December 17, 2017

All to no end…save beauty, the eternal

The crowd at the ball game is moved uniformly by a spirit of uselessness which delights them, all the exciting detail of the chase and the escape, the error the flash of genius, all to no end save beauty the eternal – -William Carlos Williams, “The Crowd At The Baseball Game” Monday morning, as we […]

Christian Humanism: The Knowledge of God and of Ourselves

Let’s catch up. Several weeks ago, I shared with my readers that I was tossing the label of Calvinist. I said I would always describe myself as a “Reformation Christian” because I share- broadly- the commitments of the mainstream reformers in regard to issues of faith and church. While still a credobaptist, I do believe […]

In the Classroom: Three Stories, Othello and A Christian Approach To Literature

In my AP English IV class, one of my most difficult tasks is teaching students how to read, think and analyze literature as Christians. There are several reasons for the resistance. Laziness. A feeling that the classics are irrelevant. Senioritis. (A very real disease) And one that concerns me most of all: the belief that […]

Christian Humanism: Beginnings

When it comes to ultimate reality and our humanity, there are really very few options. If there is no God, there is no such thing as the “human” in the classically Judeo-Christian sense. There is an existential human, thrown into existence and forced to determine his own identity by choices that are, ultimately, absurd. There […]