A little over two weeks ago, we were in the subtle rolling hills of East Texas. Today we are surrounded by an odd mixture of Victorian Gothic and mid-century brutalist buildings, high rises and brownstones, European and Asian-Fusion restaurants, oceans of concrete and vast beautiful parks. Toronto is charming and inspiring. It’s like a shorter … Continue reading Seminary Update – 8.23.19
The philosophical task, then, is neither mere myth nor rational science. Philosophy inhabits the in-between of mythos and logos...
During Junior High youth group (5th-8th grade) this past Wednesday night, while casually eating dinner together, a student abruptly asked aloud "What and where is the soul?" What commenced was an exciting conversation in which 7th graders were asking questions regarding such topics as how the probability of infinite universes corresponds to the creation story … Continue reading Junior High Conversations
I just started reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for the first time this week. This is my initial plunge in the ‘Romantic Era’ of literature. I have to admit that my tendency to prefer the abstractions of philosophical jargon pull me in an anti-poetic direction sometimes and yet good literature always has a way of eluding … Continue reading The Myth of the Incarnation
Socrates refuses to reduce anything to mere parts of function– as mere banality, even speech – this is what I believe the Phaedrus is about.
[Note: I use ‘Episcopalian’ and ‘Anglican’ interchangeably because they are in fact interchangeable. Also, I acknowledge that the Charismatic church is not a unified communion in the same way that the Anglican communion is, but both resemble some form of ‘movement’ or ‘tradition’ and my encounter with their particular congregations makes them comparable. I am also … Continue reading From Charismatic to Episcopalian
The following is the first of four posts in which I will be exploring the question, “What is secularism?”. A few weeks ago, I was eating tacos and having a dialogue with a dear friend when the topic arose of Christian worship in an age of secularism. “You and David always talk about … Continue reading “What is Secularism?” Pt. 1: The Ontology of Violence and the Nation State
Morning is darker than night. As we awake, we arrive yet again into an unsatisfying world. A world of eternal finality- perpetual death. The fantastic escape afforded us by our dreams has come to a violent end. We are still here. Here to face the pain and anxiety of life once again. Every morning we … Continue reading Morning Prayer as Rebellion
Christianity, Temporality & History Henri de Lubac, in his book Catholicism, contrasts the role of time in pre-Christian religious history with that of early Christianity, denoted by the Fathers of the Church. For de Lubac, religious movements until and even following the birth of Christianity have often been characterized by “individualist doctrines of escape.” Following the … Continue reading Henri de Lubac’s Incarnational Time
[This post was written following election week for my brother's blog] After Trump won the Presidential Election (God, help us all), I was surprised by my Facebook feed. It was so…boring. Granted, every single post was election-related, which was expected, but nevertheless, I. Was. So. Bored. Why? This: “Guys, let’s just all remember that no … Continue reading Christian Optimism is Boring