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 the most recent episode of the Every Thought Captive Podcast, we discussed some of the most annoying types of people that exist on social media. I've had years of discipline and practice reflecting on annoying people on social media - mostly by reading my own tweets. You should listen to the whole episode, but … Continue reading the most annoying people on social media (simpsons version)
There is a critical scene in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein that has Frankenstein's monster hiding in a hovel adjoining an out-of-the-way cottage. A hovel is an appropriately chosen abode for the monster. The image of a hovel brings to mind a solitary and wretched existence. "Wretch" is a favorite word of Shelley's. She uses it 38 … Continue reading silicon valley’s frankensteins
I promise I'll not make a habit of this, but I have one of those personality types where it is hard to let a conversation go without replaying it in my mind over and over again. It's not a particularly enjoyable quirk to have - especially as a person who communicates for a living. So … Continue reading is virtue signalling a sin?
"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
I hadn't planned on doing this, but I am earnestly committed to avoiding work at the moment, so I decided to take a little time and respond to some constructive criticism I've received from my last post. Also, because I'm currently on a bit of a well needed hiatus from Twittering I've decided to respond … Continue reading on preaching and choirs
Fighting racism doesn't start on Twitter. It starts at home. Talk to your kids. Seriously. Do it now. #charlottsville — Chad Ragsdale (@caragsdale) August 12, 2017 Like all of you I remain not just disgusted but deeply disturbed by the events in Virginia over the weekend. I'm disgusted because racism, hate, and violence are so … Continue reading when tweeting becomes your act of righteousness
This post is going to be self-referential in a way that I swore to not indulge when I started this blog, but because this issue came up on a recent Every Thought Captive podcast and because I didn't answer the question very well I decided to write something up. Yes, from time to time, I have … Continue reading why talk to atheists on twitter?
The other day my son came walking upstairs where I was working, and I could tell he was agitated. He was sighing and pacing back and forth. Normally (especially this year) I would assume that something bad had happened during the Cubs game, but I knew they didn't play until that night. "What's up, buddy?" … Continue reading too much information