Category: Contemporary Trends

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

Self-Esteem

A former student sent me a link to a video about self-esteem last week. She asked for my comments. I finally made time to watch it today. Here’s the video:   Matt Walsh is certainly correct here. Confidence, defined essentially as known competence in the face of difficulty is superior to self-esteem (see note below).  But …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

Jung and God

In Man and His Symbols, Jung attempts to tackle the topic of religious experience: Christians often ask why God does not speak to them, as he is believed to have done in former days. When I hear such questions, it always makes me think of the rabbi who was asked how it could be that …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

Christianese: Don’t think about it, just let God tell you what to say

The Christianese Some Christians are unjustifiably skeptical of putting deep thought into their faith. This stems from misunderstanding key Bible passages, in this case, we’ll look at Matthew 10:16-20. I’ve written a lot about  this passage, but with regard to being wise like serpents. The Passage Let’s read the passage: 16 Behold, I am sending you …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

Why I am no longer a Calvinist

I used to be a Calvinist. I’ve since slowly drifted away from that point of view. A few years ago I wrote about why. Below I’ve simplified/clarified those reasons. I know how complicated these debates get, and we see through a glass darkly. Our understanding of time, determinism, human will and consciousness, moral goodness, the …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity

John Piper Doesn’t Understand Strength Training

In the essay compilation Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, John Piper quizzically wrote: Consider what is lost when women attempt to assume a more masculine role by appearing physically muscular and aggressive. It is true that there is something sexually stimulating about a muscular, scantily clad young woman pumping iron in a health club. But no …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity, Culture, Philosophy, Politics

On the fundamental problem of socialist thinking

Socialism has a problem: What? Sanders? He’s a nice guy. What problem? It’s a totalitarianism problem. Over at CapX (an obviously biased website), this observation was made: Obviously, not everyone feels that dictatorship and mass murder are too high a price to pay for equality. Eric Hobsbawm, the British Marxist historian, for example, was once …