Category philosophy

On Scribbles and False Beliefs: Are They Beautiful?

In my Christmas letter, I made the point that we should value a person’s false beliefs in much the same way I appreciate the scribbled art my kids offer to me. I am not saying that false ideas are beautiful or intrinsically valuable when abstracted from their owner.  Surely not.  The woman’s claim that her […]

ISIS: A Reflection

I’ve been doing some thinking recently about the ISIS crisis, and specifically the plight of Christians watching their children being beheaded.  I’m expecting many pro-life groups will want to comment and “put this in perspective” and start talking numbers.  “A few kids being killed in Iraq is bad, but abortion is badder,” is essentially the […]

Autumn in the Sovereign Zone

Timothy Brahm just posted an excellent essay on the “Sovereign Zone” version of the bodily rights defense of abortion at Evangelical Outpost.  Tim not only explains how we in the pro-life community have many times misunderstood common pro-choice slogans, recalibrates our listening ears, and gives a roadmap for responding, but he does so in a […]


While I was dragging my feet all over this hillside, my daughter wanted to know what I was writing.  When I said, “Humans matter more…,” she asked, “More than what?” We began discussing it.  She decided humans matter more than animals.  Then she said, “And humans and animals matter more than guns.”  And then she […]

"Wise Blood" by Flannery O’Connor – A Short Review

I finished Flannery O’Connor’s first novel, Wise Blood (1952), a few months ago and just now am finding time to post a word about it. I believe Wise Blood is among the most helpful refutations of one (or more) of the most pernicious intellectual and spiritual idea(s) plaguing common people and academics today.  But if […]

Are there answers to all those questions?

Check out this introduction to the Youth Apologetics Study Bible (I contributed two articles):

Relativism: Different Things to Different People

Do your conversations on abortion get stalled out when someone claims “Morals are relative”? I’ve just posted a four-page analysis, Creating Dialogue on Moral Relativism, that will help you keep things productive when relativism comes up. I’ve included a discussion of four different types of relativists and two sample dialogues.