After Virtue by Alasdair Macintyre (Review)

In my twenties I read a lot of books.  I was in seminary, reading assigned readings, and then I was starting out in ministry reading books on leadership and spiritual formation and the like.  Over time I began to notice some authors were referenced in numerous books I was reading.  Now in my thirties, it … Continue reading After Virtue by Alasdair Macintyre (Review)

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Unity and Diversity (Listening to the Saints)

I am writing a series of posts as devotionals for my college students this summer.  Many of these have been inspired by Pascal's Pensees, but I am also reading portions of the early church fathers.  This post is inspired by Clement of Rome. There is debate in scholarly circles, but in general all the books … Continue reading Unity and Diversity (Listening to the Saints)

Pascal’s Wager – A Leap of Faith (Reflections on Pascal’s Pensees)

If you've heard anything of Pascal, it is probably his famous "wager": "Let us then examine this point, and say, "God is, or He is not." But to which side shall we incline? Reason can decide nothing here. There is an infinite chaos which separated us. A game is being played at the extremity of … Continue reading Pascal’s Wager – A Leap of Faith (Reflections on Pascal’s Pensees)

Having Faith and Doubt – When Both Sides Sometimes Make Sense (Reflections on Pascal’s Pensees)

I've been sharing reflections on portions of Blaise Pascal's Pensees (Thoughts), writing with my students at PSU Berks in mind.  Today I come to one of my favorite quotes from the book: This is what I see and what troubles me. I look on all sides, and I see only darkness everywhere. Nature presents to … Continue reading Having Faith and Doubt – When Both Sides Sometimes Make Sense (Reflections on Pascal’s Pensees)

Patriotism and Martyrdom (Listening to the Saints)

Memorial Day was a couple weeks ago and it seems that every national holiday leads me through a series of the same thoughts.  On one hand, I think Christians are too nationalistic, even too patriotic.  Why do we celebrate national holidays such as Memorial Day, remembering soldiers who gave their lives, but rarely celebrate Christian … Continue reading Patriotism and Martyrdom (Listening to the Saints)