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Theoconceptualist Theology

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My approach to theology is a little different than my approach to religion because it deals with a different domain of philosophy. Whereas religion deals with ethics and social structure, theology deals with epistemology (the theory of knowledge).


This is quite a different view than most people take. Most think of theology (the study of God) from a metaphysical perspective (the fundamental nature of reality) and therefore try to solve ontological problems (the nature of being). This is why debates about whether God is immanent (present throughout the universe) or transcendent (outside of the universe) are so pervasive and perceived of as so important. Neither of these can be shown or not shown, nor will they ever be able to be shown or not shown. We don't need to worry about this. When we look at both ideas from an epistemological perspective we can see that either way God is a real conceptual entity. If we are willing to admit that we don't know the answer to the metaphysical…

The Impetus for Theoconceptualism

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Why propose a new structure for theological philosophy and religion? Well, I see some problems and I think there are better solutions than the ones being used.


I think the primary problem could be classified under the term fundamentalism. By this I mean a few things. 1 - It's usually a fully literal view of everything. Humans just don't work well that way. 2 - It's a system that doesn't update. 3 - It's intolerant. 4 - It's strict in a tyrannical way. 5 - These strict rules have to be issued from a source, that source means there is a lot of centralized power and authority. 6 - Power, such as wherever this authority rests, attracts the worst people and corrupts the best.

These are huge problems that all societies, civilizations, and cultures have to deal with. I think if you focus on one though, then it would mostly solve the other problems. If a system was designed so that it could update, peacefully and with limited conflict, then you would need to not have a…

Mensa Math Paradox

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Mensa is a high IQ society. The Facebook groups are quite odd to participate in. They mostly demonstrate that you can have a high IQ and be a good person, or a bad person, an informed person, or an uninformed person. Often, a high IQ just gives you the ability to confuse yourself more. High fluid IQ means that you have the capacity to recognize patterns faster than the average person. High concrete IQ means that you know more of these patterns in a given society than the average person. But, I digress. Here is a math problem that seemed to stump everyone in the group, except for me (I think that's just the right amount of hubris).


Someone posted this problem and called it a math paradox.

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If you choose an answer to this question at random, what is the chance you will be correct?

A) 25%
B) 50%
C) 60%
D) 25%

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Go ahead and give your answer and then see if you think I'm right after you read the rest of this post. I take no offense if you disagree with me.…

Further Notes on Theoconceptualism - Towards a New Religion and Philosophy

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Theoconceptualism is a new theological philosophy. Today, we shall cover a lot. Later we will need to filter and expand, but today is just about getting some of the notes initially articulated. Hold on to your hats, because this is going to go quickly, and in an order that has not been worked out.


The Nature of God
God is a conceptual reality. Rather than placing God under metaphysics, God comes under the study of epistemology, and then that effects ethics. Rather than material, God is spiritual. A good way to understand this truth might be to think of dragons and/or monsters. Dragons are real. They are real conceptual entities. They are the ultimate small mammal predator. The great mouth and head of a reptilian snake/alligator, that breathes fire, with the wings of a great bird of prey, and the claws of a great predatory cat. This concept is a real concept. We have pictures and toys of dragons. We know how dragons act, and we know how to act when we encounter a dragon. And, we do. Th…

Introducing Jeff's Razor - A Framework for Economics and Ethics

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There is an economic and ethical concept that I invented a few years ago and have found quite helpful ever since. It's about simplifying and clarifying economics and ethics applied to society at large, where issues can get quite muddled and messy. This helps cut through that mess like a razor. It's called Jeff's Razor. (The name was inspired by the famous philosophical concept Occam's Razor. I know, that's a lot of hubris on my part.)


This framework is simple, but it has very far ranging consequences. Stated simply, Jeff's Razor means that overall economic prosperity and peace is directly proportional to the voluntary to involuntary exchange ratio. We will unpack this a little, but really it's a concept that could be studied and used for lifetimes.

"Overall" is an important concept because there are errors in any system. The ability to commit error is possibly the defining feature of life. We will dive into that a little more later. But, for now, …

Pain, Fear, Loss, Death, and Guilt

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It seems to me that there are five major personal problems in life that we must deal with on an emotional and existential level. There are, of course, other personal problems and quite a myriad of social problems that are for another time. But, for now, let's take a look at these five.


Pain
Pain is the most obvious, and the most pervasive. Pain is essentially an error signal that is saying there is something wrong. With all problems there are two options that we have, we can either change the outside circumstances, or we can change our inside perspectives.

If we can, then we should change the outside circumstances. If you have a health issue that you can fix, then you should fix it. If, just as a for instance, you went on a misadventure to Africa and became severely ill, were even told you were going to die while you were there. Then, you got back and couldn't get better. Your entire digestive system was severely damaged and that was also completely messing up your immune syste…

Notes on Theoconceptualism; Or, Towards a New Religion and Philosophy

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Theoconceptualism is a theological philosophy that I'm creating. I have a document where I keep notes. I'm sharing some of those notes here.


- I have longer definitions in my notes, but here are the short versions of three important words. -


phi·los·o·phy
the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline.
the study of the theoretical basis of a particular branch of knowledge or experience.

the·ol·o·gy
the study of the nature of God and religious belief.
religious beliefs and theory when systematically developed.

re·li·gion
the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.


- Now the notes will get really chaotic, so hold on to your mind. -

Nature of God, nature of salvation
God concept, God as concept, God is concept
All Life is Problem Solving - Karl Popper
12 Rules for Life - Jordan Peterson
Maps of Meaning - Jordan Peterson
Vision, articulation, create, …