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January 18, 2019
How the Left Gave Us “Toxic Masculinity”
Complaints about "toxic masculinity" often come across as complaints about "masculinity." The Gillette ad on...
January 11, 2019
Psychologists on Vocation
Even secularists today are talking about the importance of having a sense of "calling"; that...
October 12, 2018
Depression is enormously common. So are other mental travails. Christians who are going through the...
September 21, 2018
Are Adults Still Responsible for What They Did as Minors?
The Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh is in jeopardy after accusations that when...
September 17, 2018
The Unattainable Perfectionism of Millennials
The young adults of the Millennial generation are showing a higher rate of mental problems...
September 07, 2018
The Beliefs of Sexual-Abusive Priests
How could Catholic priests, leaders of a church with some of the highest standards of...
August 03, 2018
The Human Face & the Face of God
Have you noticed in a bookstore how so many book covers today depict a character's...
July 25, 2018
The Paranoid Style in American Politics
Historian Andrew J. Bacevich warns us against slipping into "the paranoid style in American politics." ...
July 16, 2018
Facebook and Religion
Trevor Sutton, a pastor and the co-author with me of Authentic Christianity, has been studying...
June 18, 2018
Kansas City BBQ & Anthony Bourdain
I recently wrote a post called My BBQ Pilgrimage about my five days in Texas visiting acclaimed...
June 15, 2018
“Nones” Have Religious Beliefs, but No Community
Of the 23% of Americans who are "nones," claiming no religious affiliation, a great many...
June 14, 2018
The Christian’s Identity
In this era of "identity politics," we would do well to read what the Bible...
June 11, 2018
The Suicide’s Question
TV bon vivant Anthony Bourdaine committed suicide last week, just days after fashion mogul Kate...
May 31, 2018
Designing Rituals for Secularists
Human beings seem to have a need for rituals at some level. Religions are traditionally...
May 29, 2018
What Happens When Mind, Soul, & Body Go in Different Directions
Love in the Ruins (1972) is a dark, comic, disturbing, and yet profoundly Christian novel...
May 22, 2018
Why Would a High School Kid Shoot His Classmates?
We had yet another high school shooting, with 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis in Santa Fe, Texas, prowling...
May 11, 2018
The “Incels” and the Right to Sex
Last month a man in Toronto drove his car into a crowd of people, killing...
May 09, 2018
How Religious Success Can Threaten Faith
Eric Voegelin (1901-1985) is a thinker I want to look into more, writing as...
May 08, 2018
God and the Different Kinds of Despair
There are all kinds of negative emotions. Not all of them are morally or spiritually...
May 07, 2018
Another Look at How Fathers Influence Their Children’s Churchgoing
Nathan Rinne, who blogs with Jordan Cooper at Just and Sinner here at Patheos, discusses...
May 03, 2018
All the Lonely People, Where Do They All Come From?
Most Americans are lonely, according to a new study. And, contrary to what we might...
April 27, 2018
The Consequences of Gendercide in China and India
China and India have been practicing gendercide--that is, the systematic abortion of female babies--for decades. ...
April 26, 2018
Is Being “Spiritual” as Beneficial as Being “Religious”?
An increasing number of Americans say that they are "spiritual but not religious." That is,...
April 13, 2018
How Social Media Is Designed Around Sin
Trevor Sutton, my co-author of Authentic Christianity, has written a fascinating article entitled Social Media...
April 12, 2018
How You Are Being Psychologically Profiled by Your “Likes”
Facebook is getting hit hard in the fallout over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which...
April 10, 2018
“The Pleasure of Boredom”
Boredom has been described as one of the major spiritual problems of our time. The...
March 27, 2018
I, Thou vs. I, It
Years ago, I read the book I and Thou by the Jewish theologian Martin Buber. ...
March 19, 2018
Religion Is For Those in Need
The 10 happiest countries one earth are among the least religious; conversely, the 10 least...
March 19, 2018
Melding Politics, Social Media, & Psychological Warfare
Cambridge Analytica is a British data firm that harvested information about 50,000,000 users on Facebook. ...
March 13, 2018
The Self and the Fear of Death
Buddhist monks believe that the self is an illusion. Though the unenlightened become reincarnated into...
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