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ArchiveDecember 2, 2018

The Reality of Fiction

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Fiction often utilizes concepts and materials incredibly foreign to our current circumstances. Magic and faeries, elves and dwarves, dragons and dinosaurs, serve as examples of just some of the endless possibilities.  Yet, all fiction, by nature, will be read and compared to our real world, our historical present. One would not ‘get’ much literature, if you were reading it apart...

True Humility

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Humans can be notoriously bad at discernment, even when we possess all the tools to do well. Our ability to quickly process pattern-finding serves us well, and is one of our utmost skills. But, the same trait can be used to our detriment, as well as our happiness, depending on our circumstances. It can leave us worrying, rather than virtuous (Phil. 4:6-8).   Self-admittedly, I find...

Theological Archaeology

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The dull rhythms of theological prose are often incredibly frustrating to slog through, even by those who are innately interested in the subject matter. Occasionally, I pick up a theological text or journal and muse it should be relegated to the dungeons of archival Gehenna just because it’s so boring.  Though this is a problem which plagues all academia, what happened to a theology that’s...

The Mimetic Desire of ‘Brothers’

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Assyrians and Hittites grew accustomed to calling themselves ‘brothers’ in their letters to each other, even when only (or not even), distantly related. To be ‘brothers’ is a bond often tied with blood. But, not always, of course. Christians make use of this familial language all the time, calling our fellow believers ‘brothers and sisters.’ In Song of Songs, the...

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