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

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Recently when READY PLAYER ONE came out, I started a debate on SMS about nostalgia with two old friends from an old book club I ran in Joplin. We read READY PLAYER ONE the year it came out or something. By “start a debate,” I really mean that I got emotional about nostalgia per se and started … Continue reading guest post

pronouns

"What do you think of Jordan Peterson?" Over the past year I've been asked that question by a surprising number of people. Friends, students, colleagues, believers, atheists, conservatives, and progressives - he's captured the attention and the imagination of a lot of folk. I was even asked by a high school student this summer in … Continue reading pronouns

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An athlete is suddenly forced by outside circumstances into a moral dilemma. I'm sure the athlete harbors nostalgic sentiments going back to childhood when the game was just the game and playing it was a simple joy. But these are not simple times. These are times when our games are emblematic of larger and weightier … Continue reading flags

dear children, keep yourselves from idols

John ends his first letter abruptly. Almost as an afterthought, he adds a post script warning his readers about idols. The NIV encourages us to read this verse out of place by strangely choosing to isolate the last verse of the letter in its own very short paragraph. It gives the verse the appearance of … Continue reading dear children, keep yourselves from idols

what ready player one gets wrong

(This post will contain a few spoilers if you haven't seen the movie yet.) Despite what you might conclude from the title of this post, I really enjoyed both the movie and the book.  After seeing the movie, I commented on Facebook that it was better than The Last Jedi and Black Panther - two … Continue reading what ready player one gets wrong

can a christian in america suffer persecution?

I had an exchange with a friend on Twitter recently where he referenced the "Christian persecution complex." Filling in some gaps, I believe what he was actually referencing could be called the "American evangelical persecution complex" (understanding "evangelical" at least in this one context to refer to conservative Catholics as well). Basically the argument is … Continue reading can a christian in america suffer persecution?