The Image

Those who set up a fictitious worship, merely worship and adore their own delirious fancies; indeed, they would never dare so to trifle with God, had they not previously fashioned him after their own childish conceits. ~ John Calvin We have very active imaginations — even those of us who may feel we are deficient […]

Plato’s Forms: An Exposition and Analysis

The following is a brief discussion of Socrates’ theory of forms as recorded by Plato in his work The Republic. It is my first formal attempt at philosophical analysis, which I recently wrote for a class in beginning philosophy. The subject text can be found here, beginning at page 207 and ending at page 210: […]

Being Born

I wake up wondering if this is real. I stare at the ceiling covered in drab-looking paint molecules, the specks of dust drifting in spotty rays of sunlight. I hear the steady hum of the air-conditioning system. I imagine all the people outside, walking to work and to class, thinking and feeling all manner of […]

The Fight

The fight of faith is not a fight to be good; it is a fight to let go of the goodness we think we possess. It is a fight to stop fighting on our own behalf. It is a fight to forego fixing our condition and let Someone else do it for us, on His […]

On Divine Fullness

You are a God of order and symmetry, linear correlations, homogeneous solutions, bell curves and integral calculus. You are a God of irregular shapes and variegated colors, startling contrast, heterogeneous mixtures, uncertainty and probability. Your precision is absolute and Your ingenuity is irrepressible. You are a God of immovable justice, moral perfection, impartiality, total enforcement […]

The Existential Cliff

The beginning of awakening is when we realize that the things we are pursuing — things like success, wealth, knowledge, renown, sensuality, and self-discovery — are liable to evade us and, should we achieve them, to fail us. What if I never make it to my dream job? What if my name is lost in […]

It is God

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed — not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence — continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. ~ Philippians […]