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Blair is the Director of College Counseling at The Miami Valley School, a secular independent day school in Dayton, Ohio. His embrace of a grace-based theology was driven in large part by two Mockingbird folks- Javier Garcia and Søren Kierkegaard (I think he would have liked the blog). A graduate of Georgetown University, Blair studied Arabic and history and focused much of his collegiate time in the library reading about Islamic political movements. Blair served on the Protestant Student Forum and was a leader in Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship while in college. Blair has just completed his Master's in Religious Studies at the University of Dayton. He and his wife, Austin, are always on the hunt for a good series on Netflix.

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    Grace in Admissions

    In the mid-day haze following a 4 AM After-Prom chaperoning experience at an arcade, I’ve been reflecting on the year before and the year ahead. Perhaps this is what four hours of go-carts, laser tag, and skee-ball encourage you to do. More likely, it just happens to be May. In the world of education, this […]

    Social Media, Shame, and the Prescience of DFW

    This month’s edition of Christianity Today features a cover story, “The Return of Shame,” that draws a clear, causative link between the prevalence of social media and its corollary stripping of privacy with the emergence of a shame-fame culture. I couldn’t help but relate this to David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest (and Billy Idol’s “Eyes without a […]

    Is Contemporary Literature Post-Christian?

    An essay in last week’s NYTimes written by Paul Elie grabbed my attention, prodded me in the gut, and provoked some mixed reactions on my behalf. Written with a sensitivity to the oft-referenced ‘post-Christian society,’ Elie surmises that contemporary American fiction lacks the believer: “In American fiction, belief is like that. Belief as upbringing, belief as […]

    “The Way of People” from DFW’s The Pale King

    The fifth effect has more to do with you, how you’re perceived. It’s powerful although its use is more restricted.  Pay attention, boy. The next suitable person you’re in light conversation with, you stop suddenly in the middle of the conversation and look at the person closely and say, “What’s wrong?” You say it in […]

    Fear and Loathing (and Forgiveness) in Australia

    Last week, an Australian coroner declared the infamous August 17, 1980, death of Azaria Chamberlain to be the result of a dingo attack, finally putting an end to any lingering speculation about the possible involvement of Azaria’s mother, Lindy Chamberlain. An incredibly reality-check-esque op-ed by Julia Baird in last week’s NYT, encourages us, who scoffed […]

    Commencement 2012: Graduating to Humility

    A piece by Charles Wheelan that appeared in the Wall Street Journal a couple of weeks ago has been the go-to status update for the collective Class of 2012, many of who find themselves lamenting their impending commencement exercises. With unemployment still above 8 percent and college graduates leaving their alma maters with an average […]

    John Donne: Holy Sonnets (1)

    Thou hast made me, and shall thy work decay? Repair me now, for now mine end doth haste; I run to death, and death meets me as fast, And all my pleasures are like yesterday. I dare not move my dim eyes any way, Despair behind, and death before doth cast Such terror, and my […]

    S. Kierkegaard on the Anxiety of Alienation and Dizziness of Freedom

    Somewhat recently, Gordon Marino, a professor of philosophy and director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College, authored a piece for The NY Times on Søren Kierkegaard’s experience with anxiety entitled, “Kierkegaard, Danish Doctor of Dread.” The subject here being a man who once described his pervasive dread in the following terms: “All […]

    Fear of Flight Attendants, Fear of Death and Why We’re All Paul

    As you may have heard, an American Airlines flight attendant made national headlines as her routine pre-flight intercom schtick devolved into a dire warning to passengers that the plane faced imminent danger and would likely crash after take-off. This prompted passengers to take matters into their own hands and forcibly apprehend the attendant until authorities […]

    C.S. Lewis – Footnote to All Prayers

    He whom I bow to only knows to whom I bow
    When I attempt the ineffable Name, muttering Thou,
    And dream of Pheidian fancies and embrace in heart
    Symbols (I know) which cannot be the thing Thou art.
    Thus always, taken at their word, all prayers blaspheme
    Worshipping with frail images a folk-lore dream,
    And all men in their praying, self-deceived, address
    The coinage of their own unquiet thoughts, unless
    Thou in magnetic mercy to Thyself divert
    Our arrows, aimed unskillfully, beyond desert;
    And all men are idolators, crying unheard
    To a deaf idol, if Thou take them at their word.

    Take not, oh Lord, our literal sense. Lord, in Thy great,
    Unbroken speech our limping metaphor translate.

    Linsanity: Something To Believe In?

    If you’re a sports fan, you’ve likely written off the NBA season because of its late start due to a collective bargaining dispute. Or maybe, like me, you’ve never been that interested in the NBA in the first place. Still, that hasn’t stopped me from hearing about the Knicks’ new point guard, Jeremy Lin. If […]

    Does The “Age of Anxiety” Ever End?

    I’ve been a rather anxious person for most of my short (thus far) life. I was anxious about grades while in middle school, I was anxious about getting into college while in high school, and I was anxious about getting a job while a senior in college. Today, I’m anxious about an ever-lengthening “to-do” list […]