The SCOTUS Option

“A better system will not automatically ensure a better life, in fact the opposite is true: only by creating a better life can a better system be developed.” – Vaclav Havel “What is a moderate interpretation of the text? Halfway between what it really means and what you’d like it to mean?” – Justice Scalia…

Notes and Musings After Reading ‘Desiring the Kingdom’

Desiring The Kingdom: notes and musings Overall Score: 3/5 (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/43877739-jon-beadle) Italics = my thoughts Introduction: The life of the mind is a study that is very concerned with Christian higher education – a decidedly modern approach to education.  – 17 Thesis: ” [Desiring the Kingdom is] an invitation to re-vision Christian education as a formative…

The Scandalous Apostle Paul

Context is everything with Paul’s letters; otherwise it can easily turn into a minefield, by which one can never easily traverse the ground. The letters are difficult, direct, and historically rooted in a culture completely foreign to our own. With this in mind, I’m stunned by the level of arrogance we often argue from their…

Dystopian Fiction

What is the purpose of dystopian fiction? I’ve been reading some fiction in the category of “dystopian.” It is the opposite of “utopia,” and is usually associated with a future that is grim, violent, and repressive. You can find the chaos of this genre in books such as Hunger Games, more recently, and more famously,…

Christian Nonviolence Is The Strong Position

Christian nonviolence is not the “weak” position. It is, in fact, along with Just-War Theory, a historically “Christian” practice. It is not weak because in the face of terror and violence, there is the image of God, maintained by the resolve of the peacemaker, and therefore bearing witness towards the one who decides to pervert…