Speaking the Truth in Love (and a side-note on wealth)

Our lesson in church this Sunday morning was on loving enough to speak the truth to someone, using the example of Jesus’ answer to the rich young ruler who asked what he needed to do to inherit eternal life. I had some thoughts on the topic I wanted to share from my own experiences that have helped me flesh out this idea and find its edges. It was shared that we should always ask “am I doing this out of love?” when speaking truth to someone, and for me the question has been “how do I know if I’m doing this out of love?”.

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Ulrich Schnauss and the Permeating Sadness

I love the music of Ulrich Schnauss, and I find myself coming back to his work again and again. The general mood of his music captures the essence of my emotional baseline. Part of this I feel is because in all the different moods he expresses, whether it be grand, hopeful or pensive, all of it is colored by a kind of pervasive sadness (for lack of a better word). It’s not exactly sadness, but it’s a lighter hue in the same chromatic neighborhood.

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Ava Adore and Crotch-Christianity

Ava Adore by The Smashing Pumpkins is a catchy song musically, and while on the surface it feels like it’s just trying to be edgy it’s a vivid depiction of a toxic, codependent relationship. Upon listening to it again, it hit me that (whether Billy Corgan intended this or not) it could be taken as a satirical appropriation of the story in the Bible about the prophet Hosea who was instructed by God to take a prostitute as a wife. In this case though it functions as a love letter from the Christian church to its love/hate mistress, popular culture.

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What Moral System is Best?

While reading a book on a prominent philosopher recently, I noticed the author made a very common logical fallacy. He was examining a moral claim made by the philosopher and made an argument along the lines of “but wait, if that were true then it would justify this thing we can all recognize as bad”. Whether this is a fallacy depends on which assumption about morality we take to be true. If morality is a subjective abstract concept as many believe, then this argument would be logically invalid.

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A word of encouragement

After reading people’s reactions on Twitter, Facebook, etc. and seeing some of the stories already circulating, it seems like a lot of Christians are grasping at straws to attach some kind of religious significance to the Notre Dame fire. It’s a tragic loss of a tangible piece of history, but as far as our faith is concerned God has far greater things in our future.

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My Problem With The Common Ancestor

One of the biggest problems I’ve had with the idea that all life came from a common ancestor is that by the process of natural selection we should expect to find much more biology and anatomy that is not disadvantageous but not specifically advantageous. This is what people have claimed to find in “junk DNA” and “vestigial” features like the appendix or the coccyx. Instead we keep finding that the biology we thought was in that “neither advantageous nor disadvantageous leftovers” category is really either distinctly advantageous or even necessary.

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Musical Meditation

In a break from my usual worldview-related topics, this is something that came to mind that’s more of a personal journal entry. I’m realizing more and more that music has been my personal meditative space for a long time, and more recently I’ve started to notice when I’m missing the meditative experience I used to indulge in regularly when I was in high school and college. Moreover I’ve been realizing the role music has played in my life and how I’ve come to see it as more of a personal thing than a shared experience.

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