How De-humanizing Art Parodies the Sacramental Vision

Readers of this blog will know that I write quite a bit about art. One of the rewarding aspects of my latest project with Ancient Faith has been the opportunity to tie…

Lost in Thought

Zena Hitz published Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life to draw our attention back to the permanent things—to human activities that have intrinsic value for what they are, in…

Excessive Grief Over Failure is Not Sign of Piety

In Chapter 2 of my book Gratitude in Life’s Trenches, I discuss how spiritually unfruitful it is to beat ourselves up over our sin, or to engage in excessive grief and turmoil…

Steam-Power and Venting

From my article, “The Power of Complaining,” The notion that people need to vent in order to feel better was influenced by the age of steam power in the 19th and early…

Disclosure Culture Reaches New Heights

Last week our disclosure culture reached a new level of intensity. Shakira broke YouTube records with a Spanish-language song about how Gerard Piqué cheated on her. In just 24 hours, 63 million…

More Endorsements of Forthcoming Book

My forthcoming book, Rediscovering the Goodness of Creation: A Manual for Recovering Gnostics, continues to receive endorsements from scholars who have been shown advanced copies of the manuscript. Below are some of…

Remaining Tranquil

From The Mystical Marriage: Spiritual Life According to St. Maximos the Confessor, pp. 89-90 “We should be careful not to disturb or upset our relations with others, even a little. We should not…

My Debate With ChatGPT-3

This evening I went onto OpenAI’s ChatGPT-3 – the new public AI that is taking the world by storm because of its ability to imitate human thought, language, and creativity. I had…

Strange Reversals

I’m sorry to keep posting about politics, but things are becoming so interesting. There is no question that we are living in a transitional period politically, without a clear sense of how things…

“The Cathedral” by Auguste Rodin

One of my favorite artworks was made by the French artist, Auguste Rodin (1840–1917). His sculpture called “The Arc of the Covenant” or “The Cathedral,” shows two intertwined right hands gently touching…

Humanists Must Explain Why They Matter

The recent explosion in AI technology may force scholars working in the Humanities to retreat from their increasingly insular preoccupation with things like exploding metanarratives, deconstructing  authors’ race and sexuality, and their…

Letter to a Conspiracy Theorist

A friend recently wrote to me with some questions about conspiracy theories, in addition to offering push-back to a statement I made to the effect that I was uncomfortable with conspiracy theories.…