Recently I had the opportunity to take part in a Facebook group discussing the soon-to-be released book by Ken Wytsma, The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege. The group was called “The Myth of Equality: An Honest Dialogue on Privilege.” As I read through a number of the author’s posts, and the subsequent conversations they spun off, I realized two things: first, that most of those who were part of the group and commenting were already predisposed toward the author’s perspective (which probably explains why they were interested in the group in the first place; full disclosure: I am not), and second, that those who disagreed were not well received. Predictably, the group became a mini groupthink, or, if we prefer modern parlance, an “echo chamber.” Continue reading “Beware of “Honest” Conversations”
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 “Random Thoughts: St. Augustine, Leadership, & Discrimination”
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 Taste of the Absurdity of Life Without God”
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 “For the Love of Reading”