From Routine to Ritual: Classroom Attendance


So I was thinking of a routine I might turn into a ritual, as per my last post.  I figured I'd allow the brushing of teeth to remain a routine for now. Attendance!  In every class, I take attendance.  This routine is so routine, there's probably no one who doesn't...

Turning Routines into Rituals


Both routines and rituals involve a regular repetition of some action. But they are very different. Routines will flatten our lives, but rituals can thicken them. Routines are like ordinary time and rituals are linked with "higher times." With a routine there is a clear, linear connection between the act and...

Poop Packages


Am I missing something, or are people complete idiots? We have decided that we don't want to have dog poop all over our community.  To this end we expect pet owners to bag the feces of their beloved canine, and dispose of it in a convenient garbage can.  If there is no...

There’s Meaning in the Mug


Do you choose to drink your morning coffee out of a Styrofoam cup? To cure the feeling that are lives are in some ways "flattened" we need a dose of objective Reality. We have this idea that meaning is in the mind--the individual mind. The logic being: It has to be, because it...

The Modern Malaise


Do you ever feel that life is a little flat? If you do, you are not alone according to Canadian philosopher, Charles Taylor.  He calls it "the modern malaise." Taylor says that the experience of living in a secular age is one of “flatness.”   This feeling comes about because of a new view of reality which affects...

Microwave Chicken Teriyaki Jesus


I really liked Bryan F. Hurlbutt's book Tasty Jesus. In it he asserts that Western Christianity holds to various cameos of Christ that aren't accurate. This is because we tend to reconfigure Jesus to suit our personal preferences. In order to make complex cultural and philosophical ideas accessible, Hurlbutt uses food...

Radical Individualism


This idea, that meaning resides in the individual human mind, has been a long time in development. We take it for granted and it is no longer considered a way of looking at reality, but the way reality is. It has not always been so; 500 years ago, meaning was...

YOLO: The Wisdom and the Folly


"YOLO" -- You may have heard a young person say this just before they do something stupid, or as an explanation as to why they did something stupid. It means "You Only Live Once." It suggests we ought to live for the present, as opposed to think too much about...

Hear Oh People, The Lord is Chronos


I began this series of posts suggesting that having a "Biblical" or "Christian" worldview meant much more than opposing abortion and gay marriage, or being generous with ones time and money (read more here).   I argued that these things make up a very small part of what we call our...

Sacred Memories


I have this sacred memory.  It was the summer of 2010.  The previous 4 years had been difficult.  But now I was in Rennes, France on my honeymoon.  While my wife was napping.  I went for a walk in the old town.  I sat down at an outdoor table on the cobbled...