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

On the Resurrection

Whether you believe or reject the claim of the Resurrection of Jesus, there seems to be on either side a single key consideration.  For believers, there is an account of the Resurrection given in the Bible.  For doubters, this is an account of a miracle, and miracles do not occur.  Those are the main competing … Continue reading On the Resurrection

Is faith above ethics?

Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling is a challenging read, but gripping when you're in the mood for that sort of thing.  The main thesis has something to do with faith being the greatest passion of human beings, that faith reaches beyond rational ethical doctrines, and that modern society is wrong to think that it can go … Continue reading Is faith above ethics?

Needing a (Way of) Life

Many of us have a sort of nagging restlessness that we're frequently in need of escaping.  We need to be fully immersed in something, but nothing seems sufficiently appealing.  There is a deep trepidation that trying to immerse in the wrong thing will only intensify the restlessness, turning it into desperation. Others of us are lucky … Continue reading Needing a (Way of) Life

Twas the night before..

Flying out tomorrow to Massachusetts.  Have most of my stuff packed.  Am looking forward to a nice visit with family for Christmas.  It's always weird "going back."  There's all the questions it raises -- the question of belonging, as in where do I belong, where would I be happiest.  There's the question of me -- … Continue reading Twas the night before..

Loosening the Grip of Anxiety

We are thrown across the ground, and some of us land in good spots, others in bad spots.  We are scattered.  Where we find ourselves is not often where we want to be.  We would rather be somewhere else, somewhere much better.  Failing that, we would like to escape from where we are.  Escape away. … Continue reading Loosening the Grip of Anxiety