Don’t Be Bored: 9/11 Continues even on 9/12

I got up to teach the morning the Twin Towers fell. The buildings were burning when I had to walk to work stunned. Who did it? How many were dead? Were we at war? As I got to my office, two college students sat at a fountain and I heard them speaking: “Twin Towers. Twin [Read More…]

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On the Misuse of Informal Logic

Formal logic is a fierce guide to validity. Move an argument from prose and analyze it and you will often discover better rhetoric than logic. Most students (though not here!) are only taught “informal” or baby logic. The day an informal fallacy is taught to a student in junior high is the day they gain [Read More…]

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Trek to the Stars: Thank you Gene Roddenberry, fellow humanist

I know: he was a secular humanist, taking the Christian humanism of Erasmus and stripping it of Jesus. A good guess is that he confused secularism with short skirts on women and a rejection of sex rules. Gene Roddenberry was no saint of the Church. Still: thank you Gene Roddenberry, because you were a humanist: better secular [Read More…]

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Books for Baby with Substance? Help is on the Way!

I love the story of David and Goliath. I promise I do, but there is only so many times you can tell the story before wishing for something (anything!) different. My family is full of story tellers and there are few things more illuminating than a good tale, but to tell a story well requires [Read More…]

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A Green and Pleasant Land (An Idea from Homer’s Odyssey)

Our school is building a fence, though we are paying for it. The fence is defining where the school is and where it is not. The Bible has hero wall builders like Nehemiah and Homer writes a lot about walls and what they mean to civilization. Civilized people are wall builders, while barbarians drift. Being [Read More…]

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