You’re Invited! To My Birthday Argument!

Twins 6th birthday

My birthday is still about a week away, but my friends and I are celebrating tonight in the best way... with assigned reading and an argument. Two years ago, I got my friends to all watch Stephen Sondheim's Company and Passion, and then we had a symposium on the nature of love that spilled over onto the blog, with guest posts from some of you who watched at home. This year, I emailed everyone a collection of excerpts from the Friendship/Philia chapter of C.S. Lewis's The Four Loves and we're co … [Read more...]

“Just Treating Symptoms” can be a great approach

therapist couch

In a review of Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies, Jenny Diski is suspicious of CBT as a form of therapy.  She's concerned that it's focused on managing symptoms of distress, rather than causes, and that, ultimately, it's more focused on making mental illness bearable for bystanders than for the person who is ill.  She writes: CBT fulfils the authors' admirable desire for an improvement in mental health provision. It takes at most 20 sessions, often far fewer; it is so s … [Read more...]

Supporting Parent and Child in Extremis


At her own blog, Elizabeth Bruenig has weighed in on yesterday's discussion of the mother who abandoned her baby in a subway station, and she does an able job teasing out the two tangled questions: what the mother ought to do, and what the law should do in response.  (I'm selling it short by excerpting, so check out the whole thing) [T]he question then becomes when looking at legal tools: what kind of a world are we trying to create? But I think this question very often becomes confused w … [Read more...]

Getting Sucker Punched by Satan [Pope Francis Bookclub]


In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.In this week's chapter from Open Mind, Faithful Heart, Pope Francis is discussing the danger of punching down (in slightly more highfalutin language). For those experiencing tribulation, the great temptation is fatigue.  The constan … [Read more...]

A Bible for Reading, Not Studying

bible binding

I don't own any copy of the Bible that's particularly enjoyable to read.  I have a massive study edition from my days in Directed Studies, that's much too heavy to carry anywhere casually.  I could use any number of online Bible websites, but it's hard for me to give the text the kind of focus I'd like when I'm in a context I don't use for long, focused reading.  The place where I'm most likely to encounter scripture in a format I enjoy reading is in the selections incorporated into the Divine Of … [Read more...]

“Piddle Twiddle and Resolve!”

Happy Fourth of July! … [Read more...]

Bracing for an Intelligence Explosion [Guest Post]


While I’m on vacation in Ireland, I’ve invited Unequally Yoked readers to assemble a wunderkammer of guest posts on books, practices, ideas, etc that particularly delight them.  Claire began this series with her post on prayers following communion, K.Chen followed on the virtues of YouTube covers, Ben Conroy talked about how stories enchant us, and today's post is from James D. Miller, an associate professor of economics at Smith College and the author of Singularity Rising.Mankind is going t … [Read more...]