Truth and beauty in the Bible and theology, truth and beauty in literature, truth and beauty in history and culture (and movies are a crucial part of our culture) these will be the themes to which this blog will return time and again. My plan is to write posts and even series of posts on the Psalms, spirituality, interpretation of biblical passages and favorite authors such as Athanasius, Anselm of Canterbury, C. S. Lewis, Chesterton, Charles Williams, and Russell Kirk, theological perspectives on contemporary culture, and help for skeptics (Doubting Thomas is my favorite apostle). I invite you to join with me.
The advantage of such a distressing election year is that it gives us the opportunity for serious reflection. Realizing that our political system has reached a crisis point, we need to step back from the so-called debates over single issues and examine fundamental political questions. In this essay I propose to define the nature of government and then demonstrate the necessary consequences of that nature to political liberty. Read the rest of this entry »
Relativism’s denial of truth is clearly undercutting the educational mission of our schools and universities. However, the English author Charles Williams (1886-1945) portrays in his novels two subtler and interrelated dangers to the scholar who is not properly aligned to the truth. These dangers are dishonesty with regard to facts in his field and an inadequate motivation for his studies. Both represent a failure to love. Read the rest of this entry »
The lion and the lamb are two of the most important biblical images of Christ. Obviously, the lion depicts Christ’s power and the lamb his loving sacrifice for us sinners. Nevertheless, we fail to do justice to these images, if we do not see how the Bible relates them to one another. Two Christian novelists, C. S. Lewis and Charles Williams, can help us to grasp the profundity of the biblical portrayal of Christ as both lion and lamb or better be grasped by it. Read the rest of this entry »
A common misconception of the modern world is that one can separate technical training or the mastery of skills from moral formation. In this essay I will argue that good reading is not just a skill but is a moral or ethical act. Why that is so will lead us into issues concerning the nature of truth and the existence of God. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the consistent accusations against those who voted in favor of Brexit, the referendum on Great Britain leaving the European Union (EU), is that they are racists. The charge is based upon the facts that the great majority of those who voted for Brexit are white and many are motivated by an anti-immigrant bias, even animus. In contrast, the opponents of Brexit view themselves as tolerant, even welcoming, of racial differences.
The problem with the anti-Brexits’ racist charge is that it is inexact and self-serving. Read the rest of this entry »