This is my academic blog, on which I discuss topics of a more advanced nature that are pertinent to the often difficult task of doing classical Christian education in our very much un-classical age.


Latest Blog Posts

Latest Blog Posts

  • The Disease of “Politics” (Introduction)
    Politics: 1: a: the art or science of government b: the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy c: the art or science concerned with winning and holding control over a government Political: 1: a: of or relating to government, a government, […]
  • Babylon 5: What the Atheist Taught Me About Christian Culture
    [ Originally written in 2003 ] I’ve loved science fiction since childhood. Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise always captured my imagination by propelling me into strange new worlds full of adventure and the wonder of discovery. It […]
  • Technology Can’t Save You From An Amoral Universe
    [ Originally posted March 9, 2004 ] Lately I’ve been watching a bunch of episodes that I missed of the current Star Trek series, Enterprise. For the most part I’ve been pleased with the show’s pretty convincing “gap filling” between our […]
  • A Review of Poul Anderson’s “The High Crusade”
    [ Originally posted Dec. 29, 2003 ] I had never read a book by Poul Anderson before reading The High Crusade (1960). Though I had known the man was considered a master sci-fi writer, I was beyond impressed by this book. The […]
  • “Chariots of the gods”, and Other Pseudo-Rational Myths
    [Originally written July 24, 2007] I have always enjoyed science fiction, and the genre has comprised most of my fiction reading for years. However, I think sometimes I get too deep into it, reading so much of it that it […]
  • “Voices in the Dark”: Babylon 5 and “Out of the Silent Planet”
    Babylon 5, though written by a skeptic, remains one of the better sci-fi shows in terms of exploring religion in an age of high science. Recently rewatching the episode “Voices in the Dark” has made me wonder whether sometimes skeptics […]
  • Brief Reflections on Netflix’s “Jupiter’s Legacy”
    I had been wondering about the new superhero show “Jupiter’s Legacy,” so I watched a few episodes last night. Some grittier-than-usual violence, but my sense was that it only served to underscore one of the major themes that has been […]
  • Tolkien’s Christian Detractors
    [NOTE: This short essay assumes as important context the several introductory articles for this section of the site, most especially The Imagination: Pitfalls and Prospects.] In my experience as a long-time reader of Tolkien, objections to his work come in […]
  • Genesis 1 Compared with the Ainulindalë and Valaquenta
    As noted in the brief opening for this section of the page, Tolkien has many Christian detractors. These may be divided into two broad classes: those who object to his mythology on the basis of special revelation and those who […]