Tribute to Nick Josh Karean

Strictly speaking, as an Honorable Skeptic, I do not expect to have followers of my ethical philosophy. Nor am I a blind follower of anyone (because then I wouldn’t be a skeptic). No, not even Carl Sagan, though he was a idol of mine in childhood and he was one of my direct influences in the creation of my standard of ethics. But there is one person whose vision so closely mirrors my own, and even exceeds it in many ways, that I must pay tribute to him as a brother in arms against ignorance, superstition, and self-serving bigotry: Nick Josh Karean.

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He lives in a nation split between Buddhists, Muslims, Christians and Hindus, among other religious communities, yet he was a fundamentalist Christian early in his life, just as I was. Eventually, however, he learned to get away from that and developed critical thinking, becoming one of the strongest advocates for reason, science and objective truth I’ve ever known. He currently travels in his free time and captures his experiences on photo and video which he shares on his blog and his YouTube channel.

I invite all who know me to also join with him.

6 thoughts on “Tribute to Nick Josh Karean


    Where does an Honorable Skepitc like yourself belong on the recent chart comparing religion or irreligion to where you tend to belong on the political compass. I assume nothing in particular includes Humanism, SBNR, Deism, Ethical Culture, and Transcendentalism.

    American political divides and religious divides correlate.

    Churches that are similar religiously are also similar ideologically.

    Evangelicals are classic conservatives (small role in economy, protect morality). Pentecostals want a larger role for government on economic issues. Evangelical break-offs from mainline denominations are less favored toward government regulation of morality (e.g., Presbyterian Church in America, Lutheran Missouri Synod, and smaller Methodist churches).

    Mainline churches hold similar economic views as evangelicals but want less government involvement protecting traditional morality.

    Christians in traditionally black denominations and evangelicals are similar in their views toward morality policy, but there is a large divide on economics.

    Catholics are large and represent the center on both dimensions.

    Jews are centrist on the economy. There is a major divide between both Conservative and Orthodox Jews and other streams of Judaism. This divide falls along the morality dimension.

    The “nones” are united on their ideology toward morality (keep government out!) but there are interesting divides on government services. Atheists want more government services; agnostics favor less governmental involvement in the economy. If you consider Unitarians part of this group, then they’re the most supportive of government services.

    • Assuming that chart above is accurate, I am definitely aligned with the Unitarians more than any other group. In fact, I am a libertarian socialist, in the sense that I want the government to manage much of the economy currently in the hands of giant corporations, but I also want the government to butt out of people’s private lives.

      • That reminds me of the lacks of groups and parties in that quadrants. It always seems to be the least populated quadrant in this and in other charts.

        Take America for example with the parties who have socialism or communism as their ideology.

        Communist Party USA (Communism and Marxism Leninism)
        Freedom Socialist Party (Communism and Trotskyism)
        Party for Socialism and Liberation (Communism and Marxism Leninism)
        Socialist Action (Communism and Trotskyism)
        Socialist Alternative (Communism and Trotskyism)
        Socialist Equality Party (Communism and Trotskyism)
        Socialist Workers Party (Communism and Marxism Leninism)
        Workers World Party (Communism and Stalinism)

        Peace & Freedom Party (Democratic Socialism)
        Socialist Party USA (Demicratic Socialism)

        Green Party (Social Democracy)
        Justice Party (Social Democracy)

        Libertarian Socialist Parties
        Coalition of the Radical Left aka SYRIZA (Greece)
        Concentration for the Liberation of Aruba (Aruba)
        Equality Party (Chile)
        Freedom and Solidarity Party (Turkey)
        Greens and the Left Party of the Future (Turkey)
        World Socialist Party of the United States (United States)

  2. These are the updates differentiating types of Catholics on the scale rather than just one lump group for all of them.

    Putting these four divisions together, I can identify eight types of Catholics in America:
    Not practicing
    Latino Pentecostal (includes both modern and traditional because of sample size)
    Latino Modern (does not include Pentecostals)
    Latino Traditional (does not include Pentecostals)
    Pentecostal Traditional (does not include Latinos)
    Pentecostal Modern (does not include Latinos)
    Traditional (does not include Latinos or Pentecostals)
    Modern (does not include Latinos or Pentecostals)

    There’s a lot of information stuffed into this one graph, but here are a few key things we can see:

    Each of the three Latino Catholics types are located near each other, favoring more government services and greater protection of morality.

    Not Practicing Catholics are the most liberal, being left of center on both government spending and government protection of morality.

    Modern Catholics are the largest type. This groups holds a similar stance on social issues as Not Practicing, but is right of center on government spending.

    Traditional Catholics are the true conservatives — smaller government on economics but larger role on social issues.

    Pentecostals are more conservative on both dimensions than other Catholics. Modern Pentecostals are more conservative than other Catholics who want to adapt to modern life; Traditional Pentecostals are more conservative than other Catholics who are want to preserve tradition.

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