The hardest thing about doing philosophy is certainly not reading books and thinking. By far the most difficult is understanding the fault lines that make up the world of professional philosophy and finding one’s place within it. It’s not uncommon to shift between styles as one goes through the first few years of training; [...]
Consider the brief “history” of atheism as outlined in a recent post by a member of an atheist group in Tucson, Arizona. Here history is construed as the presentation of facts across time; to tell the history of atheism quickly all that is required are the names, dates, and arguments of various figures [...]
I like Christianity Today. I’m a subscriber. I’ve also written for them — several times if you count Books and Culture. I have several friends and acquaintances who are current or former CT staffers. All that to say, I’ve been impressed enough times with the quality of work that Christianity Today produces that [...]
If you’re reading this blog, chances are you know someone who has de-converted from Christianity or lost their faith in some way. It’s also pretty likely that this person has cited science as a catalyst for that rejection: they finally had a serious encounter with Darwin in college, started reading Richard Dawkins, [...]
I am a Bostonian. I was born here, have lived here my whole life excepting a few excursions, and with those interludes behind me, I intend to stay here. Boston is my home.
On Monday, April 15, Patriots Day here in Massachusetts, when the Boston Marathon was in full swing I was at home just [...]
I was keenly interested in Kathryn Joyce’s The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption, a book about the evangelical adoption trend and the industry it’s driving, from the moment I heard about it. My own evangelical parents adopted two children from Haiti, and I had just read [...]
The marriage battle is over and everybody knows it, even Maggie Gallagher, even World, which nevertheless just dedicated part of a cover package to a small group of young evangelicals who have vowed to keep fighting. The dispersal of the troops continues to be a fascinating thing to watch, mostly [...]
Ta-Nehisi Coates, amid his first trip to France after a couple of years of studying French, recently wondered what we expect when we teach foreign languages prior to college. Almost no one reaches a level where their foreign language is practically useful. So are kids wasting their time? Should [...]
Sometimes you realize you need to give a serious response to things that are wrong on the internet, and sometimes you realize all that needs to be said is: isn’t that the worst?
I can summarize the argument of this pointlessly long article in one sentence: In [...]
This week’s DOMA hearings have prompted the Evangelical blogbuddies to gird their loins and defend the ranks of the faithful few; that is, those who have not “rejected the faith of historic, orthodox Christianity,” even when all others (including many apparently poser-Christians) just didn’t have the stamina. Joe Carter, blogger for the Gospel Coalition, has [...]
As an object lesson for the Introduction to Media Studies class that I teach, I selected a video news story at random from CNN.com a few weeks ago. I didn’t offer any context for the video besides that I, too, was seeing it for the first time, and that it would be a [...]
Every once in a while, when I tire of reading the Internet (it never ends) and feel like spending money on paper publications that I will eventually throw away or lose, I go to my local newsstand and I purchase two magazines: Geez and First Things.
I’ve always had go-to magazines; [...]
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