Drawing a Line With Idiots

Discernment / Exercises / The Skill

I know, I know. My mother always told me not to call anyone an idiot, but really, what other word will do? I’ve just…

When to Argue or Not

Community / Discernment / Pluralistic World

Sometimes I swear it feels like everyone has become the worst sort of fundamentalist: quick to argue, slow to listen, no, unable to listen,…

The Recovery of Classical Greek Thinking

Books / Discernment

There were certain ancient schools of thought, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, which could not be fully embraced without abandoning some fundamental Christian principles. Again,…

Living in a Boring Cosmos

Culture / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

Consider being alone, still, in complete silence. It can be a precious relief, a lovely respite from noise, and busyness, and demands, and people.…

The Birth of the Christian Worldview

Discernment / Scripture / Spirituality

Imagine a citizen of Rome thinking about the world the year Herod Antipas became tetrarch of Galilee—4 bc, the historians reckon. There are skirmishes…

Letter to My Students

Culture / Ordinary Life / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

Dear Students, I’ll tell you about two key moments in my life. They came close together. I think I was seventeen. I’m not sure…

Old Myths Resurrected

Pluralistic World / Spirituality

Some of the most popular films today depict ancient pagan gods as superheroes. The Avengers (2012), for example, directed by Joss Whedon, one of…

Faithfulness in Political Uncertainty

Discernment / Pluralistic World

Great forces have been unleashed politically, and the ripples set in motion are washing over our world. The 2016 American presidential election revealed that…

Polarization, reaction and faithfulness

Discernment / Ordinary Life / Spirituality

I like to think that my beliefs are pure, held only because they are demonstrably true, and maintained in a form untouched by the…

When Progress Breeds Problems

Culture / Discernment / Pluralistic World

Usually we are simply swept along by progress, and hardly notice how the advances in technology and the marketplace actually work themselves out in…