Month: July 2017

Bible, Christianity

Cosmic Remarriage: A Sermon by Chris Borah with some Reflection

Below, you’ll find the audio to a sermon by one Chris Borah: Your browser don’t support audio player 16 July Cosmic Remarriage by Chris Borah It’s worth a listen.  Here some brief festoonings and trains of thought brought up by his sermon (they may be of interest or help even if you don’t listen: Personal: …

Bible, Christianity, Uncategorized

Genesis 1-2 and Man as Artist

One of the ideas that emerges from the first two chapters of Genesis is the distinction between creation and cultivation, nature and art, or even chaos and order. For instance, when God makes the world it is a chaotic emptiness (Genesis 1:1-2), but through the next several verses, he organizes it into a series of …

Politics, Uncategorized

The Imaginary Amendment

Last election season as morally and emotionally exhausting for many. I thought it was pretty funny. One of the most intriguing aspects of the whole thing was that in the space of about one year, the notion of purely open borders or even more to the point, the notion that the whole planet had a …

Bible, Uncategorized

Science “Disproves” the Bible Again

In a goofy clickbait article, Ian Johnston claims that (btw, it’s helpful to use webarchive to link articles like this so that they don’t get ad revenue): The argument goes: The Bible reported that the Israelites were supposed to annihilate the Canaanites.  If true, “the Canaanites could not have directly contributed genetically to present-day populations.” Canaanite …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity, Uncategorized

The only word for this: heh

Here is what happens when you believe that ultimate reality is class conflict between men and women: You have to subvert truth to believe that worldview because it is observably true that cooperation between the sexes makes new humans. You have to subvert goodness to believe that worldview because one must assume that any apparent …

Christian Mindset, Christianity, Spiritual Life

The Mindset of the Spirit and the Mindset of the Flesh

Since becoming a teacher, I’ve been utterly intrigued by Carol Dweck’s concept of mindset. What’s interested me most is where the idea appears in Scripture. The most obvious part of the Bible is in Romans 8: 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those …

Contemporary Trends

Sex Laws: Do They Pass the Reality Test?

If you know me, you know I’ve got an anti-authoritarian side. This is temperamental first and only then morphs into ideology. I noticed this about myself in my late teens. Because of that, I typically found myself siding w/libertarian in most areas of political theory. But I knew, even in high school, that pure anarchy …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity

Brief Reflection on Christianity and Politics

I can think of two main errors made about the relationship between the gospel and politics. Each of them has multiple instantiations: Over-Absolutizing Politics In this case, Christians see that the gospel has specific political implications and then associate those implications with the gospel itself.  Over-Relativizing Politics In this case, Christians see that the gospel …

Autobiography, Politics

Conservatism Conserves What?

This is an edit of a post from October 21st, 2016 When I was in junior high I learned about conservatives and liberals. I was really confused about the fact that liberals wanted more rules for business owners and that conservatives wanted to spend more money on war. A couple of years later, I converted …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity

Conserving a theory of human nature

The conservatives in the Anglican church have run into trouble conserving a basic distinction fundamental to the Biblical narrative, having a family, the continuing of the church as a community in history, and the building and maintenance of civilization. The BBC reports that: The Church of England’s governing body has voted to look into special …