Just be Practical: Do Science, Have a Mind

“Faith” can be used to escape from reason and wisdom, but should not be. Even a leading atheist can agree that some kinds of theism are on team reason and that some kinds of atheists are not! This is good news and is a hopeful sign in our very divided Republic. I am thankful for [Read More…]

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Finding Some Sense in My Sensibility

If one were to develop a clickbait test for Austen nerds, What Austen Character Should You Marry?, then teenage me would (almost) surely end up in love with Marianne Dashwood, the romantic, dramatic, frenetic character in Sense and Sensibility. Marianne adds the biggest dose of the sensibility to the text and most of the fireworks. Marianne might burnout or [Read More…]

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Why Lying is a Such a Serious Sin

Better to die than to tell a lie.  Why? Truth is out there, but it can be hard to understand, find, and even harder to know when we have found it! We embrace lies as truth and ignore the truth as if it is a lie. For all those reasons, truth is precious and so [Read More…]

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The Pleasant and Unpleasant Sides of Being Lost

Terrifying to be lost as a child . . . looking up in the mall and realizing my parents are gone. Where to go? What to do? Bliss when Mom and Dad found me! I once was lost and now I am found. The Bible uses that image a good bit and it works for [Read More…]

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These are not the mermaids we expected. . .

Today Columbus, the sailor and not the city, had a disappointing day. The report says: On the previous day, when the Admiral went to the Rio del Oro, he saw three mermaids, which rose well out of the sea; though they are not so beautiful as they are painted, though to some extent they have the [Read More…]

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The Greater Erotic

Reason is a harsh corrective to fantasies and dreams. Some dreams cannot be. No matter how much we might hope that death is an exit from all our problems, reason and human experience suggests death is no escape. Instead, dying gives way to life. Life (as the Phaedo demonstrates) never ends. We must live by reason to [Read More…]

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Mary as Wise Woman: the Improbability of “Just a. . . ” Mary

Mary is the Mother of God. All Christians agree on that truth or they are not really Christians. This fundamental truth of Christmas, that a human being contributed her full humanity to Jesus, is perilous. Some are tempted to worship the womb while others try to reduce her to a womb. We must honor Mary, [Read More…]

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The Holly and the Ivy or The Pony and the Elephant

Christmas has traditions that you should change and make your own, but some things get worse with tinkering. I should know. My children had two bath toys, a pony and an elephant, that endured through many adventures in cleanliness. They lasted long enough to need their own song and I “wrote” one called The Pony and the Elephant. This [Read More…]

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Follow the Star: the Folly of Certainty

Beauty, Truth, and the Good are real. What do I mean by that? Beauty, Truth, and the Good exist independent of human minds. They exist in the Mind of God (at least) and so can be known. If the Good can be known, the moral life is possible. If the Truth can be known, then [Read More…]

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Don’t Beware the Super Moon

Tonight my family was having fun filming the Super Moon. You can see our (20161115_011546000_iOS) homage to Joss Whedon if you have the bandwidth and realize that Joss Whedon should be upset. We did the best we could. It reminded me: signs in Heaven matter, except when they do not. The strange thing is that [Read More…]

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