Sometimes I have random thoughts that I want to write down and develop a little bit, but they aren’t substantial enough to expand them into their own respective posts. So instead I’ve decided to put them together into one post. These do not necessarily relate to each other (unless somehow you, the reader, see some fantastical connection that I don’t). It’s possible that cognitively processing these little issues will help me sort them out so that I can develop them into more substantial articles in the future. Your thoughts or comments are welcome. Enjoy! Continue reading
What is truth? Truth is a property that adheres to a proposition (the content of a sentence) if and only if the proposition corresponds to reality as it actually is. Propositions, as truth bearers, can be either true or false but they are not facts. Facts are neither true nor false; they just are. Facts are the standards by which the veracity of propositions are adjudicated. Nor are propositions sentences, which one philosopher defines as “a linguistic object consisting in a sense perceptible string of markings formed according to a culturally arbitrary set of syntactical rules, a grammatically well-formed string of spoken or written scratchings/sounds.”  Sentences would not be possible without propositions, but the two should not be conflated. Continue reading
Anyone who follows politics knows that President Obama will be giving his annual State of the Union Address tonight (Tuesday, January 28th). After hearing through the social media grapevine what the President might talk about, and after doing a little research myself, I thought I would jot down a few preliminary thoughts about what President Obama is most likely going to emphasize in tonight’s speech. Continue reading
On November 5, 2013, Coloradans will be asked to vote on Amendment 66, a law that proposes to increase revenue for K-12 education by almost $1 billion by increasing the income tax rate. Amendment 66 is a part of a larger effort to overhaul public education in Colorado. It is related to SB 213, an amendment to the Colorado Public School Finance Act, which will go into effect if Amendment 66 is passed. SB 213 and CPSFA deal with funding individual schools while Amendment 66 determines funding for the state educational system as a whole. Both SB 213 and Amendment 66 ride on voters approving the amendment on November 5. Continue reading
I’ll try to make this short and sweet. Back in 2008-2009 when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA, aka “Obamacare”) was being debated across the country and in Congress, we were told of all the wonderful things that the law would do. This included:
- Making health care available for all. The law would bring millions of currently uninsured people onto a health care plan. These were people who could not afford the current plans on the open market (for various reasons).
- Making health care affordable for all. Proponents of the ACA promised that the law would bring down costs. This included wiping out restrictions on people with medical preconditions.
- Making health care quality better for all. The ACA required that health care providers offer basic plans with more provisions than plans currently on the market. This requirement applied whether you needed or wanted to pay for these health care provisions or not.
Christian, do you have doubts about your faith? Agnostic, are you not skeptical of Christian truth claims? Atheist, you disbelieve in God, don’t you? Doubt, skepticism, and unbelief are a part of life no matter what you believe or where you fall on the atheist-believer continuum. What are we to do when we face such questions that disturb us from our habitual and daily life patterns? Should we brush them to the side dismissively, bury them deep within in the hopes that they’ll never arise again, or seek to engage them? My goal in this article is to encourage the last of these options: to actively face and engage any doubt, skepticism, or unbelief you might have regarding issues of religious truth and knowledge. Continue reading
Disclaimer: I originally wrote this article the second week of September, right when the Syrian crisis was dominating news headlines and generating considerable debate and tension through the nation. I’ve put off publishing it until now for three reasons: (1) I hadn’t finished the last section and due to the start-up of the semester, I had other work to do; (2) I wanted to see how the conflict and possible U.S. involvement would unfold; and (3) I wanted to allow myself time to reflect on my words so that I didn’t say anything that was too hurried or brash.
The Syrian civil war began in March 2011 and has been raging for over two years. Most Americans have been aware that the conflict was going on, but until recently little attention or public debate was focused upon it. However, a little over three weeks ago [read: 7 weeks now], on August 21, there was reportedly a chemical attack upon the Syrian people and rebel groups by the Assad regime. Continue reading
This summer my fiancé and I have been preparing for our wedding, which will be in September. One aspect of our preparation has been reading through the workbook Before you Say “I Do”: A Marriage Preparation Manual for Couples. Admittedly, it was first published in the 1970s (reprinted in 1997), but generally I have found the content to be quite good and thought-provoking. However, in the chapter on “Love as a Basis for Marriage,” the authors make a distinction between three kinds of love Continue reading
Is life absurd?
For some people in this universe, this question has defined their life’s searchings, their writings, and their interactions with others. Can we know the answer to such a deep, penetrating, and existentially pungent question? Few answer no; most say yes we can know, but they differ as to the answer. Christians almost always answer the question by affirming that life is not absurd: that because God exists and we can know him, we have a reason for living and that life is intrinsically meaningful. Just about everybody lives this way, regardless of their worldview, life philosophy, or take on God. Even atheists, who deny the existence of God, still live as if life has meaning. Continue reading
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
― G.K. Chesterton
For some time now I have been thinking about articulating my philosophy for reading and building a personal library. I have been engaged in this lifestyle since the middle of college (2009), where my passion for reading matured and blossomed. Since coming to seminary two years ago, my personal library has exploded from a mere 75 or so books to well over 700. Seminary has opened up new worlds to explore and a seemingly endless list of books to read. I can’t get enough and there is no end in sight, which is good! However, reading so much and building a library is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor, and I have had to defend myself on more than one occasion. So here are my thoughts, which I hope will not only be a sufficient defense, but also spur you on to read and build your own library. Continue reading