Amanda Gorman is an extremely accomplished poet. She was the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate. She published her first book of poetry at the age of 17, and in 2021, she delivered one of her poems at the inauguration of President Biden. At a time when serious poets don't generally become … Continue reading The Impossibility of Empathy
In 2017, Damon Young wrote an article titled "Straight Black Men are the White People of Black People." In it he argued that straight black men enjoy the same type of privilege over black women that white people enjoy over black men. This privilege is something that needs to be recognized and rejected by black … Continue reading critical race theory: check box identity
John Calvin famously called human nature an "idol factory." This seems to be self-evidently true. We are always creating for ourselves objects or ideas to venerate. If that's true, then it is also true that we are always creating for ourselves new religions. A religion, to put it very simply, is a set of beliefs … Continue reading religion and cancel culture
Last week I suddenly found myself mad online. It may be the quintessential 21st century emotion. Something will "randomly" appear on your social media platform which causes almost an immediate, negative reaction. This reaction generates a click, which generates a hot take, which generates even more clicks. There is a Henry Ford level of efficiency … Continue reading on razor’s edge
I've had many conversations in the last few weeks about "social justice." Some of these conversations were brought about by the recent Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel. There are things I liked about the statement. There are things I didn't like. I generally wonder about the purpose or effectiveness of such statements. I've … Continue reading affirmations and questions about social justice
As far as biblical words go, ἄνθρωπος (anthropos) was never a particularly controversial one. It is a rather generic word that appears almost 550 times in the Greek New Testament. This word has given us notable English words like "anthropology" and "anthropomorphic," but it never really gave us much drama or intrigue until 2011. It's … Continue reading are those your niblings or are they your siblings from your piblings?
"What do you think of Jordan Peterson?" Over the past year I've been asked that question by a surprising number of people. Friends, students, colleagues, believers, atheists, conservatives, and progressives - he's captured the attention and the imagination of a lot of folk. I was even asked by a high school student this summer in … Continue reading pronouns
First a story. Tara and I went on a cruise about a year ago. Anyone who has ever been on a cruise will tell you that there are a few things that are never in short supply on the boat: buffets, drunks, drunks at buffets, and mediocre entertainment. While on this cruise, one of the … Continue reading turning coitus into koinos