Archives for Oct 9, 2013 @ 20:16

No Wonder Kierkegaard was an Existentialist

Here’s how Kierkegaard, that splendidly odd Danish philosopher, took his coffee: Delightedly he seized hold of the bag containing the sugar and poured sugar into the coffee cup until it was piled up above the rim. Next came the incredibly strong, black coffee, which slowly dissolved the white pyramid. The process was scarcely finished before [Read More…]

Latino vs. Stoic

Major League Baseball, so Jorge Arangue says, is divided between the celebratory approach of Latinos and the stoicism of traditional Americans: Forget about the stats vs. scouts argument: The biggest dissonance in the game right now is between the showmanship of Latino players and the stoicism of the old guard. Some believe it is the [Read More…]

Reading Tolstoy Will…

… increase and develop your social and emotional skills. Comment below. A new study published this week in Science concludes that you may get something unexpected from reading great literary works: more finely-tuned social and emotional skills. Conducted by Emanuele Castano and David Comer Kidd (researchers in the psych department at the New School for Social Research), the study determined that readers [Read More…]

Grace, and the God of that Grace

A rock-solid agreement on which Christians of all stripes — and I mean all stripes — should agree is that God is gracious and that the whole of our redemption comes from God’s grace. So, humans don’t save themselves, they don’t become loving or holy by themselves, and they don’t stand up from the grave by [Read More…]

Black “and” or “but” Beautiful?

The Great Song of the Old Testament, often called the Song of Songs (not to be called the Song of Solomon, though it could be called the Song about Solomon [and others]), requires some sensitive interpretation. For instance… 1. There are three main characters: the Shulammite woman, her lover/husband, and Solomon. 2. The book is a satire [Read More…]