I feel like there are moments in every relationship that get frustrating, especially when you try to do hard things with someone — think trying to build…

As you travel, son, honor the helpers.

Notice that everything living in a place fits neatly in its ecosystem. Notice that every city smells different, that everyone thrives differently, that nobody smiles the same.

Take care to notice the delicate beauty of a thing as small and common as a brussels sprout. It was bred by humans from the same common ancestor as the mustard plant, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. They are all the same but manifest differently, taste different, and display completely different textures.

The gentle leaves of the brussels sprout bear little resemblance to the tough, brittle branches of cauliflower or the rough, tangy…

“In the words of Paul Tillich, ‘Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.’ If the case in favor of belief in God were utterly airtight, then the world would be full of confident practitioners of a single faith. But imagine such a world, where the opportunity to make a free choice about belief was taken away by the certainty of the evidence. How interesting would that be?” — Dr. Francis Collins, leader of the Human Genome Project

There have been outright oodles of controversies surrounding the relationship between science and religion. Some say they work…

“How do you know that chair will support you?”

If you’ve ever heard this argument or one like it, you’ve heard a Christian sermon on the importance of faith. The point is supposed to be that we don’t consciously know exactly how many parts of our daily lives work, so our trust in cars, phones, or gravity is ultimately based in faith. This faith is trust in spite of mystery framed as trust because of mystery.

The illustration of the chair is supposed to demonstrate that no one can live without blind faith. E.g., …

More accurately, God is the archetype at the core of religion, which is a metaphysical organism. Think of him as the pilot sitting behind the eyes of the gargantuan machine that is religion. He influences the world by commanding people, the “body of Christ,” composed of his supporters. Let’s break down this characterization and see how it can help.

What is a memetic organism?

Well, first let’s consider its analogue and inspiration, the genetic organism. I am a genetic organism. …

The only irrefutable proof for the existence of God ever posited goes as follows: since logically, everything has a cause, and science can’t provide a cause for the Big Bang, said cause must therefore be God.

All the greatest Christian apologists who value scientific principles rely on this logic: Jordan Peterson, William Lane Craig, Lee Strobel, and many more. The only problem with this argument is its purported destination.

This can be remedied with closer inspection of the logic at hand. …

Recently I saw my family’s pastor say the following on a livestream: “I believe the cure for COVID-19 lies in the synergy of azithromycin and hydroxychloroquine.”

He was parroting Trump, who said the combination of hydroxychloroquine and axithromycin “have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine. The FDA has moved mountains — Thank You!” while the publishers of the study said the following:

“The study was a complete failure… it was pathetic….” — Art Caplan, head of the division of medical ethics at New York University School of Medicine.

Who can…

It’s been pretty much a month since my last post. It’s been a wild ride in the rest of my life folks. Something tells me you can relate.

I’ve been reading A Critique of Pure Reason in preparation for a proof of God’s existence using a priori (theoretical, ex. 2+2=4) evidence as opposed to a posteriori (empirical, ex. 700nm light = red) evidence.

My heart’s just not in it right now though.

I’m desperate for connection in the lonely era of COVID-19, so I wrote the following extremely vulnerable piece as an introduction to my upcoming book partly to help…

Science and religion are compatible, and here’s the fifth reason: ghosts aren’t spooky at all.

In case you missed it, here’s the fourth reason. Don’t worry though, each stands alone just fine.

Some of you may be wondering what in the heck I’m talking about when I mention Voices. You may have noticed I use that word in a peculiar way. That’s because to me it means something extremely peculiar. It’s part of a lexicon I’ve established so theists can talk to atheists and vice versa.

This isn’t to say I view myself as a governing body who can go…

Grant Talkington

My ghosts like yours.

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