The Structure of Apologetics

I’m currently reading an introduction to Charles Taylor – it’s part of an obscene stack of Christmas books. There was an interesting comment about why apologetics is stupid, and I want to investigate it further. Basically the argument is that letting secular society determine the terms of conversation is going to pre-emptively neuter any apologetic effort. Let’s talk about it.  (more…)

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Dark Souls: Easy Mode

I’m writing my Masters on Dark Souls – it’s a series that I have a lot of love for. In one of the Souls FB groups I’m in, somebody clipped in this image (below) about an easy mode. The comments went wild. It’s an interesting conversation, and there’s a whole bunch of different elements involved. I’ll unpack them a bit.  (more…)

The Problem of Goodness

There’s a couple of times I’ve heard people say that even though they aren’t Christian (or religious more broadly), they imagine that if God does exist, they’ll be acknowledged on Judgement Day (or whatever) for just generally trying to be a good person. It’s a fair idea – assuming God’s not an asshole, if you’re generally an alright person and you strive to make the world a better place because you think that’s the right thing to do, presumably God (again, presuming He’s not an asshole) would recognise that and give you a bit of credit. Let’s talk about it. (more…)

Witcher 3: Romantic Expectations

I’m coming to the end of Witcher 3 after an obscene amount of game-time. It’s got a nice little sting in its romance subplot, and it raises an interesting point about game expectations. Basically, the romance subplot allows you to continue a romantic relationship with one of two sorceresses (Yennefer or Triss). There are opportunities to romance both of them at different points in the game, and there’s one of three resolutions. You commit to Yennefer, to Triss, or you try and romance both of them. If you romance both of them, the game punishes you: they find out, trick you into handcuffs (it’s a sexy lingerie trick), and leave you locked to a bed.  (more…)

On Las Vegas

So I haven’t been posting in two or three months – as I mentioned in my last post, I’m taking time off to focus on my thesis. There’s just not much room in my life at the moment for sustained regular posting. However, every now and again I come across an article that demands a response. Today that article is on the shooting in Las Vegas. (more…)