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My Pat Benatar Epiphany: How to Tell if You Possess Bias or Prejudice

I have a confession to make: At various times in my life, I have been biased and prejudice towards various people or groups. Bias and prejudice, generally speaking, aren't funny, but I do have a funny story to tell about the day I first understood bias and prejudice. When I was teenager, I went through… Continue reading My Pat Benatar Epiphany: How to Tell if You Possess Bias or Prejudice

Logic with Love, Uncategorized

How to Make a Good Argument (and Avoid Making a Bad One)

Every semester (almost), I have a day that is the highlight of my semester. Yesterday, I had one of those days. One of the classes I am teaching this semester is environmental ethics. In this class, my students and I have been working on developing a strong philosophical framework for environmental ethics and applying this… Continue reading How to Make a Good Argument (and Avoid Making a Bad One)

Politics and Love, Uncategorized

Is Your Morality Motivated by Love or Tribalism?

People can behave morally and promote morality for immoral reasons. That is an odd claim, isn't it? After all, we generally think of morality as good, and we think of moral people as good people. So how could a person be moral for bad reasons? How would we even know if this was the case?… Continue reading Is Your Morality Motivated by Love or Tribalism?

Contemplative Practice, Uncategorized

Play as a Contemplative Practice

My friend Justin has a really cool blog that explores spirituality, especially from a Celtic Christian perspective. He so kindly asked me to write a post for his blog this summer. It was right around the time I was teaching my class on play, so I wrote a post on play as a contemplative practice.… Continue reading Play as a Contemplative Practice

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Are Humans Good or Evil by Nature?

At the small liberal arts college where I teach, I teach an introductory course called Foundations. It is a class that teaches freshmen the basics of reading, writing, and critical thinking, but it is also a lot more than that. The class focuses on the theme of Being Human, and we explore this theme by… Continue reading Are Humans Good or Evil by Nature?

Politics and Love, Uncategorized

On the Saying, “The World is Just Going to Get Worse Until Jesus Returns, So There’s Nothing We Can Do to Make It Better”

In my last post and this post, I have been writing from the perspective of someone who is a Christian reflecting on some troubling things that I often hear other Christians say. So, I beg pardon of my non-Christian readers. I hope you might find these posts interesting or cathartic as well, but if you… Continue reading On the Saying, “The World is Just Going to Get Worse Until Jesus Returns, So There’s Nothing We Can Do to Make It Better”

Politics and Love, Uncategorized

On the Saying, “God Sometimes Uses Wicked Rulers to Accomplish His Purposes”.

When U.S. presidents behave badly, it is quite common for people in their own party to find ways to excuse the president’s behavior. This has certainly been the case with President Trump. Trump’s character is marred by very public instances of infidelity; lying; shady business deals; racist and sexist comments; cruelty to immigrant families; chaotic… Continue reading On the Saying, “God Sometimes Uses Wicked Rulers to Accomplish His Purposes”.

Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness, Uncategorized, Wonder and Whimsy

Three Awesome Gifts I Have Given Myself in the Last Decade

I believe in the power of self-love, but I also believe that self-love is quite different from how many people think of it. People often think that self-love is going on shopping trips, getting manis and pedis, and treating one's self to chocolate and other delectable delights. And certainly these things can play a role… Continue reading Three Awesome Gifts I Have Given Myself in the Last Decade