The Paradox of Lawn Care

From Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough & Michael Braungart: The average lawn is an interesting beast: people plant it, then douse it with artificial fertilizers and dangerous pesticides to make it grow and to keep it uniform — all so that they can hack and mow what they [Read More...]

The Quasi-Religious and Futile Enterprise of Space Colonization

Sci-fi author Charlie Stross on the futility of space colonization: [I] don’t want to spend much time talking about the unspoken ideological underpinnings of the urge to space colonization, other than to point out that they’re there, that the case for space colonization isn’t usually presented as an economic enterprise so much as a quasi-religious [Read More...]

Why You Need to Start Talking to Yourself More

From D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Spiritual Depression: Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them but they are talking [Read More...]

A Brief History of Economic Time

One hundred years ago the average American workweek was over 60 hours; today it’s under 35. One hundred years ago 6% of manufacturing workers took vacations; today it’s over 90%. One hundred years ago the average housekeeper spent 12 hours a day on laundry, cooking, cleaning and sewing; today it’s about three hours. –Steven Landsburg [Read more...]

Galileo on Human Nature

Long experience has taught me this about the status of mankind with regard to matters requiring thought: the less people know and understand about them, the more positively they attempt to argue concerning them, while on the other hand to know and understand a multitude of things renders men cautious in passing judgment upon anything [Read More...]

Handwork vs. Headwork

I spent thirty years of my life teaching philosophy at Calvin College and fifteen teaching philosophy at Yale University. At both institutions there was a pecking order (these institutions are typical in this regard, not unique), more evident to those at the bottom of the order than to those at the top. If you use [Read More...]

The Mask of God

The doctrine of vocation, a term that is just the Latin word for “calling,” deals with how God works through human beings to bestow His gifts. God gives us this day our daily bread by means of the farmer, the baker, the cooks, and the lady at the check-out counter. He creates new life — [Read More...]

Your Emotions Are A Gauge, Not A Guide

God designed your emotions to be gauges, not guides. They’re meant to report to you, not dictate you. The pattern of your emotions (not every caffeine-induced or sleep-deprived one!) will give you a reading on where your hope is because they are wired into what you believe and value — and how much. That’s why [Read More...]

Life is Like a Mansion with a Wallpaper-Covered Hole Leading to a Rhinoceros Covered with Millions of Mice or Why Are We So Busy?

In his Pensees, Blaise Pascal wrote, “I have often said that the sole cause of man’s unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.” Philosopher Peter Kreeft’s commentary on this passage is insightful and convicting (though it ends with a mixed metaphor that would make even Thomas Friedman cringe): We ought [Read More...]

Faith is Thinking

Faith according to our Lord’s teaching in [Matthew 6:30], is primarily thinking; and the whole trouble with a man of little faith is that he does not think. He allows circumstances to bludgeon him… . We must spend more time in studying our Lord’s lessons in observation and deduction. The Bible is full of logic, [Read More...]


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