I teach an introductory philosophy class. Don't tell my other classes, but it is my favorite. Two things that I repeat to my philosophy students are that 1) philosophy is relevant even though it may at times seem abstract or even absurd and 2) if you are going to do philosophy, you might be a … Continue reading What is a Woman?
One of my favorite arguments for God's existence comes from philosopher Peter Kreeft. It is his "argument from Bach." The music of Bach exists.This proves that there is a God.You either get this or you don't. Basically, Kreeft is making an aesthetic argument for God. There are certain things about the beauty of music like … Continue reading Baseball Exists. Therefore, God Exists.
Did you see the stunning pictures of Mars sent from the rover Perseverance? It was amazing to see in high definition pictures from the surface of another planet. It was, however, more of a technological wonder than an aesthetic wonder. The innovation needed to make the pictures possible was a lot more impressive than the … Continue reading life on mars
Like many of you, our family has enjoyed watching Wandavision on Disney+. It's quirky and weird and mostly good. Without getting into the specific details of the show, there was one particular line in the last episode that has resonated deeply with many people. What is grief if not love persevering? Coming from Paul Bettany, … Continue reading grief, love, and hope
On a recent Sunday morning I was missing church both physically and existentially. Rather than worship, I was sitting in a poorly lit, underground hotel conference room listening to a plenary session at the annual meeting of one of the major regional accrediting bodies for higher education in the United States. It was titillating, as … Continue reading how did we get here?
When I was in a preaching ministry in Illinois, I received in the mail a self-published book by some over-eager, biblical literalist arguing that Galileo and Copernicus and pretty much every other living human being with a grade school education for the last five hundred years were wrong. The earth, he breathlessly set about "proving," … Continue reading galileo was wrong
Remember those decoder glasses that you played with as a kid? They were just cheap cardboard glasses with colored cellophane lenses, but when paired with certain images they were able to make otherwise unseen images or words magically appear. Reading Nancy Pearcey always gives me the feeling of wearing these glasses as I'm trying to … Continue reading love thy body
In June 2016, America had a brief love affair with an affable, rotund, sweater-wearing power plant operator from Illinois named Ken Bone. It was the middle of an ugly, contentious campaign season. We were looking for any reason whatsoever to feel better about humanity. So when Ken Bone asked the presidential candidates during the second … Continue reading godfather problem: when everyone is a milkshake duck
**Just so there's no confusion, Bill Hybels is not Hitler.** I was recently doing some light reading on anti-natalism. If you don't know what that is, anti-natalism is a perky little philosophy that argues procreation is inherently bad and it would have been far better if none of us had ever been born. Therefore refraining … Continue reading godfather problem: learning arithmetic from hitler