John Calvin famously called human nature an "idol factory." This seems to be self-evidently true. We are always creating for ourselves objects or ideas to venerate. If that's true, then it is also true that we are always creating for ourselves new religions. A religion, to put it very simply, is a set of beliefs … Continue reading religion and cancel culture
On a recent Sunday morning I was missing church both physically and existentially. Rather than worship, I was sitting in a poorly lit, underground hotel conference room listening to a plenary session at the annual meeting of one of the major regional accrediting bodies for higher education in the United States. It was titillating, as … Continue reading how did we get here?
“We must picture hell as a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement, where everyone has a grievance, and where everyone lives with the deadly serious passions of envy, self-importance, and resentment.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters I saw the above quote recently on Twitter along with the hashtag #academia." To … Continue reading free love
As far as biblical words go, ἄνθρωπος (anthropos) was never a particularly controversial one. It is a rather generic word that appears almost 550 times in the Greek New Testament. This word has given us notable English words like "anthropology" and "anthropomorphic," but it never really gave us much drama or intrigue until 2011. It's … Continue reading are those your niblings or are they your siblings from your piblings?
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
An idol is a glory cul de sac. Any thing, when properly understood and used, can become an avenue for bringing glory to our Creator. The things of the natural world can lead us to the worship of God, or as Paul reminds us in Romans 1, tainted by our sin they can become objects … Continue reading when patriotism becomes a problem
As former CEO, Ares was the first to offer his report. He was physically the opposite of his son who had succeeded him. He was tall and barrel-chested. Despite his ancient age, he was the picture of strength and vitality. And violence. There was a blood-red tinge in his eyes, that despite his controlled speech … Continue reading chapter 2: ares reports