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Manual Philosophy

“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (NIV84)

Untitled by Vela Zanetti, 1975

Untitled by Vela Zanetti, 1975

Last week I took a day off work and went with my son David to the Washington Nationals home opener.  It was a truly special day, capped by dinner with my niece, nephew and son’s girlfriend.

My niece is a student at George Mason University, currently enrolled in a philosophy class.  We started talking a little bit about Socrates and Aristotle (both of whom she is required to read), the Audible app I’ve been enjoying lately to ‘read’ philosophy, and how critical context can be to appreciating ancient writing. Continue reading


The Life of the Mind

February by Michael Sowa

“February” by Michael Sowa

Do you have light-bulb moments when you realize that a word or phrase has escaped your lexicon? They’re often accompanied by a revelation that you missed something interesting. It can be that way with ideas as well.

While writing a post on personal discipleship, I came across a podcast by William Lane Craig in which he mentioned “the life of the mind.” I didn’t bird-dog the phrase at the time, but it registered. Then, while reading Kenneth Samples‘ work I tripped over that phrase on his blog. Finally, I heard Clarke Morledge use the phrase in conversation.

As stated previously, I have an anti-intellectual prejudice—big thoughts are best communicated with small words. On the other hand, I might just be turning into a closet intellectual. Or maybe not. Continue reading


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