Dunkirk: A Visceral Reaction

Dunkirk. I had mixed feelings before going. So many “cool” Christians said it was “a masterpiece.” And of course, I will not see a movie when it gets reviews like that. Yes, it’s one of my fatal flaws. But I did view it, and have many thoughts. First, there’s the obvious delimiting Nolan exercises on the film medium. The Guardian hammered him for this in this silly review. But I loved it. He takes a very big moment in history… Read more

Against Rahnerian Transcendence

On the notion of subjective unity of all reality: Excerpt: Rahner’s transcendental anthopology  Rhaner conceived and developed a transcendental anthropology; human beings are “spirits in the world.” As such, human and divine realities meet in the subjective reality of the individual spirit. In other words, God becomes present to human experience as the transcendental horizon which makes possible all human knowing and willing. Thus, God is always present in human experience “not as object {but} in the self-realization of the… Read more

Transhumanism: Can’t Code This

Transhumanists do a disservice by making transhumanism—a term first coined in 1957 by Julian Huxley in his essay New Bottles for New Wine—seem appealing because it’s based on speculative philosophy that reduces the self to a series of ones and zeroes. I feel like I’m looking into those mid-90’s mirror glasses of Morpheus trying to decide if I should take the blue pill or the red pill. Which one let’s me wake up like nothing’s happened, again? Transhumanism evangelists tell… Read more

What Sound Does Grace Make?

It took me a long time to figure out what grace is, how it works, and what it sounds like. Read more

C.S. Lewis And The Value of the Imagination

I am guilty of an elaborate plot. And that is: to let me daughters (hereafter affectionately referred to as my “pixies”) actually use their imaginations. My daughters believe in the Tooth Faerie, Jack Frost, and Santa Clause. I have the film Rise of the Guardians to thank for that. Years ago, after they watched the movie, when the girls asked me if they were real, I didn’t answer. Instead, I asked them, “Well, what do you think?” They each proclaimed their answer:… Read more

The Vastness of the Universe and Man’s Seeming Insignificance

  Today’s guest post is brought to you by Chris Van Allsburg (no, not the children’s book author). Chris teaches apologetics and ethics, holds an MDiv, and is an MA in philosophy student. He teaches his children at home in the classical tradition, imbibing in Latin, Greek, Logic, and the good of C.S. Lewis. He loves Tolkien, sitting by the fire, and dreaming about being a master guitarist some day.    My brother used to sing Randy Newman’s 1977 hit “Short… Read more

Brave New Transhumanism World

Today’s guest post is brought to you by Chris Van Allsburg (no, not the children’s book author). Chris teaches apologetics and ethics, holds an Mdiv, and is an MA in philosophy student. He teaches his children at home in the classical tradition, imbibing in Latin, Greek, Logic, and the good of C.S. Lewis. He loves Tolkien, sitting by the fire, and dreaming about being a master guitarist some day.    In Sunday’s The Guardian, Yuval Noah Harari answers people’s probing questions… Read more

How Beauty Connects to the Atonement

On the goodness and beauty of this world I can hardly keep still. I fidget with excitement. To see another mountain range. To discover a new path. To stand on the side of a remote gorge and listen to utter silence. To discover a three foot icicle hanging from an inordinately beautiful mound of moss. The ice and moss and silence does not serve me. There is no immediate utilitarian purpose to it. It’s there, moving in and among its… Read more

Men, Women Aren’t Interested in Your Thor-Hammer

Men don’t need man-caves. We need a mountain. And we need to go to that mountain, alone, with God, so we can learn how to give our strength to our wives and girlfriends. Recently, I pulled the decade old Wild At Heart from my shelf and began looking at some of my favorite passages. In a chapter titled “The Father’s Voice” Eldredge tells how he heard God ask him if he was ready to be initiated. God initiates a man, explains… Read more

Walk in Wisdom: Guardian of Our Path

“Then you will understand what is right and just and fair–every good path.” (Proverbs 2:9, NIV) This morning the path stretches out before me, and before you. Will we ask for the wisdom and strength to walk it, or will we veer, following after crooked side-paths? Today, I’m spiritually refreshing myself in Proverbs 2, as I continue this short series of reflections on wisdom. Proverbs 2 is all about the path of the wise. It highlights moral contrasts and “if-then” statements: If… Read more

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