Category Archives: Essays

Truth Value

Class is all over but the grading, which needs to be done a little more quickly than usual because the university’s Moodle site, where all my students’ work will be, is going to be shut down for maintenance two days … Continue reading

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Rare Ingredients

I grated orange zest the other day. Grating orange zest made me notice that baking has something in common with magic. Orange zest is not a particularly rare ingredient, at least not in the 21st century United States. Thank you, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on God’s Will

Friends of mine have invoked the theme of God’s will to condemn the demonstrations that have occurred in the past several days in the wake of the recent election. I don’t know that they have Calvin’s doctrine of providence in … Continue reading

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What I fear as a white Christian

A lot of texts are on my mind, but here are two: The first is a text that is coming from my white Christian friends from various quarters: “There’s nothing to be afraid of,” or alternatively, “Christians have nothing to … Continue reading

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On Not Knowing What You Don’t Know

There are a lot of things I used to be, and one of them was a political science major. Even then, I was not really that interested in electoral politics. The kind of politics I was then and have always … Continue reading

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Changing “Us”

I have been thinking a lot about how to “be part of the solution rather than part of the problem” these days. It really started when I began noticing that my own and others’ tendency on Facebook and other social … Continue reading

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A Definition of Politics

Here’s something I have been thinking about for a long time … since 1987 or so, almost 30 years: how to “define” politics. That is another way of saying, “how to think about what we mean when we say ‘politics.’” … Continue reading

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