How does the conscious realization of our assumptive embrace of a Christian ethic alongside skepticism about the underlying metaphysical and historical truth claims impact the ability to embrace the ethic moving forward? This seems the moment many are in.
.@jordanbpeterson called it "living as if God exists" but that sort of LARPING might begin to feel a bit nerdy "less than" like dressing up to go to a movie. This is what happens when you can't get a real date because you're living in your mother's basement.
Is all that remains a sort of aesthetic resistance then to Nietzsche? Will we quietly resort to a Nazi naturalism without the swastikas when nobody is looking or caring? I think this is part of the fear.
This piece sort of nicely pokes at the progressives who mindlessly embraced implicit Christian egalitarianism without realizing that Christianity had within it the moral fiction to balance its excesses. (Ideology as crippled religion as JBP stays.…
It's not hard to see how the rise of AI exacerbates @vervaeke_john 's "Meaning Crisis" and we find ourselves harvesting ourselves as disposable thin clients who can't expect more than meaning as experience. Coleridge's falls are pretty. Image
.@JonHaidt 's answer is of course "train the elephant" which in a case like this points to the abandoned church. Elephants believe in herds. Elephants are trained by the path. Church then too can feel like too thin a client.
It all must be dealt with and none of us are smart enough or well-read enough to do it alone. You can't avoid metaphysics larping your way to an ethic. It is in fact the project of Civilization. There is no Civilization without Religion.
You can read the whole thread at my Substack.…

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.@jordanbpeterson is returning and did his first Q/A video. He clumped up the questions and the first one he dealt with was the religion question. It was one of his better answers to it. I needed to do a commentary video on it.
His address of religion was based on three questions. 1. How to believe in the divine even though it is a loose end 2. How has your conception of God changed in the last year or two. Has your wife's burgeoning conception changed you?
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