What to Do With Holy Writ

It seems to me that in our modern day we are inclined to categorize literature into the neat categories of ‘fiction’ vs. ‘non-fiction’. But I wonder if literature in general, and Sacred Literature in particular, doesn’t fit in that tidy dichotomy very well. Consider Homer’s epic Iliad & Odyssey. In ancient Greek times they were…

Good People Are Neither Easy Nor Impossible to Find

American Christians can be divided between those who believe a good person is easy to find and those who believe a good person is impossible to find. Those who believe good people are easy to find frequently take stances along the lines of “I’m not perfect — God is not finished with me yet.” Thus we’re all as good…

Post Progressivism

In response to an article about how folks who end up rejecting Evangelical Christianity frequently become Atheists I wrote the following comment in reply: I’m an “Evangelical Church Survivor” myself. And would have ended up an atheist if it weren’t for an Experience. When I was a teen I survived some really terrible family calamity….

“Sad music” is helpful when you’re sad?

You might reasonably assume that when you’re sad, put on ‘happy’ music to cheer yourself up. Sousa marches, for example. But a 2019 study suggests otherwise: “The strong appeal of sad music to people with MDD [Major Depressive Disorder] may be related to its calming effects rather than any desire to increase or maintain sad…