Only One Half of the Lesson

There were two very hard lessons that the twentieth-century brutally taught us: (1) fascism is bad (2) communism is bad. We’ve learn the first lesson, which is why self-proclaimed fascists get in…

Modesty and Sexual Affirmation

In some of my recent writing about the dangers of porn, it’s easy to begin thinking about modesty in its defensive and purely negative function, in so far as modesty can act…

Tiny Tim’s Toffee

I don’t normally use this blog to advertise products, but I felt the need to make an exception as we approach the coming holiday season. For years my friend Joey has been…

The Zipf Mystery

The Internet and Your Brain

I still remember the night that convinced me I finally needed to join the twenty-first century. I had just finished a long day helping as a judge for a debate tournament. By…

Dr Christopher Veniamin on Repentance

In the video below, Dr Christopher Veniamin discusses the Orthodox view of salvation and repentance. It’s pretty basic stuff, but often we need to be reminded of the basics. (For those who…

Mr. Rogers, Count Vronsky, and Classical Education

[perfectpullquote align=”right” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””][/perfectpullquote] Since writing my article ‘Fred Rogers vs. Oprah Winfrey,’ I got a chance to see Tom Hanks’ new film A Beautiful Day in the…

Rediscovering the Power of Resurrection for a Time of Implicit Gnosticism

This article is part of my ongoing series on Gnosticism. For a complete list of these articles, see ‘Full Links to Gnosticism Series.’ How Two Women Taught Me the Meaning of Resurrection…

Is Wikipedia an Acceptable Source for Research?

In one of the discussion boards for the Master’s in Information and Library Science that I’m taking, I was asked to comment on the following. Wikipedia is (or is not) an acceptable…

Porn and Human Trafficking in Spokane

On the surface, Spokane, Washington, seems like any other big city in the Pacific Northwest. Yet it is a city in the grip of a public health crisis. On February 23, 2019,…

The AI Apocalypse is Happening Right Now…but not in the way you think

I have to confess, I’m fascinated by artificial intelligence. My favorite TV show, Person of Interest, explores what happens when a machine develops human-like intelligence. I am currently watching through the entire…

Dull and Determined Effort

In my Touchstone article ‘The Cross of Least Resistance,’ I surveyed some scholarship by cultural anthropologists who have compared the different mindsets between Westerners and East Asians when it comes to success.…

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