment (But Neither Does Poverty)

Throughout the works of L. Frank Baum, we’re constantly seeing praise of contentment. The last chapter of The Marvelous Land of Oz is called “The Riches of Content,” and Ozma tells the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman that these are the … Continue reading

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Doubters of the Divine

Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World, by Tim Whitmarsh – This book is partially a response to the idea that atheism is a new idea, a product of the age of science and reason that turns against ancient … Continue reading

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Bible Buffet

I have somewhat mixed feelings on the idea what might be considered salad bar religions, where adherents take a bit of this and that and mix them to taste. Neo-pagan religions are probably the best example, but they’re certainly not … Continue reading

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Dead God Walking

My wife, who enjoys making me watch things I find uncomfortable, directed me to the trailer for God’s Not Dead 2, which for some reason isn’t called God’s Still Not Dead. Really, that’s a pretty bizarre title anyway. It’s pretty … Continue reading

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You’re an Animal, Too

One argument I occasionally hear in favor of God and against the scientific theories about the development of the universe and of life (which are, of course, two completely different things anyway) is that our world couldn’t have just come … Continue reading

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