Academic Librarianship and Contemplative Reading

This week, Vol. 66, Issue 1 of The Christian Librarian was released. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal includes an article I wrote on ways academic librarians can foster contemplative reading. Titled,…

Is OpenAI Building Something Dangerous?

We naturally want to know that OpenAI, the $90 billion company behind ChatGPT, isn’t inadvertently building a doomsday machine. But it’s hard to feel reassured when Sam Altman’s method for alleviating fears…

Virtue and Emotion

One of the worst misunderstandings of modern Christianity is the legalistic reduction of virtue to mere action. In the historic classical tradition, virtue was understood to be about having correct dispositions, and…

Beauty Filters and Augmented Reality

In a feature article for Salvo 60, I shared a strange experience I had in 2016 when visiting a favorite park with my children. The park was unusually populated with visitors who were “seeing” creatures…

Assessing Brother Nathanael’s Reliability

In my earlier post, “Assessing Brother Nathanael’s Racial Political Theories” I mentioned that I have been receiving inquiries about Nathanael Kapner, an online influencer who goes by the name “Brother Nathanael.” These…

Assessing Brother Nathanael’s Racial Political Theories

Since 2017, I have been receiving inquiries about what I think of the preacher of hate known as “Brother Nathanael.” An internet celebrity whose popularity has mushroomed since 2020, Brother Nathanael now…

Gratitude is an Emotion and a Skill

How can we cultivate the virtue of gratitude when it is lacking? Can a person train themselves to actually feel grateful? Is gratitude even a feeling, or is it an act of the will.…

Bishop Barron on the True Nature of Freedom

In a talk at the Alliance for Responsible Citizenship last week, Bishop Robert Barron showed how issues of theological metaphysics (is God’s freedom ordered to his own goodness or radically contingent?) impacts…

Something Wicked Coming to a Classroom Near You

In my Salvo Column I have reported on how Walmart, GM, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and many other powerful interests, are using the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) to funnel…

Why “Nous” is Difficult to Translate, and Why it Matters

Anyone who has been involved in Orthodoxy in America will likely have seen much discourse (often polemical in nature) about the “nous.” In fact, the nous plays a pivotal role in anti-western…

Touchstone Conference 2023

I just got back from working at the 2023 Touchstone Conference, where we heard from Rod Dreher, Ken Myers, Brad Littlejohn, Rusty Reno, Douglas Farrow, Adam Macleod, Thomas Buchanan, and R.V. Young.…

Ordered Goodness and the Logos

From my recent book Rediscovering the Goodness of Creation: A Manual for Recovering Gnostics Clearly, as believers we cannot embrace the givenness of things if we do not perceive the world in…


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