This one is about the whole, “I’m not Christian because some Christian is a sinner” excuse. You also see it from Christians, usually in the form “how can you expect people to be Christian if there are Christians who sin?” Of course Christians should be perfect, but the existence of bad Christians is a terrible excuse for ignoring the truth of Christianity.
A discussion with Fr. Dwight Longenecker about his book The Mystery of the Magi. It’s an interesting book which goes into the historicity of Magi—did they exist, who were they really, where did they actually come from, how did they follow the star, and related questions.
In this video I talk about how to enjoy things that one has already enjoyed, without the need for novelty.
In this video I take a look at a really stupid quote from Steven Weinberg that I’ve heard a lot of variations of.
In this video I give some thoughts about psychedelic drugs and their relationship to religious experience.
A discussion about periodically evaluating ones means relative to one’s goals, as it’s overly possible in this world to work so long at our means that we forget that they’re just means and take them to be goals.
A look at some comments I received to help people distinguish between confidence and substance.
In this video I talk about the “sunk costs fallacy” and how it isn’t a fallacy and what it’s missing. I also look at some specific (mis)applications of it, such as in ending a long-term relationship.
In a talk with Jonathan Pageau, Jordan Peterson said that Sam Harris conflated the religious impulse with totalitarian certainty of the kind that led to atrocities. Peterson remarked, with dry humor, that this is not a very differentiated analysis. He’s right, but I think it’s also worth noting that even apart from that, it is not certainty which leads to atrocities. That’s a modern myth.
A video discussing what people have meant by the wrath of God, and how this is another way of describing the justice of God. Also a look into how the crucifixion of Christ relates to the wrath of God, so God’s mercy can be just.
In this episode of Stupid Things Atheists Say, I take a look at “you can’t prove a negative”, which is the misapplication to the question of God of the true (but irrelevant) point that one cannot prove the universal non-existence of a (possible) local phenomenon.
Taking a look at the “scientific method” that people are frequently taught in high school of making observations forming a hypothesis, experimenting to test it, refining it, etc. This either doesn’t really exist or is just a description of how human beings think about anything and has been how people have operated for as long as human beings have been sapient.
I was asked by a viewer if I had advice for young men on finding a career, so here’s my advice.
The first in a series looking at the stupid things atheists (mostly on the internet) say. Not all atheists, of course. This first episode is about “lack of belief”.
For a more serious take, consider this video on a logic lesson for lack of belief atheists:
A look at the theme about losing and keeping a miracle in Encanto, and how shockingly Christian this theme is.
I was asked this question in a comment on my video on Dunning Kruger, so I decided to do a video explaining.
A look into the nature of decisions and freedom, and how long-term decisions, like marrying, having children, becoming a priest, etc. do not really reduce your freedom.
In this video I take a look at the concept of “emergent properties” (which is just a more recent name for “epiphenomena”, what they are and what they aren’t, and how they don’t mean what internet atheists claim they mean.
In this video I explain what the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation (i.e. the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist) is, what the doctrine isn’t, give an analogy that we can use to approach understanding it, and also explain how no one who believes in the Real Presence in the Eucharist can actually disagree with the doctrine of transubstantiation.
A conversation with Zerse about the sorts of philosophies on offer to young men today, including red pill, dating coaches, black pill, and others.
I was asked this question in the comments to my video giving advice to men on dating and finding a wife, so I made a video answering the question.
A quick discussion of how funny it is that determinists (people who deny free will) so frequently base their morality upon consent, since according to their theory, it is impossible for anyone to consent to anything. They are literally basing their morality on something which they deny can exist.
Just sharing some thoughts on Ash Wednesday (the beginning of the penitential season of Lent, preceding Easter) and the words spoken with the anointing with ashes, “Remember, O man, you are dust, and to dust you will return.”
I answer a question about how advisable it is to date outside the faith. The original question was about atheists, but I broadened it a little bit since the same considerations apply to dating protestants, etc.
In this video I talk about God’s actions, and how miracles—direct interference within creation—are not God’s only actions; how God very frequently works through creation so that creation cooperates with His purposes, but that these are no less God’s actions for God having given it to creation to co-operate with His purposes.
Some advice for men on dating and finding a wife. To paraphrase Winston Churchill: this video, by its very length, defends itself against ever being watched. Still, I hope some of it might be helpful. It contains some thoughts on dating, courtship, being friends with women, how acquaintanceship differs from being friends, how to go about trying to maximize one’s attractiveness to women, and other subjects.
(I intend to make a video with advice for women on dating and finding a husband, but it’s going to take me a bit to finalize what I want to say on the subject and record that video.)
In this video I discuss how the various major religions of the world don’t all look like Christianity, and so newer religions, like environmentalism, progressivism, animal rights, etc. are religions despite not looking like Christianity, too.
I was asked by viewer Whist about advice for running book discussion clubs, so I gave what little advice I had.
In this video I talk about usury, lending money at interest, the development and refinement of economies, investment, and lending money, as well as how the modern understanding of lending at interest does not contradict ancient views on usury as sinful because of a change in context, and what things within the modern context are still sinful because they are the same thing as what was prohibited in former times.
In this video I talk about how authenticity is overrated—just pick a worthwhile goal, pursue it because it’s good, and hey presto you’re authentic, but if you’re doing it right, you won’t notice because you’ll be focused on your worthwhile goal.
In this video response I look at some of the things that BASSFZz has said about “having a purpose” and its relationship to men attracting women, and how this sort of advice needs to be understood like advice for interviewing for a job—how to not screw up if you’re already qualified for the job.
The two BASSFZz videos that most prompted this were: