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?
In democracy, freedom reigns and citizens pursue the desires of their hearts without fear. Everything that you want, you may pursue. Although you might fall short, pursue you still may. This freedom is not, however, complete. Pursuits of citizens must at some basic level be compatible with each other. Pursuits are not as acceptable that … Continue reading You Say You Want a Revolution?
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
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
A common reason people will give for not voting is that they don't feel that their vote matters. And, as individuals, it really doesn't matter that much. It only matters when groups of people collectively decide whether or not to vote that really changes an election outcome. So your vote matters to the extent that … Continue reading Voting Efficacy and a Personal Connection to God
Not quite done with the semester yet, but feeling close enough to begin reflecting on what went right, what went wrong, and what if anything can be done about it for next year. My mind is at a place where I'm thinking about how there are a few big choices to make in approaching class. … Continue reading Some Reflections on a 1st Full Year of Teaching (College-level Politics)
When on deployment, the day-to-day routine can be roughly divided into mission days and recovery days. You either have a formal mission handed down through the chain of command, or you have the day to maximize your mission readiness in anticipation of whatever the next mission is. I was part of an armored combat engineer … Continue reading Recovery Days in Iraq, 2003
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
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?
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