Few works of art have gripped me over the years, and accompanied me through the vicissitudes of life, more than the 1513 engraving by Albrecht Dürer, Ritter, Tod, und Teufel (Knight, Death, and the Devil). Although I cannot recall if I ever saw the original in the Dürer Haus in Nürnberg, I know I have seen copies in … Continue reading Knight, Death, and The Devil: Christian Faith & the Virtue of Single-Mindedness
15 From my youth I have suffered and been close to death; I have borne your terrors and am in despair.16 Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me.17 All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me.18 You have taken from me friend and neighbor— darkness is my closest friend. Psalm 88, a song of Heman the Ezrahite The Problem … Continue reading Epiphanies and The Problem of Pain
This is a longer lecture on Social Justice and the Church, given at Living Truth Christian Fellowship in Corona. In this lecture I try and hone in on some likely philosophical and metaphysical assumptions of contemporary Social Justice movements in order to help discern secular forms of Social Justice from more biblical forms of Justice. … Continue reading Social Justice and The Church – Part II
"For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:5 Can we be good without God? So it has been asked throughout the ages, or at least for a long, long time. At least since Lucretius, and probably Epicurus … Continue reading Can We “Be” Good without God?
"But let justice flow like water, and righteousness, like an unfailing stream." - Amos 5:4 The conversation in the evangelical Church right now concerning social justice movements and intersectionality is inescapable. Thus, it seems appropriate to take a quick detour from our metaphysical exploration of the kinds of things human beings worship, to provide an excursus … Continue reading Excursus: 10 Questions Christians Should Ask Themselves Before Engaging in Social Justice