On the Historicity of Jesus: An Informal ReviewIt’s been three weeks since Dr. Richard Carrier last visited us here in Central Iowa, and in that time I have found myself having an abnormal (for me) degree of energy sufficient to read, as best I am able, his 2014 work ‘On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt.’ The book is a carefully crafted examination of the supposed evidence for an historical Jesus which weighs the probability that such ‘evidence’ is better representative of a purely mythical Jesus. A character who may have been invented to advance a socio-religious agenda, or a series of interrelated agendas, and was then later crafted into an historical person by parties for whom there was a need to have a legitimate human being at the core of their dogma/doctrine. The book is, by many accounts, one of the first well-researched, peer-reviewed titles - if not THE first - to argue for a purely mythical christian savior and should be of interest to anyone with an inclination to
On the Historicity of Jesus: An Informal Review
It’s been three weeks since Dr. Richard Carrier last visited us here in Central Iowa, and in that time I have found myself having an abnormal (for me) degree of energy sufficient to read, as best I am able, his 2014 work ‘On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt.’ The book is a carefully crafted examination of the supposed evidence for an historical Jesus which weighs the probability that such ‘evidence’ is better representative of a purely mythical Jesus. A character who may have been invented to advance a socio-religious agenda, or a series of interrelated agendas, and was then later crafted into an historical person by parties for whom there was a need to have a legitimate human being at the core of their dogma/doctrine. The book is, by many accounts, one of the first well-researched, peer-reviewed titles - if not THE first - to argue for a purely mythical christian savior and should be of interest to anyone with an inclination to
Am I really from Mars...?
It's been a constant thorn in the side of gender relations for countless generations that men seem incapable of understanding the female condition. While it's true that there are somethings men like me will never be able to comprehend based solely on biological differences (like how painful it is to have your clitoris over-stimulated, how horrible it feels to deal with having a period, what the agony of childbirth actually entails) I do believe there are things I can comprehend on an intellectual level.
For one, I'm not fond of being propositioned by women that I am not, and could never be, attracted to on a physical level.
Two, I'm not thrilled by the possibility that my worth as a person is being made on arbitrary grounds, like my physical appearance or my job situation/economic standing.
Three, I am furthermore not thrilled at the notion that I am being judged a 'horn-dog' who is only after one thing simply because the stereotype exists that all men ever think about is sex.
On the Tedium of Poverty
I made a bowl of slop today…
but not because I like eating slop, mind you.
I made the bowl of slop because I face the
disheartening conundrum that if I am to have
a consistent diet where I ingest a reasonable
volume of nutrients on a daily basis, then I
must resort to a diet that consists largely of
highly-processed, cheaply made gruel that falls
under the affordable-only-at-the-discount-store
Sometimes I can afford a spice or two that
gives an impression that the slop is not really
a tasteless swill of carbs and imitation dairy.
Once in a while, a hefty portion of flavored
bread crumbs lets me imagine I’m eating a
bowl of elegantly prepared, succulent Eggplant
Parmesan. And if I throw enough curry powder
and dried onion in the mix, the original flavor,
if indeed one actually existed, is undetectable
thanks to the spice assault on my perpetually
bored sense of taste and smell.
My doctors chide me for not eating better than
this but the cost of ‘good’ f
For the Sake of Clarity
Recently one of my editorial policies was brought into question - not out of spite, mind you, but merely out of curious inquiry – a policy which involves the content of my regular newsletter column ‘Profiles in Creativity’ where I try and showcase the work and wisdom of select artists I meet. For those of you who aren’t aware, I publish a quarterly newsletter called ‘Ingersoll Av’ which is meant to highlight, though not exclusively, the (primarily) creative experiences of the Secular community connected with Iowa. Now the policy in question is meant to keep the column exclusive to Artists who are producing works of what I deem ‘High Art’ on a consistent basis; be it sculpture, photography, painting, drawing or what have you. The question about the policy came about because one of the people recommended for inclusion in the column is less of an artist by my definition and more of a craft hobbyist.
