The Dirt on Your Shoes

Today, I needed to get my shoes shined. I usually shine them myself, but I forgot this morning. Luckily, in my building in downtown Indianapolis, there is a shoe shine stand. He’s been there for years and does a great job. When he doe...

Growing Up Stoic

For our home-schooling lessons my daughter and I have been reading Greek and Roman philosophers, and she has taken a shine to the Stoics – not only reading them with me, but trying to incorporate their ideas into her life. Most people these...

Just War Doctrine Doesn’t Need an Update

According to a “first of its kind” Vatican conference co-hosted by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the international Catholic peace organization Pax Christi there is no such thing as a “just war.” The participants in this c...

The Web, Our Brains, and You

Like most avid readers I have a queue of books I’m reading and plan to read. When a new book gets added to the queue it gets bumped to the top either by plaintive recommendation or because I will see the person who gifted me that book...

Abernathy, TX before the Self-driving Car

A month ago I flew out to Lubbock, Texas, to give a couple of talks at Lubbock Christian University. Several times over the course of two days the topic of self-driving cars came up in mealtime conversation. Self-driving cars were inevitabl...

How Liberalism’s Contradictions Will Save It

In October 2013, Russell Brand wrote a rambling missive for the New Statesman, in which he called for a “total revolution” of the Western political system on the basis it has become apathetic “to the needs of the people.” For the British ac...