When Villate sent me her post on chapter 2, she also sent this question:  I enjoy a particular brand of  heavy metal music. Plantinga and those who stand for a single-minded drive toward sanctification would see this music as “worldly,” not of God and corrupt. Plantinga might say it serves to make me spiritually unhygienic. Nevertheless, I can distinguish between the carnal [...]

Commitment makes you fragile.

Almost a year ago I took a retreat to consider what I was up against starting this crazy get-an-MBA-and-start-a-business life. I decided that I had four priorities and everything else had to go. On and off French language study from the last two decades?  Dropped. Complicated knitting projects? No. Allowing yourself to leave a commitment is often essential to strengthening [...]

In about a month, 1Q84 will join Not The Way It’s Supposed to Be on my attentive reading list for the year.  I’m not sure there will be a post for every line on the reading schedule, but that is where I will be if you would like to read along or be ready with a guest post / posting on [...]

Plantinga’s argument in Not the Way I’ts Supposed to Be is that we know that something is off. We know that the world, while not unreal, is closer to a fun-house mirror than reality. As discussed last week, if this instinct is called conscience then the argument drives the definition of sin toward ethics.  A solution to this is to label sin [...]

Aaron has a particular agitation about circular arguments in theology.  He sat down for our discussion of chapter 1 of Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be repeating an argument he had already made via email.  “Sin is anti-shalom and shalom is the absence of sin?  This is like saying 2 plus 2 is 4, and then you take away [...]

Prozac Nation came out at the end of my first year in college. Kurt Cobain killed himself the next year. Today seems completely disconnected from that time, but here is Elizabeth Wurtzel still writing the same thing at 45. Here are the suicides of David Foster Wallace and Aaron Swartz. According to Wurtzel the reader is a cliche and she [...]

Last night Aaron had fallen asleep on the couch of the most disgusting Embassy Suites in America. Now the sun had been up a couple of hours and he hadn’t made a sound. I had been certain for about a week that something was going to prevent me from getting on my cruise ship that afternoon, and I started to [...]

Writing About a Book is a Gift

The first Christmas at college I gave editions of Krishnamurti to every relative I knew. A story so common and obnoxious it does not even require description. This is what people do when they give books isn’t it? Demand attention toward the book for some purpose. Demand attention toward a book because you liked to read it. It’s even worse [...]

“Remember when all the #NRA guys said that Travon Martin would still be alive if he’d had a concealed 9mm? Me neither.” -John Fugelsang That’s a year in a tweet right there. The top 10 headlines of year, compiled by Time on the 12th of December–before Sandy Hook, before the NRA press conference, before the tweet–are no picnic either. Somehow, [...]