Prelude “Away from Speculation! Back to Christianity!” Kierkegaard writes. This short statement encapsulates one of the central themes of Kierkegaard’s thought: (the parts I’ve read anyhow) that Christianity is to be approached subjectively, not objectively. The objective approach, is, to Kierkegaard, the dispassionate pursuit of WHAT is true. The individuals personal feelings and passions are … Continue reading Kierkegaard critiques the Objective Approach
There is something strange about the modernist/fundamentalist split. The two are diametrically opposed, but seem to be strikingly similar at the same time. Both think the world is made of stuff. One side thinks it contains ‘spiritual’ stuff, the other side thinks there is only material stuff. My view: Both sides neglect the role of … Continue reading The Incarnation Critiques Modernity and Fundamentalism
In the last few days/weeks I have written several posts dealing with broad, abstract things: Truth, goodness, beauty, the monarchical vision, God, heaven and earth and so fourth. I do have a weakness for the broad and abstract, the heavenly instead of the earthly and the practical. One thing I’ve noticed is that Jesus doesn’t … Continue reading The Particular Individual
The following essay is an extended version of a speech I gave on the topic of social media. The piece is directed to a Christian and specifically Anabaptist audience. I have omitted some culture-specific references that don't apply to most readers. I don’t use social media. In the last few years, I have deleted my … Continue reading Social Media and I: The Pernicious Effects of Social Media.
There are many fascinating parallels between the thought of Søren Kierkegaard, a 19th century Danish philosopher, and Jordan Peterson, a contemporary Canadian clinical psychologist who has recently gained worldwide acclaim. Both are existentialists. Kierkegaard is regarded by many as the “father of existentialism,” Peterson has undoubtedly been greatly influenced by him, directly or indirectly. Both … Continue reading Jordan Peterson and Søren Kierekgaard