Philosophy

Lutheran susceptibility to memes: “Use” of the Law

[Written January 2016 as an extended sidebar to this piece; published February 2017; not polished; sort of ends abruptly] Same ...
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Technopoly’s Reverence for Statistics and Polls

From Neil Postman's Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology (New York: Vintage Books/Random House, 1993); Chapter 8, "Invisible Technologies." ...
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Beauty, The Churches of Peace, and What We Build Instead

The Silesian Churches of Peace The above is a friend's response on seeing some pictures of the "Churches of Peace." Never ...
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Who uses the Law, God or Man?

[Related: "Mathew Block, the Formula of Concord, and more on who's using the using"] In the contemporary debate regarding the three ...
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Luther on the two kinds of righteousness in Great Galatians

Maybe you're a Lutheran who doesn't much like the idea of a "two kinds of righteousness" paradigm. That's fine— I'm ...
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Should Christian Couples Use Contraception? What the Bible, the Church’s Witness, and Natural Law Have to Say about Birth Control

"Unfortunately, it seems like most Christians either fall into the trap of either ignoring what the Scriptures say about the ...
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Social media, universal human insanity, and loving your neighbor

"What other people say about you is none of your business." Once upon a time in college, a wise friend ...
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“When will the Gospel Drop?” A brief reflection on Lutheran preaching clichés.

Whether one skims their endings or peruses his sermons in their entirety, one is hard pressed to read the sermons ...
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Risks of Living in the Gomorrah-Camelot Greater Metro-area

Two scans, some photo stitching, and about an hour of airbrushing later, it's done. The above image is the 10.5" ...
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Monarchy, Confederacy, and the Failed American Experiment

I don't frequent discussions of politics these days, although I used to be (or at least imagined myself to be) ...
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What is the “New Man”?

"[W]e speak of such faith as is not an idle thought, but of that which liberates from death and produces ...
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The popular, but flawed, interpretation of Luther’s “simul” doctrine

(NB: I've been working on a more formal article on Martin Luther's use of the phrase "simul iustus et peccator" ...
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Some thoughts on existentialism and reason in theology + Meditation XXXVIII by Gerhard

Nota Bene: What follows is sort of a diatribe. If you clicked on this link because you want to read ...
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John Jeremiah Sullivan: “Christian rock is a musical genre…that has excellence-proofed itself.”

Wikimusic Frank Hart 09-26-13 from FiveTwo on Vimeo. Quoting John Jeremiah Sullivan; starting in medias res... For their encore, Jars ...
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John Henry Newman: “The Bearing of Theology on Other Branches of Knowledge”; The Idea of a University; Discourse III, Pars vii

"The Bearing of Theology on Other Branches of Knowledge"; The Idea of a University; Discourse III, Pars vii: Now what ...
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Cartesian States of America: Alexis de Tocqueville on the philosophic habits of Americans

From Democracy in America (Alexis de Tocqueville, trans. Harvey Mansfield & Delba Winthrop; University of Chicago Press: 2000), p. 403: I think ...
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Concupiscence and the Myth of “Straight” Sexuality

I wish to offer some thoughts on the topic of homosexual desire from a Christian perspective. I am no expert ...
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My Music Video Picks

"The purpose of art is to impose order upon experience." -- one of my college professors. The following music videos ...
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Liturgy of Canonical Albums

Here are 160 albums that I consider to be important in my own personal music-listening history thus far. <-- There ...
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“The Tyranny of the Middle” vs. “The Idolatry of Better”: a reader’s response to Mrs. Mussmann

I love the article, Anna, as well as the emendation to charity that graces the combox (just noticed the latter) ...
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“THAT’S a Unicorn!” Philosophy, theology, and the reduction of untruth, Part I

"THAT'S a Unicorn!" I'll never forget the moment in my Intro to Philosophy course at Hillsdale College when Dr. Stephens eviscerated ...
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Taking my pet heresies for a walk: assurance of salvation

"I have never been so far in my life, and am never likely to get farther than to the point ...
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The beauty of the ordinary and the red herring of originality: from Life is a Miracle, by Wendell Berry

"As a norm of expectation or ambition, then, heroic discovery is potentially ruinous, and maybe insane. It is one of ...
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Modern Blues: Wendell Berry on “the so-called identity crisis”

The following is an excerpt from Wendell Berry's superb essay "The Body and the Earth," originally published in his seminal ...
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Alfred Lord Tennyson, “Supposed Confessions of a Second-rate Sensitive Mind”

Oh God! my God! have mercy now. I faint, I fall. Men say that thou Didst die for me, for ...
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Donnybrooking: “Armadillos, an Assistant Principal, and Rod Dreher”

Originally posted here. Donnybrooking is a blog that I have contributed to, off and on, for about three years, along with some ...
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VIDEO: “The Mysticism of Small Things: Recognizing the Eternal in the Objects and Events of Every Day”

This is for those of you who loved the last post, "The Writer," by Richard Wilbur, especially Seth and Anna, ...
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Oh, the cleverness of me…

...when I was a freshman in college. Or so I thought. I've posted things from my college days before -- ...
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Dear Robert on Romance

Sometimes my dear friend Robert lets his half of the correspondence be published. Here's Robert on the topic of Romance ...
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Modernism’s Dilemma

From “The Genesis of a Mood,” introduction to The Modern Temper, by Joseph Wood Krutch (1929); emphases mine: The structures which ...
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Partitive Gerundive 1

"But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away... "For now ...
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The Decent

Image by Paul Burnett Oh, the decent souls among us, The whimsical-natured, You who gesture deliberation And gaze grace -- ...
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“The Romance of Domesticity,” by Dr. Nathan Schlueter

It is my honor to present to you a piece written by a former professor of mine, Dr. Nathan Schlueter ...
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Responsibility

A follow-up post to: Inefficacious Suffering on Pennsylvania Avenue I don't think there was anything particularly admirable about my actions ...
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