Category Archives: Essays

My Mother’s Yankee Daughter

Here is a story that became a legend in our family: We were driving to church. My brother and I were kids. We were talking about the Civil War. Both of us knew it was fought to end slavery and … Continue reading

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Remembering Political Correctness

Lately – that is, over the past year or so – I have heard more and more references to “political correctness.” I used to think I knew what that term meant. Now, however, I have concluded that it is yet … Continue reading

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Imagination and the Problem of Evil

When I was a little girl, Haley Mills was the designated Disney movie star of the day. I adored Hayley Mills. I saw every Hayley Mills movie ever made during those years in the 60s, and what I wanted more … Continue reading

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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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