Vanessa Otero’s Media Chart


I found Vanessa Otero's Complex vs, Clickbait, Liberal vs. Conservative Media Chart to be quite helpful. http://jerz.setonhill.edu/blog/2016/12/12/vanessa-oteros-media-complexclickbait-liberalconservative-chart/

“I think” versus “I feel”


I've noticed my students using "I feel" when expressing an opinion--they always used to say "I think." I'm a big fan of discussion in my classes--the kind where students read and annotate an article or paper, one that is difficult, but accessible with effort.  Then they discuss the article, from the...

Abraham, Issac and The Walking Dead Season Premiere


Of course I watched the season 7 premier of The Walking Dead to find out whose head got smashed with Lucille, in last season's finale.  I expected Abraham because he's too much of a soldier; Rick and company need to be vulnerable in the face of Negan.  I was also prepared for Glen...

Bad Theology in the “New” Doxology?


New doesn't necessarily mean improved. This is certainly the case for "The New Doxology" by Gateway Worship. The first verse of the new one is the same as that of the old one, but they've added a chorus. This recent fad of taking some of the greatest hymns of the Christian faith...

Christians Can’t Simply Be Conservative


Just the other day, I was listening to a pastor casually commenting on social issues, and underlying all his comments was the foundational belief that being Christian goes hand in hand with being conservative. I have been uncomfortable with this attitude since I was in high school and have been arguing...

Is Atheism a Religion?


I recently read an article in which the author insisted that public funds not go to support religious schools. The rhetoric in this article was very much in the "us" versus "them" vein. In essence, "their" views, that is those of the religious, are tainted with the irrational and divisive forces...

Ghetto and Good


Because I dabble in philosophical questions, I sometimes make comments that don't go down very well at parties: I suggested that I thought human beings are naturally evil.  There was some disagreement, and then all conversation, as it always does, turned to Donald Trump. There's quite a bit of evidence that human beings are...

Why Poland?


When we told people that we were going to Poland for our holiday this summer, they invariably asked, "Poland? Why Poland?" The main reason we wanted to go to Poland, I suppose, was because it's in Europe. My wife, Dani, and I love Europe. We love European history and culture,...

Why, in Africa, take-out is more expensive than eat-in.


In Africa, Take-Out is more expensive than Eating-In. Well, at least it is Yaoundé, Cameroon. My wife and I had just picked up some Take-Out Sushi. We were discussing if the tipping percentage should be different for Take-Out than for Eating-In. She then recalled that she always paid more for...

A Case for Infant Baptism (2)


I want to move from the scriptural support for the practice of infant baptism to some that is worldview related.  Mixed with these are some personal, perhaps even sentimental, considerations as to why I remain a paedobaptist. Believer baptism puts the offer of God's promises with the acceptance of same; infant baptism separates the offer...