Month: August 2017

Culture, Education, Philosophy

Paul Graham on what can’t be said

I love ideas, data, speculation, experiments, and plans. I also love arguments, refutations, and attempts at persuasion. And I think what I love the most about the United States is the general legal consensus that outside of inciting people to acts of terrorism, one is allowed to say what they wish without government censure. In …

Philosophy, Politics

Gloria Steinem and Moral Insanity

For Thomas Aquinas, sanity was one’s intellectual capacity to grasp first principles and reason from them.  For the ancient Hebrews, killing children for fertility is Molech worship. For Gloria Steinem, neither of those are a negative: “Are you kidding me? Listen, what causes climate deprivation is population. If we had not been systematically forcing women …

Bible, Christianity

Reflections on Abraham

What is a father? Genesis presents Abraham as being the father of many nations. The whole Bible presents the Israelites as the ‘sons of Abraham’ on multiple occasions. The New Testament, in particular, presents anybody with appropriate faith in God (whatever that means…but usually faith in Christ) as a child of Abraham. This is significant …

Mindset

How-To Even

Previously, in the formerly current year, many people expressed their inability to even. Here are two examples pulled from a quick twitter search for the phrase:   But I submit to you that you can. You can even. And here’s how: Stop publicly emoting about your inability to even. Simply note the emotion and ask, …

Christianity

A Psychology of Romance

Genesis 2:20-24 ESV The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. (21) So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took …

Bible, Uncategorized

Brief thoughts on Eden

In Genesis 1:1-2, God creates chaos and starts to bring order into the world. In Genesis 2, the author is retelling the creation story. You can tell because Adam and Eve are made on different days, and Adam precedes the plants and animals. That’s not a contradiction any more than Jesus telling a set of …

Christian Mindset, Mindset

What is my calling?

Briefly, Jesus outlines the calling for every Christian here: Mark 12:29-31 ESV Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. (30) And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all …

Christian Mindset, Bible, Christianity, Spiritual Life

From the outside in?

The pattern we typically set for people who wish to be more like Christ is this: Start from the inside out. It’s not unreasonable. Jesus says roughly that to the Pharisees: Matthew 23:25-26 ESV “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they …

Bible, Christianity

This Life and the Next

1 Timothy 4:7-8 ESV Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; (8) for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. Mark 10:29-31 ESV Jesus said, “Truly, I …