Category: Culture

Contemporary Trends, Christianity, Culture

The Church in Africa is Unimpressed

In response to efforts of the American leaders in the United Methodist Church to influence Africa’s Methodists to reject the Biblical teaching on homosexual marraige, they did not budge: I thank God for His precious Word to us, and I thank him for you, my dear sisters and brothers in Christ.As the General Coordinator of …

Economics, Culture

The Digital Tribe

No man is an island, even conceptually. We see ourselves enmeshed in multple layers reality: Family City Nation Sport teams Religious groups The physical world Etc There are certainly more elements to this and many of our social selves instantiate precisely to fit into these groups. So we behave differently at work than at home, …

Culture, Philosophy, Politics

The Parody of Modern Conservative Ideology

Conservatives rarely conserve anything. This is well known. What they like to do is make conservative cases for making society worse. For instance: henever you find an article that begins with the title, “The Conservative Case” for or against something, lock your door, check your wallet, and grab your gun. You know what’s coming is an …

Culture, Education

Why do Academics believe stupid ideas?

I’ve wondered this for a while. Why do folks with doctoral degrees, who look down on others for their stupidity, nevertheless reject the value of IQ tests? Why do academics who believe in the power of ethnic solidarity and identity politics also believe that human beings are born as blank slates? Why do academics who …

Rhetoric, Dialectic, Culture, Education

Words and Rhetoric

When using rhetoric or dialectic, your currency is words, they’re backed by definitions which reflect concepts or terms, and they’re used to buy emotions and thoughts. When you’re using dialectic, you want to be sure that you and your conversation partners agree about definitions. For instance, I was a part of a classroom management discussion …

Ethics, Culture, Philosophy, Psychology

Evidence for Stoicism

Stoicism claims that virtue is the only good and therefore the highest good. Is there any evidence for this? People really do not live like virtue is the highest good. But, do they live as if the respect virtuous people? Do people live like they want to be known as good people? Yes: Human rights …

Autobiography, Book-Review, Culture, Philosophy

Hedonism, Love, and Goodness

The things that shape who we are and how we think are pluriform and sometimes mysterious. This is especially so in the age of the internet stuff that may disappear forever after you read it. Every once in a while, the Internet sends it back to you. Around 2008-2009, I was quite depressed. And while …

Christian Mindset, Culture, Philosophy

Do Women Need Toxic Masculinity?

In the feminist literature, stoicism is central to Toxic Masculinity. But stoicism is a philosophy of using reason to interpret and control your emotions, it is similar to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. For feminists, controlling, regulating, or moderating your emotions is a form of freudian repression that somehow hurts men (or …

Culture, Parenting

The Four Ps of Manliness

Brett Mckay over at The Art of Manliness wrote a post a few years back about the three Ps of manliness (a part of a very good series): Procreate Provide Protect But I think there’s a fourth P that has to go along with each of these. I’m not sure what word to use, maybe …

Bible, Christianity, Culture, Uncategorized

He was Going to Die Tomorrow

The Philokalia includes excerpts from Evagrius of Pontus‘ Texts on Watchfulness. This one really caught my eye: A monk should always act as if he was going to die tomorrow; yet he should treat his body as if it was going to live for many years. The first cuts off the inclination to listlessness, and makes …