In Huxley's dystopian novel, Brave New World, sex has been completely removed from any traditional constraints. Sex literally has nothing to do with procreation or love. In fact, these things are seen as dangerous, backward, and uncivilized. Sex must be love-less, child-less, and meaning-less. Children are taught to experiment from a very young age in … Continue reading Sex at the End of the World
Two weeks. Based on the President's press conference yesterday, it seems that we can count on at least four more. I hope he's right. People are already stir crazy. As the weather gets nicer across the country, it is going to be harder and harder to convince people to stay at home. Also, one of … Continue reading day 14
A quick update. As many of you know, Ozark Christian College has generously offered me a sabbatical from this June to December. I have several personal and professional goals for the sabbatical, but I have two primary purposes. First, the sabbatical will allow me the time and space to finish my dissertation. My intent is … Continue reading sabbatical
Following tangents and rabbit trails is one of my favorite teaching methods. Those seem to be the moments when everyone - including the professor - perk up a little bit from their PowerPoint induced malaise. In a recent class I got side tracked by a conversation about movies. We were talking about how movies are … Continue reading a movie for each generation
"I never discuss anything except politics and religion. There is nothing else to discuss." - G.K. Chesterton Some of you reading this might be inclined to agree with Chesterton. "Yes! Nothing else matters in the way that religion and politics matter. So why waste your time talking about anything else?" You may be right. But … Continue reading let’s talk about politics and religion
What is the purpose of an institution? What is the purpose of a college, of a church, of a business, of a government, of a family, of a community organization? Why do institutions exist? Transformative Model Like most things, it depends on who you ask. Some would say that institutions exist to affect or preserve the … Continue reading why do institutions exist?