Though I am something of an egalitarian in
Read this op-ed a little while ago - I Don't Want To Talk About My Tattoos With Strange Men - and it's just irritating the hell out of me to be reminded of just why, exactly, I don't want to even think about talking to random women because of shit like this.
Now, I get that there are some sick, twisted fucks in this world with bad intentions. One of them just happens be calling himself 'president' at the moment. And I fully agree that some of these twisted fucks will use the display of tattoos on a woman's body to ply their sick, twisted machinations. For generations, now, men have played the 'dominion' game when it comes to women and their sexuality.
However, as twisted as these fucks can be, women need to be reminded that I'M NOT HARVEY FUCKING WEINSTEIN!!!!! Hell, most men aren't Harvey Fucking Weinstein. In fact, I'd bet dollars for donuts that most men are genuinely tactful
Just Some Food for Thought...
If it smells like Racism, it probably isn’t a Rose…
There are two words, I think, that should be ever present on the minds of people who dare to call themselves reasonable human beings. The first – EVIDENCE – is quite obvious when one puts any amount of thought into what is occurring in the world at large. Right now, we have a Special Counsel investigation, which relies on evidence, handing down indictments related to Russian meddling during the Great Farce of 2016. And, of course, we now have an addition to the English lexicon - Fake News - that screams volumes about the present need for accurate information in regard to world events. And, to generalize a bit, when we’re trying to fix a leaky faucet, we don’t just bang on it with a hammer. And we don’t do that because there are many, many professionals in the plumbing world who have reams and reams of evidence that inform as to the impossibility of a hammer being an effective tool where
Separating the Wise from the Foolish.
Beyond the Assumption: A Running List of Needed Improvements in the Human Zeitgeist
It’s time to move past our assumptions and become more than the sum of our preconceived notions, to grow and mature into a unified species worthy of our place in the grand cosmos.
It’s time to evolve past the assumption that faith is a suitable path to knowledge given our understanding of, and ability to exploit, the power of the atom. If we are not careful then naive beliefs, and the policies that they inspire, will surely spell our doom given that we now possess the ability to wipe ourselves out forever.
It’s time to move beyond the assumption that religion is of vital necessity to human existence; that it is, indeed our best source of morality. Putting aside the fact that no tangible evidence has ever, in hundreds of thousands of years of human existence, been presented to verify the veracity of supernatural claims, if religion were actually a well-spring of morality then racis
Relationship Criteria Survey
Answer ‘YES’ or ‘NO’ to the following questions -
1. Do you have any social media accounts where you regularly share pictures and/or details of your private life?
2. Do you belong to the Republican Party, the Libertarian Party or have any other Conservative political affiliations?
2a. Do you support the NRA and a broad interpretation of the 2nd Amendment?
3. Do you regularly engage in television viewing, as a primary form of entertainment?
3a. Do you regularly watch Fox News (or other related Conservative Republican media)?
3b. Do you regularly watch what is defined as ‘reality television’ in any significant measure?
4. Do you listen to any of the following musical formats in greater quantity than, or to the exclusion of, all other musical formats – Country, Hip-Hop/Rap, Gospel, Christian, Pop, Heavy Metal?
5. If you use the services of your local library, are you just renting videos and browsing the internet?
The Truth About MAGA
Let’s Make America Great Again…
Like the time religious hysteria ran rampant and resulted in the Salem Witch Trials…
Like the time we used Smallpox as a biological agent against Native American populations...
Like the time we fought a ‘revolution’ that was little more than the continuation of an international conflict between Britain and France, resulting in France’s bankruptcy, the Reign of Terror and Napoleon’s rise to power...
Like the time John Adams wiped his ass with the Bill of Rights by allowing the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts…
Like the time we got our asses handed to us (and the White House burned) by British Canadians in the war of 1812…
Like the time our government passed the Indian Removal Act and instigated the atrocity that was the Trail of Tears…
Like the time our nation divided and fought a war over the trade of African slaves when the practice had been abolished in Bri