Goodness, God and Insights from The Man in the High Castle and Alasdair MacIntyre

Imagining a Natural World Full of Good PeopleLast month I wrote about my faith that all people are created in the image of God which means all persons not only possess inherent worth and value, but also that no one truly is without God in their lives.  Certainly, all people are broken, but no one […]

Thoughts on How We Talk About Religion, Specifically Christianity and Islam

I’ve been continuing to see stories about, and to have discussions about, President Obama’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast.  It certainly hit a nerve with a lot of people.  I shared a few thoughts last week.  A good friend helped me see why more people were offended, something I missed before.  Plus, even as […]

After Virtue by Alasdair Macintyre (Review)

In my twenties I read a lot of books.  I was in seminary, reading assigned readings, and then I was starting out in ministry reading books on leadership and spiritual formation and the like.  Over time I began to notice some authors were referenced in numerous books I was reading.  Now in my thirties, it […]

Unclean by Richard Beck (Review)

Would you drink a bottle of wine if there was a drop of urine in it? Why do we tend to assume that a tiny amount of impurity taints a huge amount of purity? Is there a deeper meaning to this “disgust” that we experience? Where does it come from? These are some of the […]

God or Godless: Review

There is a memorable scene early in the classic book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, during which Arthur Dent is told that his house is to be demolished to make way for a freeway.  Arthur is upset, though he is told the plans have been on file for quite a while had he wanted […]

The Walking Dead, Our New Obsession

Emily and I don’t watch that much television.  Without any sort of cable tv or antennae, we limit ourselves to whatever is available on Netflix as well as a few shows on Hulu (The Office and 30 Rock).  Last spring when we were looking for something to watch on Netflix I noticed The Walking Dead. […]

Moral Therapeutic Deism – You Lost Me (A Sidebar)

I’ve been slowly blogging through David Kinnaman’s book You Lost Me which analyzes the reasons why so many young people either wander away from faith completely, put faith on hold for a time, or feel disconnected to faith while still being in the church.  One of the reasons given is that Christian faith is shallow. […]

A Typical Question about “Good” (Listening to the Saints – Aquinas)

Is something good because God says so? Or does God say something good because it is? This is a common question asked by all sorts of people.  I have had discussions about it on campus with students and driving in the car with friends. If you say the second one is true then you are […]

When Atheists sound like Prophets…and Jesus?

I just finished a book called Suspicion and Faith: The Religious Uses of Modern Atheism by Merold Westphal. The author argues that rather than simply seeking to refute the atheistic criticisms of religion of Freud, Marx and Nietzsche, Christians should realize that much of what they say may ring true. If we know our scripture, […]