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What Is A Better Argument? | Reflections & Notes

June 29, 2018

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Reflections I am deeply concerned for this moment in our nation’s history for numerous reasons, including–but not limited to–losing our moral center, damaging any credibility and trust we have established in the world, prioritizing short-term power at the cost of long-term virtues, valuing ignorance, disdaining wisdom, and embracing the blindness of mutual contempt. Our public […]

Rocks of Ages | Reflections & Notes

June 27, 2018

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Stephen Jay Gould. Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life. The Ballantine Publishing Group, 1999. (241 pages) Reflections I have been perplexed at the disdain that many have towards Gould’s construction of NOMA. As such, I may open myself up to considerable criticism for confessing that NOMA is a philosophy to which […]

I And Thou | Notes & Reflections

June 27, 2018

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Martin Buber. I And Thou. Scribner Classics, 1958. (126 pages) REVIEW It is understandable why this book is a classic. It is both deeply profound and literarily esoteric. It is also a poetic tragedy to review this book, rather than to let it be pure relation with me, the reader. This just proves, I suppose, that […]

A Community Called Atonement | Notes

June 15, 2018

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Scot McKnight. A Community Called Atonement. Abingdon Press, 2007. (173 pages) Trevin Wax review for The Gospel Coalition; David Fitch review for Missio Alliance. NOTES INTRODUCTION TO LIVING THEOLOGY; Tony Jones PREFACE PROLOGUE Some atonement theories today are “one-club” [golf analogy] theories that have to be adjusted each time one plays “the atonement game.” This is […]

Jesus and the Disinherited | Notes & Reflections

June 9, 2018

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Howard Thurman. Jesus and the Disinherited. Beacon Press, 1976. (102 pages) Foreword …this richly endowed, seminal work (vii) can be more accurately and helpfully described as a profound quest for a liberating spirituality, a way of exploring and experiencing those crucial life points where personal and societal transformation are creatively joined. … Ultimately his goal was […]

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission | Critical Reflections

June 9, 2018

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Read the oral arguments here. Listen to the oral arguments here. Download my highlighted copy of the decision here. Critical Reflections The comments thus cast doubt on the fairness and impartiality of the Commission’s adjudication of the Phillips’ case. – Syllabus It is important to note the “narrow scope” of this particular ruling, that in essence, […]

Real American | Reflections & Notes

June 7, 2018

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Julie Lythcott-Haims. Real American: a memoir. Henry Holt and Company, 2017. (272 pages) REFLECTIONS My journey of understanding identity through the lens of race in the context of American culture continues with this read, and I am deeply thankful for this memoir, a personal exposé that hits quite close to my heart. Lythcott-Haims is brutally honest, […]