love thy body

Remember those decoder glasses that you played with as a kid? They were just cheap cardboard glasses with colored cellophane lenses, but when paired with certain images they were able to make otherwise unseen images or words magically appear. Reading Nancy Pearcey always gives me the feeling of wearing these glasses as I'm trying to … Continue reading love thy body

godfather problem: when everyone is a milkshake duck

In June 2016, America had a brief love affair with an affable, rotund, sweater-wearing power plant operator from Illinois named Ken Bone. It was the middle of an ugly, contentious campaign season. We were looking for any reason whatsoever to feel better about humanity. So when Ken Bone asked the presidential candidates during the second … Continue reading godfather problem: when everyone is a milkshake duck

godfather problem: learning arithmetic from hitler

**Just so there's no confusion, Bill Hybels is not Hitler.** I was recently doing some light reading on anti-natalism. If you don't know what that is, anti-natalism is a perky little philosophy that argues procreation is inherently bad and it would have been far better if none of us had ever been born. Therefore refraining … Continue reading godfather problem: learning arithmetic from hitler

godfather problem: why your plane is probably not going to crash

A couple of weeks ago my son and I boarded a plane to Boston. I had an empty week in my schedule and airline miles burning a hole in my pocket, so I decided it was time to take Logan to a game at Fenway. We would spend some time with one of my best … Continue reading godfather problem: why your plane is probably not going to crash

our “godfather” problem

In the last chapter of his book, Awaiting the King, James K. A. Smith addresses what he calls our "Godfather Problem." ATK is the third book in Smith's Cultural Liturgies series. It is a fine series worth checking out especially if you're a fan of Charles Taylor - the philosopher, not the shoe guy or the African warlord. … Continue reading our “godfather” problem

if only there were some evidence

the inconvenience of awe Magna opera Domini exquisita in omnes voluntates ejus. This is the Latin inscription that was placed in the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge in 1871. It is a quote from Psalm 111. "Great are the works of the Lord, sought out by all who take pleasure therein." It was in this famous … Continue reading if only there were some evidence

animals

"You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?" Is it ever acceptable to refer to another human being as an animal? You probably know why I'm asking the question. The Twittergensia lost its collective mind (which it somehow manages to lose at least three times a day) recently … Continue reading animals