The Quixotic Nature of Faith

“I talk with Jesus everyday, just like this.” “You mean physically? Like you’re talking to me now?” “Yes, just like we’re talking now.” “So...you see Jesus sitting there with you, just like you see and hear me here, now?” “Yes, I do.” This was a conversation I had as an undergraduate with a pretty, wholesome girl [...]

Not Today, Santa: I Have Seen the Father of Lies, and He is Us

“You sit on a throne of lies.” —Buddy the “Elf” It being the Christmas season and all, this past Friday Family Movie Night found my little nuclear family all huddled in obeisance before the flat-screened iconostasis, watching the 2003 Will Ferrell flick Elf.  Part of what makes the movie so brilliant to me is its [...]

Free Your Mind

A little known fact from my former Mormon days is that I had a calling in two separate wards across two different states as a Gospel Principles teacher. For those of you “gentiles” who know little about the Latter-Day Saint (LDS) faith, a calling is a job or duty assigned to you by a priesthood [...]

A Downside to Reading?

Incredible irony attends the fact that in his dialogue Phaedrus, Plato portrays his teacher Socrates opining that writing enfeebles the mind and memory and produces ideas that cannot speak, answer questions, or come to their own defense. Of course, were it not for the writings of Plato and the so-called Minor Socratics, these very ideas [...]

You Don’t “Lose” Virginity, You Gain Experience…and Pleasure, if done right

A good long while ago, I read author Peggy Orenstein’s wonderful book Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape all about the weird hangups and pathologies surrounding female sexuality from which we suffer signally in this country. An important moment in the book for me came when the author was discussing the concept of [...]

The Abundant Nonsense of Liberal Moral Scarcity

I’ve written about this subject before, but I want to revisit it here for the sake of this month of posts on the theme of abundance. I especially wanted to publish this post today, as people are once again taking to the polls to vote in Midterm elections.  Moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt is famous for [...]