I won’t sit here and pretend to be privy to some secret cosmological truth after just two semesters of college. Better men than me have spent their entire lives pondering, only to leave this planet just as confused, if not more, than when they entered. A theory of everything would shake the foundations of my beliefs, no doubt, but I must admit I would commit my life and career to searching for such a theory if given the chance. Maybe this suggests that I would make a bad scientist, or perhaps that I am a bad Christian. Though I have no solid answers, what I do have is a head full of questions. Continue reading Free Will-y?
I am a pacifist. I believe that when Jesus said “turn the other cheek”, He meant it; that when Jesus said “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”, He meant it; that when Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount, He meant every word he said. If you choose to look at the teachings of Jesus from this perspective, it’s clear that … Continue reading On Privilege and Pacifism
This afternoon, President Trump ordered that the nation’s Governors allow their churches to reopen this weekend, deeming them essential to America. A few thoughts on this: Continue reading Are Churches Essential to America?
Since early March, my wife and I’s local church (like all other sane congregations) has cancelled in-person services in favor of online times of worship. These streamed services still take place during the same time (Sunday at 10am) and largely follow the same pattern (opening song, welcome statement, announcements, children’s time, liturgy, etc.). Continue reading Go to (your couch for) Church!
A quick story about sports. I promise, it’s relevant. I remember talking about sports with my friends a few years ago and Tom Brady’s name came up. As with most celebrity figures, people had vitriolic feelings one way or the other about him. A few of us, myself included, had finished reading the Wells Report which made it quite clear that he had participated extensively … Continue reading Dining at the Truth Buffet
Most hypothetical challenges to pacifism are predicated on the assumption that effectiveness is the goal: how effectively does pacifism protect you and yours? Continue reading The Effectiveness of Pacifism
I was fortunate enough to be able to sit down with We Are Libertarians founder and host Chris Spangle this past weekend to talk a bit about my beliefs and libertarianism as part of the We Are Libertarians Path to Libertarianism podcast series. Continue reading Chatting with Chris Spangle: Path to Libertarianism