An ex-secular theist explains how you've been lied to.
Hey Crude,Friendly FYI: the good folks over at WWWtW just produced another post whose not-so-subtle theme is #NeverTrump.(By the way, this is my first comment on your site. Keep up the great work!)
Hey Peri. Thanks for the kind words over there.And so I see. All I'll say for now is: them's some curious principles, when voting for Romney and McCain was completely acceptable, even mandatory.
No prob, man. As I've said, you're doing some valuable work here.I've been telling my Catholic buddies--philosophy grad students, MDs, former military, etc.--to check out your blog. I feel it encourages and gives some solid advice to a lot of people who feel demoralized and confounded by the goings-on in our Church and in our culture at present. You're right that Feser has a narrower focus. Whether you've adopted his tactics and combined them with useful insights from the alt-right--whatever you're doing--you're absolutely TEEING OFF on the left. And it's awesome.
Well, I manage to tick off just about everyone sometimes. Part of my charm I guess.If there's one thing Feser and the alt right has in common, it's dissent. Happy, self-confident, I-don't-care-what-your-title-is dissent, obviously with a rightward slant. There's a thread between Feser openly stating that Dennett (not to mention ever-praised Hume) is a blowhard and a bluffer besides, and Trump saying Hillary is a criminal who belongs in jail with her rapist husband, and Milo saying that feminism is a load of shit, and more. Not just disagreeing, but refusing to bow to it, refusing to pay the token compliments and making the secular sign of the cross before disagreeing, meekly. All while so desperately worrying whether we'll be misunderstood by people for whom purposefully misrepresenting us is as natural as breathing air.Maybe just as valuable has been the ability to turn towards would-be authority figures on the right - the Paul Ryans and the Glenn Becks, the National Reviews and even (at times) the First Things, and saying thank you very kindly for your advice, but we would prefer to fight, not strategically retreat.
@Crude:"There's a thread between Feser openly stating that Dennett (not to mention ever-praised Hume) is a blowhard and a bluffer besides, and Trump saying Hillary is a criminal who belongs in jail with her rapist husband, and Milo saying that feminism is a load of shit, and more."I always remember the sharp and on the point tirade of Berlinky against Dennett "a guy whose greatest intellectual achievement was growing that stupid beard of his". Bwahahahaha.
I think Dennett is a great example, in particular because he's the sort of individual that prominent Christians would normally fall over themselves to be nice to - he's a well known philosopher, an academic, so thoughtful! - but he's also, straightforwardly, a jackass. He is pretty explicit in treating people who disagree with him in dismissive, insulting terms - see his descriptions of dualists, etc.Berlinsky used to be unique in that he was an accomplished intellectual himself, but a contrarian willing to be skeptical of academic sacred cows despite being the sort of person who you'd think should be on there side. Maybe the alt-right thing was just bubbling for years and it took a while to come to the surface.
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