Is Jesus the Serpent in the Garden?

In the Gospels Jesus is going to describe himself as "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6).  Though Jesus is often likened to Adam in the letters of St. Paul, and the serpent in the garden of Eden is likened to Satan, a case could be made that Jesus is not as analogous … Continue reading Is Jesus the Serpent in the Garden?

Reflections on Summer, 2017

Well we're here in the first full week of fall and what a summer I had this year.  I did not teach, or do a whole lot of academic research (though I squeezed some in before the current semester started).  I did not read very much, though I tried to a few times.  The books … Continue reading Reflections on Summer, 2017

Thoughts on the Drug Epidemic

This is a post for the Love and Family section of this blog, as well as Politics in the News.  In light of the drug epidemic our country is facing, it seems worth while to work through our thoughts on possible ways forward in order to better evaluate our country's political dialogue and policy responses. … Continue reading Thoughts on the Drug Epidemic

Has Weapons Technology Diminished the American Soldier?

The vital importance of the American soldier in the past seemed much more self-evident than it does today.  From the Revolution to World War II, the United States soldier carried a reputation and esteem that went nearly unquestioned -- at least in the popular imagination of today.  Today, however, we need to force it a … Continue reading Has Weapons Technology Diminished the American Soldier?

Is Faith a Suicide of the Mind?

There are plenty of people that view faith as a sort of suicide of the mind.  The explicit preference among these types is for a purely skeptical posture toward the world, where all knowledge is derived scientifically.  Of course, there is a great pitfall among those who depend on science, namely that science is inductive, and … Continue reading Is Faith a Suicide of the Mind?