Andrew Kern May 15, 2018

I suppose it must be theoretically possible to create an ethic without God or a god, but historically in the west it’s been a problem.

When Machiavelli developed the first utilitarian handbook on politics, that is to say, a book on politics that approached them without religion (except considered as a tool), he laid the foundations for Thomas Hobbes to develop his Social Contract.

Joshua Leland Nov 19, 2013

In response to a previous post, someone put forward the sensible question, "What does 'secular form' mean? Is there actually such a thing?" I wrote a fairly lengthy response to this, but upon sending said response I found that it had been deleted. This post, therefore, will be aimed at exploring this question.

Joshua Leland Nov 6, 2013

In my last post I discussed the importance of form, but one way to understand that practically is by seeing how form directly shapes and guides our understanding of content. 

Joshua Leland Oct 29, 2013
The backyard where our children play is covered in brittle, brown leaves now that fall is upon us. My wife had the genius idea of using a rake to carve a series of small 'roads' that snake in and out of the trees, and my two- and three-year-old boys absolutely love it. They spend hours running along the weaving pathways, suddenly using whole portions of the yard that they had hitherto left unexplored. I was struck by the fact that such a simple laying down of boundaries in an otherwise unbounded space had magically created a whole new realm of enjoyment and play.
Andrew Kern Jul 11, 2013

I've encountered that moment in my conferencing preparations where I have to toss overboard most of my provisions so the fish can make use of them as they will. What better use for a blog, I thought to myself, before realizing how thoroughly I was insulting you. Sorry about that. 

But, incorrigible as I am, I offer you these extraneous and wasteful thoughts judged, by me, unworthy of or unhelpful for the great sea before us.