Choosing Your Own Adventure: My Life as a Teenage Dungeon Master and How it Prepared Me to Teach College Classes

“Sherlock Holmes was the first fictional creation adults openly embraced as “real,” while deliberately ignoring or minimizing its creator, and this fetishization has continued for over a century…. Holmes demonstrated how the modern world could be re- enchanted through means entirely consistent with modernity.” (“Clap If You Believe in Sherlock Holmes: Mass Culture and the…Continue reading Choosing Your Own Adventure: My Life as a Teenage Dungeon Master and How it Prepared Me to Teach College Classes

Losing a Game You Never Should Have Played

I’m glad to see editorials like this one, openly and publicly questioning the relationship between conservative Christianity and Republican politics and the impact it is likely to have on American Christianity going forward — but I can’t help noticing that there’s a rather significant bent of accusation aimed at liberal and progressive Christians here for…Continue reading Losing a Game You Never Should Have Played

Why would you ask a physicist in the first place?

Would We Be Better Off Without Religion? Krauss, like many STEM scientists who enter the religion debate, makes the same kinds of flawed assumptions in his argument as the New Atheist school of thought from which he draws his conclusions. Namely, the view that Religion is always juxtaposed against Science in terms of “truth” and…Continue reading Why would you ask a physicist in the first place?

Finding Fault: Moral Relativity versus Cultural Relativity

Recently, I was reading the comments section on an article by the Washington Post about the practice of chhaupadi in Nepal. To offer a brief bit of background, chhaupadi is the practice of sequestering menstruating women in makeshift outdoor sheds, cattle barns, or huts beyond the main courtyard in the belief that their monthly blood…Continue reading Finding Fault: Moral Relativity versus Cultural Relativity

A Statement on the Universal Subordination of Women

Within academic Feminist theory there lies a deeply troubling question: Why are women universally subordinated? Of course, the nature of this question in many ways presupposes the kinds of answers we should expect. However, while this does not completely devalue either the question or the analysis, we should evaluate the principal premise because it is…Continue reading A Statement on the Universal Subordination of Women