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The Internet and Your Brain

I still remember the night that convinced me I finally needed to join the twenty-first century. I had just finished a long day helping as a judge for a debate tournament. By…

Dr Christopher Veniamin on Repentance

In the video below, Dr Christopher Veniamin discusses the Orthodox view of salvation and repentance. It’s pretty basic stuff, but often we need to be reminded of the basics. (For those who…

Mr. Rogers, Count Vronsky, and Classical Education

[perfectpullquote align=”right” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””][/perfectpullquote] Since writing my article ‘Fred Rogers vs. Oprah Winfrey,’ I got a chance to see Tom Hanks’ new film A Beautiful Day in the…

Rediscovering the Power of Resurrection for a Time of Implicit Gnosticism

This article is part of my ongoing series on Gnosticism. For a complete list of these articles, see ‘Full Links to Gnosticism Series.’ How Two Women Taught Me the Meaning of Resurrection…

Is Wikipedia an Acceptable Source for Research?

In one of the discussion boards for the Master’s in Information and Library Science that I’m taking, I was asked to comment on the following. Wikipedia is (or is not) an acceptable…

Porn and Human Trafficking in Spokane

On the surface, Spokane, Washington, seems like any other big city in the Pacific Northwest. Yet it is a city in the grip of a public health crisis. On February 23, 2019,…

The AI Apocalypse is Happening Right Now…but not in the way you think

I have to confess, I’m fascinated by artificial intelligence. My favorite TV show, Person of Interest, explores what happens when a machine develops human-like intelligence. I am currently watching through the entire…

Dull and Determined Effort

In my Touchstone article ‘The Cross of Least Resistance,’ I surveyed some scholarship by cultural anthropologists who have compared the different mindsets between Westerners and East Asians when it comes to success.…

Modernism, Postmodernism, and the Problem of Meta-ethics

Is it possible to infer values about what we ought to do from facts about how the world is? This question introduces a major problem within meta-ethics, which is how to philosophically…

America and the Collapse of Meta-Narratives

In the interview this summer with my twin brother Patrick, I talked about the breakdown of public discourse that inevitably follows the collapse of shared meta-narratives. In America today…the absence of shared traditions,…

Education’s Dual Purpose

From “Virtue and Classical Education: A Commencement Address to a Graduating Class.” Education should thus serve the dual purpose of cultivating dispositions attuned to what is good, true and beautiful in this…

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