About a year ago I decided that I wanted to make a stronger push into church life, and am proud to say now have a year's worth of weekly Mass attendance under my belt. Today is Pentecost, which marks the end of the Easter season. Though there are special Sunday Masses in between, the next … Continue reading A Year at Mass
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
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?
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?
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