God is Dead Morality

Hell Unleashed

God is Dead Morality — Friedrich Nietzsche and Hell Unleashed With today’s philosopher in our series, we have arrived at the end of the road on our journey through the ideas that have led to the moral (or lack thereof) world in which we live. It all culminates here. To this point we have examined the “thinkers,” those who engaged in […]

Is there a Homo optimus in your future?

Homo optimus and the God is Dead Morality The saying goes that “truth is stranger than fiction” and there are some days when I firmly believe it. Just prior to writing this article, I came across two headlines out of Britain that sounded like science fiction but were presented as much more real than that. The first article, published by […]

“Pig Philosophy”

"Christ before Caiaphas" (detail) by Mattias Stom

The next idea that we will examine on our journey down the road of ideas that has led to our current “God is Dead” morality was once described as “Pig Philosophy” by the Scottish philosopher and satirical writer, Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881). First a story. Imagine that you are a small town sheriff in the Southern United States in the early […]

Marx, Atheistic Materialism and Class Struggle

If ever someone challenges the truthfulness of the concept that “ideas have consequences” it would be good to remind them of our next philosopher in this examination of the causes of our modern “God is Dead” morality. Besides Karl Marx, no other writer has written anything that has caused so much bloodshed in the history of ideas. As a result […]

A Philosophy Built on Sand

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Rousseau, along with Descartes, Hobbes, and as we will see, many others, are philosophers and intellectuals that each constructed their philosophy and worldview based on their own subjective imaginations, their view of reality, not reality itself. While many of them had great insights, and in some ways bordered on genius, the fact of the matter remains that theirs is a […]

Desires are not Rights

“May you live in interesting times.” There is some debate about whether this quote is an ancient Chinese curse or something more recent, yet the fact of the matter is: we live in interesting times. Around the world we hear of the recent violent events in Paris and Mali, combined with the greatest mass migration of a group of people […]

Origins of today’s “God is Dead” Morality: Descartes and the Father of Lies

René-Descartes by Frans Hals

In North America, October 31 is celebrated as an opportunity for children and adults to dress up in strange, often elaborate and occasionally gruesome costumes. What was once the Feast of All Hallow’s Eve has been transformed and secularized into what is now called Halloween. In the United States, over two billion dollars are spent on candy that will be distributed […]

Origins of today’s “God is Dead” Morality: Machiavelli

Portrait of Niccolò Machiavelli by Santi di Tito

Finally, it is over, and about time too! Canadians last week elected a new Prime Minister after a historically long eleven week campaign, or seventy-eight days to be exact. This campaign, initiated by the Conservative government of Stephen Harper, was twice as long as the usual thirty-seven-day campaign. Unfortunately for him it was probably too long as he and his […]

Today’s “God is Dead” Morality: Opening Act — Martin Luther

All Saints' Church (Schlosskirche), Wittenberg

A few years ago I found myself in the doctor’s office lamenting over a growing list of aches, pains and other ailments. I asked the doctor why this was happening to me all of a sudden and he simply said “eventually your past catches up to you.” My good doctor began to ask me questions about my activities when I […]