Reasonings Archive

Theist v Atheist

Posted July 23, 2015 By John C Wright

I have been exploring some argument for and against theism and atheism in my biweekly columns at EveryJoe. Unfortunately, the constraints of time and patience do not allow me to state each argument at length, and so, as a gift to my readers, I here publish some of the discussion that did not see print. […]

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Word Fetishes

Posted June 12, 2015 By John C Wright

This is a reprint of an earlier column which, due to a recent discussion here, bears repeating: You cannot reason someone out of a stance he was not reasoned into. A Leftist is not someone who has an alternative political philosophy to yours, or different reasons. He is someone who, in the realm of politics, […]

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The Hatreds of the Left

Posted June 12, 2015 By John C Wright

A boorish reader takes me to task for speaking the plain truth bluntly. He greatly surprised me by backing away from his boorishness for a moment, and, to return his courtesy, I owe him an answer to his question. This is the statement he doubted, saying this had nothing to do with Marxism, and saying […]

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No One Cares About Your Hooey

Posted May 23, 2015 By John C Wright

Someone with the socialist yet anarchic name of Bakunin writes in with a link to an anonymous accuser who is linked to a second anonymous accuser: It’s not social justice. It’s basic human decency to speak out against a man who says: “In any case, I have never heard of a group of women descended […]

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Atheism, Nihilism, Woe, and Ire

Posted May 13, 2015 By John C Wright

I think we have the answer to the question we have been pondering here these last few days. It is not a complete answer, but it will do for now. One of the few people on the Internet with a human name, Mr Hess, writes as follows: (Quoting me) “I would like someone to volunteer […]

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Virtuous Atheism and Partial Truth

Posted May 8, 2015 By John C Wright

Part of an ongoing discussion. Regarding the debate over atheism and nihilism, a reader with the military but vandalistic name of Stilicho comments: “The question here is whether the honest atheist who believes in an absolute and objective standard of morality is committing a logical contradiction?” It comes down to whether you think that an […]

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The Notorious Meat Robot Letters – Expanded!

Posted May 7, 2015 By John C Wright

In my last column in this space, I invited Malcolm the Cynic, and any other reader who cared to contribute, to debate the fascinating issue of whether atheism logically necessitates to nihilism. The challenge was either to prove or disprove that a non-nihilist atheist was a logical contradiction in terms. To my immense surprise, not […]

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Is Non-Nihilist Atheism Possible?

Posted May 5, 2015 By John C Wright

A reader with the servile, dovish yet doglike name of Malcolm the Cynic writes and says: I am not saying Stoicism is nihilism, but rather that it will lead to the same place whether it wants to or not. Nihilism is just more honest about it. (Not that I think stoics are actually lying, just […]

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Chastity is Thoughtcrime!

Posted April 9, 2015 By John C Wright

I note a particular oddity in the ongoing debate about the legitimacy of the Hugo Award slate. For all the ink that has so for been spilled over it — including more than one libelous article hurredly retracted — no one is actually talking about it. No one is talking about the merit of any […]

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Sanctuary by Bill Whittle

Posted January 13, 2015 By John C Wright

Being from a military family and raised on post, as well as being an amateur student of history, I am unfortunately subject to the blind spot of assuming my readers know those things which, at one time, were common knowledge known to any literate schoolboy in America, such as the purpose of the rules and […]

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