Essay / Culture

Legal versus Approved

I get a great many thoughtful questions. One of them reminded me that often thoughtful opposition to gay marriage sounds like it should lead to the desire to make many private behaviors illegal.Christians, including men like the Founders influenced by Christianity, believe that authority comes

Essay / Philosophy

Why We Fight

The Corner on National Review OnlineThe President of the United States:One name we honor is Marine Corps Sergeant Byron Norwood of Pflugerville, Texas, who was killed during the assault on Fallujah. His mom, Janet, sent me a letter and told me how much Byron loved

Essay / Philosophy

Other gods?

I am sometimes asked how I know my God is the true God. How do I know the Aztec god or the gods of Olympus are not real gods?Here is a short (blog length!) response. People curious about more information should read Scaling the Secular

Essay / Philosophy

I am not Fluffy

Jane wants a dog. That is a problem. Aristotle, the Wonder Dog, is already with us and he is enough to torment any family. At seven years old, Jane lacks the rhetorical and cleaning skills to make an effective argument to She Who Must Be

Essay / Philosophy

Two Frequent Secular Charges

Frequently when I chat with friends who do not believe in God they will insist on two things. I find both things odd.First, some secularists assert that religious people “cannot question,” but scientists must. Of course, there are some religious people who are dogmatic (in

Essay / Philosophy

A Marathon through Plato VII

It is Sunday. My health continues to decline. I feel sick as could be, yet my soul is strong. I love the dialectic. I love Plato. His work is so clear and inquiry is liberating. One moment of this discussion is a lifetime of television

Essay / Philosophy

A Marathon through Plato VI

It is evening. The vesper prayers are said. How can one honor a teacher like Dr. Geier? Who can know? Now comes the long haul as we examine the Good.How would we honor a great man if he came into the room?The Good is much

Essay / Philosophy

A Marathon through Plato V

The afternoon and early evening are here. I am tired in body, still fighting off a cold. Still, we are on the edge of good insights. Dr. Geier never seems to need rest.Timaeus places the body within the soul, so that the body does not

Essay / Philosophy

A Marathon through Plato IV

We begin Saturday with great enthusiasm. Home repairs kept me away from the first forty-five minutes. The city brings the philosopher back to life!We begin in discussion of the soul. Only soul can possess intellect. That does not mean every soul has intellect. Plato believes

Essay / Philosophy

A Marathon through Plato III

Republic IWe are now down to the core group of about twenty. The room is much cooler now. The group is getting a second wind after the hard labor of trying to see the meaning of the cosmos.And so we start with Socrates and Glaucon

Essay / Philosophy

A Marathon through Plato II

It is after nine. The room is packed and very warm, but the conversation is warmer. We are pressing forward as hard as we can, but it is difficult for the text is difficult. Is there anything finer than to watch very bright students like

Essay / Philosophy

A Marathon through Plato

I am live blogging the intellectual high point of the year. Today Al Geier of the University of Rochester is leading thirty-some Torrey students in a slow read through Plato’s Timaeus. We opened in prayer, giving our discussion over to the Divine Logos who guides