Month: May 2017

Basics, Education, Pedagogy

Quick-Sand Memory: Lecture to the Wall and Beyond

Introduction Many young people are challenged to study harder to succeed, but very few of them are given any helpful guidelines for studying. Below are two helpful study techniques and one piece of research that support them. Lecture to the Wall “The Overnight Student” by Michael Jones which can be found here. The book is …

Culture

What is this life? or Heterosexuality is an invention not an observation

An article on the BBC posited that heterosexuality is a mythology invented to preserve a way of life which helped us survive, but isn’t really necessary any longer. The author concludes: The line between heterosexuality and homosexuality isn’t just blurry, as some take Kinsey’s research to imply – it’s an invention, a myth, and an outdated one. Men …

Contemporary Trends, Economics, Culture

When the wage gap closes you…

 Rejoice? Try to solve other apparent problems. Move on. Complain The answer, my friends…#4! While I find people wielding the wage gap as proof of oppression in the United States tiresome and stupid, this article which indicates a closing of the wage gap is a new species of silly. In it the author observes: Women …

Christian Mindset, Bible, Christianity, Spiritual Life

The Human Side of Spiritual Formation

In Paul’s letter to the Philippians he passes over the intellectual difficulty of human and divine agency in spiritual growth with no effort to resolve the apparent contradiction contained in his statement: …with fear and trembling, work to acquire your own salvation; for God is the one working in you both to will and to work …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

Friend of God? What does that mean?

A favorite song of many evangelical Christians repeats the refrain: “I am a friend of God, he calls me, ‘Friend.’” But what does it mean to be friend of God, or more specifically, of Jesus Christ? The answer to the question leads me to hum that song line rather than proclaim it for fear of …

Contemporary Trends, Video Games, Culture, Philosophy

Workless Society?

A Guardian article speculates on the sense of meaning in the world about a world beyond work: You don’t need to go all the way to Israel to see the world of post-work. If you have at home a teenage son who likes computer games, you can conduct your own experiment. Provide him with a …

Bible, Philosophy

Narrative and Theology in Scripture

In the Old Testament there are two ways of speaking about God that cannot be reconciled if both are taken to be literally true. The Old Testament makes clear that God will not punish the innocent for the sins of the guilty: The word of the LORD came to me: “What do you mean by …

Christian Mindset, Christianity, Mindset, Spiritual Life

Loving your enemies does not mean neglecting to love your friends.

This is a repost from my old blog Jesus put love pretty high up in his list of priorities for human flourishing. The biggest problem for modern romantics who prefer to rhapsodize about love is that he said to actually do it. Look how one of his closest friends summarized his message: 1 John 3:18 …

Christianity, Philosophy

God’s Eternity

The other day, I was discussing God’s eternity with my good friend, Chris. The most difficult aspect of the concept is determining how to speak coherently of God’s eternity while also confessing our faith in the Incarnation. Below are two paragraphs from Boethius that help us define God’s eternity in the first place. I read Boethius …