Larry Sanger

Online knowledge organizer. Co-founder of Wikipedia, Ph.D. Philosophy.

A Rationalist Approaches Christianity

I am privately linking from here (below) a new essay about Christian religious epistemology, 20,700 words (if you can believe that). Here is the first paragraph: The purpose of this discussion is to determine whether I should—whether it is rationally justified to—conduct a systematic study of…

Not all ways of changing the world are good

Not all ways of changing the world are good.Some edges you don’t go over, ever.Some edgelords are the enemy.Some rebellion is shockingly evil.Sometimes, wearing the clothes of the devil means you’re the goddamn Devil. Some actions and people are objectively evil—the enemy.Not everything in…

Why God Might Exist: A Dialogue Concerning Unnatural Religion

Modern religious skeptics often declare that the reason they are atheists is that there is no good evidence for the existence of God. It is as if they were mere dispassionate judges, and no one has yet submitted adequate reasons to adopt a belief in God to them—the immaculate Tribunal of Reason,…

On Attitudes Toward Evil

As I have been thinking in recent months both about different religions—but especially Christianity—and about evil in general, it strikes me suddenly that how different worldviews regard evil is deeply important. This is especially important to me now because of the stunning and sickening amounts…

Why I Have Not Been a Christian, and Why That Might Change

A Personal History of My Nonbelief I think I lost the faith I was raised in (Lutheran) when I was 16, a few years after the family stopped going regularly to church. That was when I first started studying philosophy more seriously. To be specific, I stopped being Christian because I stopped…

Irish Session Tune Tutorial

I play Irish-style fiddle—though I'm not really Irish to speak of, my Dad listened to this music and played it a bit when I was growing up, so I got to like it and was motivated to learn it when I was in grad school, and I've played ever since. Anyway, while practicing recently, it occurred to…

How I’m Reading the Bible in 90 Days

The Bible is easily the most influential book of Western literature. If you haven't read any part of it at all, you aren't educated, period. But, for that matter, if you haven't read it all the way through, then again you still have a massive hole in your education. That's what I told myself…

Launching Sanger Consulting

I'm announcing an Internet consulting business. Learn more at a new website: > sanger.io < I've consulted briefly with many companies over the years. Nobody seems disappointed. The thing that I can do possibly better than anyone is to give a complete analytical review of your…

Bold Predictions for the 2020s

Yeah, who knows what will really happen? But here are my predictions (i.e., wild guesses). The Jeffrey Epstein estate and Ghislaine Maxwell cases, as well as the Biden Ukraine case, and some as-yet-lesser-known cases, will rock the entire Western world for several years. Donald Trump will…

On the “God of the Gaps”

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo If God exists, he knows all the physical explanations of all the phenomena. From his point of view, there is no "God of the gaps." Hence our inability to explain something about the world is no reason to infer that God makes human-style arbitrary choices.…