What does “good” look like to you?

In the Hidden Brain episode "Did That Really Happen?", Shankar Vidantan and his guest, psychologist Dr. Ayanna Thomas, talk about how unreliable our memories are, specifically regarding visual memory. We are remarkably susceptible to the power of suggestion. If someone tells us we wore a blue shirt on Christmas when we were 12, we are…

Religion and unity

How do we get people to come to the church and make them feel safe and still remind them that they suck and are headed to hell?Omar Abreu, on their experience as a queer attendee of Hillsong Church, quoted from VanityFair.com It's been a long time since I have been out of my childhood home,…

In-between thoughts: GameStop and body image

The "WTF" that is 2021 continues. I cannot stop reading about the GameStop Reddit nuttiness. I am officially addicted to Twitter for this story and this story takes only. It is the kind of weird and incredible story that is both absolutely hilarious and absolutely infuriating, for completely different but related reasons. It's exactly what…

What makes something good?

Recently, I read my way very slowly, carefully, and thoughtfully through R. Jay Wallace's (excellent) The View From Here: On Affirmation, Attachment, and the Limits of Regret. I credit my "slowly" in part to my overall commitment to reading for content, not number of books read (though I tend to honor that commitment with varying…

My goal for 2021: Rest

After an incredibly stressful 2020 (for non-COVID reasons, believe it or not!), anticipating an even more stressful semester for Spring 2021, after weeks of poor sleep (I cannot seem to get into Deep Sleep for the life of me), and after the incredibly insane, violent, and horrifying traitorous mob storming the Capitol last week, I…

The real American Experiment

Watching the events of Wednesday, January 6 unfold will forever be one of the defining "shocked" memories of my life as an American citizen. It joins the ranks of 9/11, waking up to the results of the 2016 presidential election, and learning about our country's practice of putting immigrant children in cages and separating them…

OHPT: Thoughts on Islamic Philosophical Theology (Chapter 25)

This was another survey chapter that could easily be it's own book. In fact, considering just how many overlaps there are between Islam and Christianity, I'm even more disappointed that the Oxford Handbook folks chose to over-represent the Christian philosophical theological tradition and way under-represent other equally rich traditions. But. I. Di. Gress. "Islamic Philosophical…