THE ANTLIZT: December 13, 2017

News et cetera                                                                              What’s wrong with the world? I am (and so are you). My personal blog got picked up by Patheos. The baker and the empire. ‘Liberalism won the same-sex marriage battle. Religious conservatism isn’t going away. We all have to… Read more

What’s wrong with the world? I am (and so are you)

As the story goes, The Times was running a series of articles by various prominent people of the day, asking each to respond to the same question: ‘What is wrong with the world today?’ In due course, all of learned folk supplied insightful and elaborate answers to the reason behind the woes of the day. It is the corruption of the youth, the new leftist movement, the new right-wing movement, this or that economic policy. Then G.K. Chesterton posted his… Read more

Racism in America: Resources for (White) People

As a middle-class white kid, growing up in a very white place, I was blissfully and tragically ignorant of the reality of racism in America. The truth is, I was white so I didn’t have to think about it. I was unaware of the historical, institutional, systemic dynamics of racism in America. To my shame, it wasn’t until probably four or five years ago that I began to wrestle through the dark reality of racism in America. In this post, I am offering… Read more

Top 10 Albums of 2016

(The top three are ranked, the rest follow no particular order). 1. Bon Iver, 22, A Million This is far and away my favorite album of the year. Justin Vernon has kept himself busy with some cool collaborations over the past few years but this is his first full length album since Bon Iver (2011) and his life altering For Emma, Forever Ago (2008)… and dear “33, GOD” is this album beautiful and haunting. This album is strange in that… Read more

On cause mieux quand on ne dit pas causons OR Why Our Pursuit of Happiness is Making Us Miserable

From its very foundation, the American imagination was formed by the so-called inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness. This hallmark of what it means to be an American has evolved over the years but this evolution is not synonymous with progress. The pursuit of happiness has mutated into our national obsession with the end result of making us quite unhappy. Perhaps ironically, we Americans should heed the wisdom of two Brits who highlight the doomed-to-fail-project of the American obsession… Read more

Eugene Peterson on Whether We’re Tourists or Pilgrims

An excerpt from Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2000), pages 16-18. One aspect of the world [an atmosphere, a mood in opposition to the kingdom] that I have been able to identify as harmful to Christians is the assumption that anything worthwhile can be acquired at once. We assume that if something can be done at all, it can be done quickly and efficiently. Our attention spans have been conditioned by thirty-second commercials…. Read more

Wisdom from Thomas a Kempis’ Imitation of Christ

Below is most of the first chapter from Thomas à Kempis’ Imitation of Christ, a classic book in Christian spirituality. My favorite line is this: “Yet whoever wishes to understand fully the words of Christ must try to pattern his whole life on that of Christ.” We cannot really know Jesus unless our life takes the shape of the life of Christ. “Imitating Christ and Despising All Vanities on Earth ‘He who follows Me, walks not in darkness,’ says the Lord. John… Read more

Why Would They Do That?: Thoughts on the Permanent Changes to ESV Translation (Updated)

**Recent Update: Apparently the leadership of Crossway, the publishing house of the ESV, has come to its senses. They’ve recently decided to change course and make the ESV translation not-so-permanent. They write this on their website: In August 2016, we posted on our website that “the text of the ESV Bible will remain unchanged in all future editions printed and published by Crossway.”…We have become convinced that this decision was a mistake. We apologize for this and for any concern… Read more

Saved by One of Our Own

While explaining his understanding of the Atonement in Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis acknowledges the fact that the only way Jesus could serve as a substitute for sinners is if he was himself both God and man. He then addresses a common objection. He writes: I have heard some people complain that if Jesus was God as well as man, then His sufferings and death lose all value in their eyes, ‘because it must have been so easy for Him.’ Others… Read more

We’re All Going to Die: a light-hearted review and analysis of Ex Machina (2015)

Alex Garland’s Ex Machina is a smart, sci-fi thriller starring Domnhall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, and Alicia Vikander. Caleb (Domnhall Gleeson), a prodigious programmer is chosen by his employer Nathan (Oscar Isaac), the creator of Blue Book, the world’s most popular search engine, to administer a Turing test on an artificial intelligence prototype (played by Alicia Vikander). That prototype has a name, Ava, and she is the most advanced AI ever designed. She was secretly created by Nathan in his secluded… Read more

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