Thank God I’m on the Good Side!

It’s very difficult to go through life without looking up to somebody, or a few “somebodies.” Mothers. Fathers. Grandparents. Teachers. Older Siblings. Friends. Mother Teresa for some, Albert Einstein for others. Inspiration is one name of the game. Somebody has to evoke that stimulation that “inspires” or drives us to do something, or be somebody…

“Communiodicy?”

My supervisor has coined the term “Ecclesiodicy” to describe the project to “justify one’s ecclesial community.” I wonder if “communiodicy” may also be true in a broader sense. When I say “I am this” it almost inevitably has to do with a community (real or imagined), whether that is farmers, academics, country-folk or urban dwellers.…

(1) This Election Reminds Me Why Everybody Hates Thinking

“Pennarun, an engineer at Google, has commented, that one of the things that makes smart people smart is their skill at such rationalization: “Smart people have a problem, especially (although not only) when you put them in large groups. That problem is an ability to convincingly rationalize nearly anything” – Alan Jacobs – How to…

(2) Thinking Is Hard

Ideas: Thinking Series Introduction: There are a lot of great and helpful ideas floating around in the world through the internet. Alinea’s Ideas Series brings interesting ideas to the foreground in brief articles. These aren’t our ideas, but are ideas that social scientists, psychologists, theologians, philosophers or scientists find useful to explain and understand the…