A Mediocre Sense of Evil

This was intended to be a shorter post for the week, as projects and research have taken up most of my time, but it turned out to be about the usual length. Watching the meltdown over the past week over two barely-related topics made me really think about the timing of their breaking: Game of Thrones approaching its humorously absurd conclusion, and the state of Alabama passing what is the strictest American anti-abortion law in living memory. Continue reading “A Mediocre Sense of Evil”

“It’s Not Up to Me.”

“Well, that’s just your opinion, man. We’ll juts have to agree to disagree.”

Sure. We can agree to disagree on the indisputable fact that mayonnaise has no business being on a hamburger. We can agree to disagree that driving a stick shift makes for a more pleasant experience when outside of major cities. We can even agree to disagree over whether Natalie Portman was more attractive in Attack of the Clones than Carrie Fischer was in The Return of the Jedi. Continue reading ““It’s Not Up to Me.””

The Tyranny of Morality by Consent

Stop.  You’re in your mid-twenties, bored, somewhat educated, and free on a Friday night.  Your friends invite you to go out and barhop for a few hours.  Maybe you’ll get drunk and just go home a few dollars poorer, dragging yourself back to the apartment you rent with five other people after a night of dancing, boozing, and casual light drug use.  Or maybe you’ll hit it lucky this Friday evening and hook up with somebody who’s got cute eyes, good legs, and just the right amount of alcohol tolerance.  Continue reading “The Tyranny of Morality by Consent”

The Last Jedi is a Failure, Part 4 – The Moron with a Thousand Faces

George Lucas somewhat autistically based his original Star Wars storyline on a well-known piece of pop-critique by Joseph Campbell, with Luke Skywalker being the locus of the action and ultimate hero of the saga.  He’s a little dimwitted but ultimately good, and he rises to becoming great, in every sense of the word.  Unfortunately, The Last Jedi was written by people who spent more time learning about postmodern subversion techniques by frequenting fanfiction websites than they did studying literature or mythologies, so instead of Luke having matured into a wise old mentor figure, we’re left with this retarded Diogenes knock-off who’s apparently a moron. Continue reading “The Last Jedi is a Failure, Part 4 – The Moron with a Thousand Faces”

After the Natural Law (John Lawrence Hill – 2016 Ignatius Press)

The last ten years has seen the publication of a plethora of neo-scholastic thought made accessible and available to the minds of non-academic laymen.  The surge in best-selling books on godlessness, riding the wave of the short-lived New Atheism movement, helped stoke the fires of the more intellectually-inclined Christians around the world.  While the New Atheism movement—classified as a movement only by the handful of know-it-alls who considered taking it seriously—only seemed to gain significant traction among internet denizens of video game forums, a slower buildup of interest in medieval scholastic thought is beginning to make larger waves among more important contributors to the present culture-wide philosophical dialogue.  And John Lawrence Hill’s 2016 book, After the Natural Law: How the Classical Worldview Supports our Modern Moral and Political Values, fits into this dialogue extremely well. Continue reading “After the Natural Law (John Lawrence Hill – 2016 Ignatius Press)”


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