Spirituality, What is Just?, What is True?

Why I am a Christian but Not a Christian Nationalist

I want to write about why I am a Christian but not a Christian nationalist. First, I want to beg pardon of all my non-Christian and non-religious readers. This blog post will certainly have a lot of Christianity and spirituality in it. I still hope you find something valuable in the post. So, let me… Continue reading Why I am a Christian but Not a Christian Nationalist

The Power of Play

Friedrich Schiller on Why Play Makes Us Whole

Can play make us whole? Friedrich Schiller thought so. Schiller wrote the book On the Aesthetic Education of Man in the 1700s. And his argument is that play makes us whole as humans. This is perhaps an unusual claim, but his ideas are surprisingly relevant to us today. Here’s a bit of context on Schiller’s… Continue reading Friedrich Schiller on Why Play Makes Us Whole

Monday Encouragement

Monday Encouragement: If You Struggle with Self-Worth

Dear Friend: Do you find yourself struggling with your sense of self-worth today? You might have had a rough weekend, or you might be generally going through a hard time. You might feel like a failure, or like you are stuck. And you might be really struggling with a sense of your overall worth. I… Continue reading Monday Encouragement: If You Struggle with Self-Worth

What is True?

Why Acting with Reason and Respect is Wise and Rare

Acting with reason and respect is the best way to live your life. That claim seems sensible enough, doesn’t it? After all, very few people consciously intend to live in a unreasonable and disrespectful manner. Most of us recognize that living according to reason and respect is a wise way to live. Fair enough. But… Continue reading Why Acting with Reason and Respect is Wise and Rare

What is Just?

Why Social Justice Matters for Everyone, According to a Really Cool Nun

Social justice is one of those phrases I often hear people debating in the news and in other social spaces. And what is interesting about such debates is that people tend to be unclear about what they mean by social justice. This is often true, whether folks are for it or against it. Picture by… Continue reading Why Social Justice Matters for Everyone, According to a Really Cool Nun

What is Good?

Socrates on What People Misunderstand about Goodness

People often misunderstand something about goodness. In Plato’s Republic, Plato portrays Socrates discussing goodness with some of his friends and acquaintances. The word for goodness in the Republic is dikaisoune (δικαισύνη). Now, the English language doesn’t have an exact translation for the word dikaisoune. In the Greek it means something like all of these ideas… Continue reading Socrates on What People Misunderstand about Goodness