Monthly Archives: September 2014

Historical Jesus

There is a massive artifact testifying to existence and work of Jesus, which is called the church. It can be categorized as a society, a culture, a corporation, or a network. It is the main source. Unsurprisingly, the oldest churches have the most historical continuity with Jesus’ first century movement: this would mean the various […]

Humanism and Anti-Humanism

Am I the only one who notices that people who call themselves “humanists” seem to despise their fellow man? “Humanist” of course has shades of meaning. A humanist can be someone like me who is schooled in what used to be called”the humanities”, that is history, classical literature and a smattering of philosophy. Or humanism […]

Do you lack enthusiasm?

Boston Globe reporter Dan Shaughnessy is mad at Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: Kudos to Eli Manning for standing up and saying something about the scandal-ridden NFL: “We can’t accept that as players, we can’t accept that from our teammates and around the league. Hopefully . . . the NFL can learn from this, and we […]

The Bad Old Days

Continuing some musings on Progress People will often talk about the dark ages of thirty or forty years ago before the dawn of Progress. Back in the day, things were awful, terrible. Now they are better thanks to (fill in the blank). So, you hear young women talk about how evil things were “before women […]

What Constitutes Progress?

Last week’s post Horrible People  got me thinking about the nature of progress. I’m planning on doing a few posts on the theme. Progress is hard to define. Last week I mentioned the Women’s Suffrage movement. Today we see it as a huge step forward in social progress, but it is not as if before the Suffrage movement men […]

Horrible People

Once, in English Composition class my freshman year of college, I had a big thick book sitting on my desk. The professor asked what I was reading, and I told her it was a collection of essays by G.K. Chesterton. She had never heard of him, so I explained that he was an early 20th century English […]