Enchantment and Disenchantment in Taylor’s Essay “Western Secularity”

Here's the outline for my presentation on Charles Taylor in my TEDS course, Religion in the Modern World taught my Dr. Harold Netland. A Brief Overview and engagement with Charles Taylor's chapter, "Western Secularity" in Rethinking Secularism by Calhoun, Juergensmeyer, and VanAntwerpen, eds. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011). Problem of Definition Taylor begins his... Continue Reading →

Why Take Yourself So Seriously?

It should be no surprise to anyone reading this that we currently live in an ‘outrage culture’ (also known as a ‘call-out culture’). According to that bastion of cultural wisdom, Urban Dictionary, outrage culture is: “When people play the victim card and bend over backwards to be as offended as possible when they really aren't.... Continue Reading →

Grant and Liza’s Wedding Ceremony

Dearly beloved, We are gathered here to celebrate the union of Grant Jacob Rost and Liza Suzanne Braatz. Now, as many of you well know, the story of Grant and Liza is a story as old as time. Their's is a classic love story of boy meets girls and- well, actually that’s not quite true.... Continue Reading →

Book Review|12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson

For those who like my posts but aren’t aware that I have another blog just for book reviews, here’s a sample.

What Then Shall I Read?

If you’ve been paying attention at all lately then you’ve heard some buzz about Jordan Peterson. If you haven’t been paying attention lately then you need to hear what he has to say (half of the guy’s advice is “Pay attention!”).

I’ve been listening to Peterson’s clips and lectures on YouTube since late 2016 when a couple Canadian Christian apologist friends of mine invited me to like a FB page “Support for Jordan Peterson”. Peterson needed a support page because he was embroiled in a scandal over free speech after Canadian Bill C-16 came out which had serious implications for free and compelled speech. I was initially impressed with Peterson’s ability to keep cool under pressure and speak truth in the face of rabid hostility.

Since his initial explosion onto the public scene, Peterson’s philosophical, psychological, and theological views- along along with all his other views- have gained a wider…

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Should You Smack A Red-Winged Black Bird?

BOOOONNNNKKKK!!!!! That’s the last thing you heard before waves of fear, embarrassment, and shame came flooding into your mind. What happened? You were just buzzed by a Red-Winged Black Bird. A tiny little bird just made you look like a punk in front of everyone at the park. He nosedived in from a high perch... Continue Reading →

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