Culling

I’ve found an easy way to improve the average quality of Throne and Altar posts:  to eliminate the sub-par ones.  I am currently in the process of removing what I regard as the most forgettable posts.  Ultimately, I’d like to remove at least half of them.  I’m also removing posts that are possibly dangerous to the faith:  criticisms of Pope Francis, pointing out what I think are weaknesses in arguments for orthodox conclusions, expressions of disrespect for the episcopate, and the like.  In the end, I hope to remove most of the theology posts except those relevant to political philosophy, since the others are beyond the scope of this blog and the expertise of the author, and are thus likely to be inadvertently heretical anyway.  Nonpolitical philosophy posts will stay for the time being, but I would prefer to move them to their own blog someday.  I intend for the culling to be an ongoing process.  I will continue to write forgettable posts, but will then remove them after a month.  I’m making this announcement so that people won’t think I’m being persecuted by liberals working for WordPress or that I am underhandedly trying to hide evidence for my bad predictions and bad arguments. (No–I am forthrightly hiding the evidence!)

20 Responses

  1. I don’t know Bonald. I think you should leave your old posts and perhaps add a repudiation at the end of them if you don’t feel that they are right. Even when I disagree with you I find your thoughts on the subject interesting.

    I also think that if you’re going to think about the Faith, heretical thoughts must be raised even if to develop good arguments against them. Criticism is legitimate provided it is done in good faith and based upon the truth.

  2. “I’m also removing posts that are possibly dangerous to the faith: criticisms of Pope Francis, pointing out what I think are weaknesses in arguments for orthodox conclusions, expressions of disrespect for the episcopate, and the like.”

    Those are my favorites!

  3. Seems like if possible, you should just mark them as no longer being “canonical” opinions. Just add in an explanation as to why you no longer agree with the previous statement.

  4. It’s not that I’ve changed my opinions. It’s that I’ve decided that there are some areas where I shouldn’t have been voicing opinions at all, whether because I lack expertise, because I have nothing especially profound to say, or because my quibbles are not spiritually edifying.

  5. Still at work on this. God, what a lot of low-quality crap I’ve written.

  6. The unedifying ones are of course among my favorites, too. But I commend you for acting in accordance with reactionary principles. Modesty and restraint are counterrevolutionary.

  7. You know Bonald, for some unknown reason you’ve been on my mind today as has been the parable of the talents. I get the gut feeling that you’re doing something wrong, like the man burying his talents out of fear.

    Just my two cents.

  8. Are you going to cull the series on Pharisaic Catholicism? I thought that was excellent food for thought.

  9. CYBER GENOCIDE

  10. Already several of your most thought-provoking posts are gone, it seems. Just because you aren’t a credentialed “expert” doesn’t mean you can’t bring up important points, or ones that can serve as a starting point for more specialised thinkers.

    The recent stream of posts about Catholic philosophy comes to mind immediately.

  11. Thank you for your blog and I’m sorry for the off-topic comment, but I wondered if you had already written about the philosophical issues discussed here:

    https://www.quantamagazine.org/questioning-truth-reality-and-the-role-of-science-20180524/
    https://www.quantamagazine.org/physicists-and-philosophers-debate-the-boundaries-of-science-20151216/

  12. I think it is deleted now, but I remember reading some thoughts of yours on weaknesses of the traditional proofs of the existence of God. I wonder, then, if a proof like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYZ7Hz99xjE meets your exacting standards?

  13. Who are you and what have you done to my Bonald??!!!!! LOL

  14. Thank you for the link djz242013. I have trouble finding a time and place to watch videos, so I don’t know when I’ll get to it. Why is it that so many people suddenly seem to be making videos? Written text is so much better.

  15. I have trouble finding a time and place to watch videos, so I don’t know when I’ll get to it. Why is it that so many people suddenly seem to be making videos? Written text is so much better.

    Amen. Good to know that you’re never going to switch from blog posts to doing podcasts!

    Regarding the video, it appears to be the ‘Neoplatonic’ proof as presented in Feser’s Five Proofs of the Existence of God, reasoning from the existence of composite things composed of parts to something that must be absolutely simple.

  16. “Ultimately, I’d like to remove at least half of them. I’m also removing posts that are possibly dangerous to the faith: criticisms of Pope Francis, pointing out what I think are weaknesses in arguments for orthodox conclusions, expressions of disrespect for the episcopate, and the like.”

    I expect that sweeping such issues under the rug is itself possibly dangerous to the Faith. Nonetheless, do as God calls you. But make sure it’s him.

  17. Would you consider putting a warning about your links. I recall that the commenters on Dalrock and Jim Donald at least would get very inappropriate at times concerning sex. If you still link to them, please consider leaving a warning.

  18. Bonald,

    You removed your “Human Sacrifice and the Eucharist” essay? I loved that essay.

    I hadn’t realized you were going to remove any of the essays. What was objectionable about it?

  19. Thanks, I’m glad you liked it. That one was removed because I’m trying to avoid claiming any competence in matters of revealed theology.

    Now that you mention it, I might have been too hasty, because despite its name that essay was largely anthropological. (Not that I know anything about anthropology either, but who cares if I lead people astray in that?)

  20. Bonald: you couldn’t possibly lead people astray in anthropology more than the professional anthropologists already do.

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