Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Severely Conflicted Preacher

The last few years, as a layperson, I have had the opportunity and privilege to fill-a-pulpit for two small churches. I say "fill-a-pulpit" because it is the question, "Do I preach?" that I want to consider. What does it mean to preach? What is needed to succeed in proclaiming Christ, the Gospel, the Good News? What conditions must be met for someone to say in all honesty, "I proclaim Christ."

Monday, February 23, 2015

An Education In Virtue

"But I take it...what we have in mind is education from childhood in virtue, a training which produces a keen desire to become a perfect citizen..." from Plato's Laws I (643e)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Historicism and Literalism: Strange Bedfellows

For some time I have been considering the thesis that both historicism and literalism emphasize the historical in such a way that said emphasis creates a barrier to significance for each, but in different ways. For this post I will limit my considerations to how this common emphasis is exemplified within Christianity; however, a similar critique may be applicable elsewhere.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Epistemic Humility as a Sign of Faith

In her recent op-ed article in The New York Times entitled "Doubt as a Sign of Faith," Julia Baird begins with, "Certainty is so often overrated" (see article here). I could not agree more with the general point of this article. If there is one conversation I would like to see carried out it is the one she is addressing. I think a lot of work towards good can be accomplished by a robust conversation, in the general public, concerning the relationship between faith and certainty. However...