Evidence and Persuasion

I’ve been approaching the New Testament II class this winter somewhat differently from past years; whereas before, I divided the survey between gospels (first term) and epistles (second term), this time around I tried to do the cognitive work of the survey of the whole NT in the first term, and have been trying to…

Back: Broken

The long-overdue essay on postmodernity and faith has approximated competion. It needs a conclusion, and it would be better with another round of sanding and filling — it’s constituted by refactoring materail from some earlier unpbulished stuff — but I’m at word count.

The Latest

After copious experimentation, Pippa and I have settled on our favorite peanut sauce recipe. We are sufficiently impressed to have begun contemplating the advantages of an all-peanut-sauce diet. . . .

Stress, Grace, Joy

I’ve been wrestling with two essays and homily for the past week — one of the essays on the current mess in the Anglican Communion (and I fret that it will hurt some whose friendship I cherish), and the homily for a memorial service for a friend. What with life at Seabury and these obligations,…

Another Boston Story

Yesterday afternoon David Weinberger reported from the Beyond Broadcast conference; though pretty much everything he ever writes pertains in some way to online education, his report of John Palfrey’s presentation strikes me as particularly pertinent, especially the lines, “semiotic democracy, e.g., control of cultural goods, with meaning created by many, not by the few. More…

DJ

News of the death of Dennis Johnson surprises and saddens me. My dad has always been an ardent fan of the Celtics, and he instilled in me an allegiance to the franchise rooted in respect for Red Auerbach’s coaching and Bill Russell’s and John Havilicek’s style. Back when I still watched broadcast television, I used…

Cory on Jobs

Last time I linked to Cory Doctorow involved some degrees of criticism and misunderstanding, so it’s a pleasure this time to point out his incisive diagnosis of Steve Jobs’s double-dealing rhetoric about DRM and music. Straight to the point from the penultimate paragraph: Apple doesn’t sell music because of DRM — it sells music in…

* Sigh *

This morning, NPR reported on an open casting call to find the next actor to portray the lonely Maytag employee. 200 candidates showed up, reportedly all men. Discuss, not omitting attention to social roles, commercial culture, and ethics.

It Is (Mostly) Finished

This morning, Margaret handed in the last written exam in her dissertation process; she will complete the ordeal with an oral defense of her exams on March 2. The oral won’t necessarily be a picnic, and writing a dissertation is a momentous challenge, but the obligation to compose a short essay on a not-precisely-anticipated topic…

Quick and Brilliant

This morning, NPR reported on research that shows (what those of us who actually listen to bereaved friends knew) that the Kübler-Ross stages of mourning don’t necessarily occur in the designated order: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. That topic will hereafter ever call to mind this post from Micah and Laura (I’m quoting it…