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All the Lonely Virtues, Where Do They All Belong?

There’s this funny revival of Aristotelian virtue ethics going on in the Church today, typified by N. T. Wright. The Nicomachean Ethics, while more approachable than most Greek philosophy, is as dry as the Metaphysics, so I’m going to pass over my due diligence here and throw out an interesting anomaly. The virtues we like to […]

The Virtues and Vices of N.T. Wright’s After You Believe

Apparently, the original title of N.T. Wright’s After You Believe was Virtue Reborn, changed for marketing purposes in the US. It’s difficult to understand this change, except perhaps that the American Church tends toward being sanctification-heavy, and purpose-driven, and the promise of a ‘Step 2’ to follow the ‘Step 1’ of belief must be attractive […]

Aristotle is of Two Minds about Jay Cutler

In sports journalism, athletes are constantly being referred to as “embattled.” Perhaps quarterbacks are given this label more than any other athlete. It’s safe to say then, that embattled Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is one of the more embattled people in the world. Sort of like how The Dude is the laziest man in […]

Gerhard Forde on the Creative Love of God and the Great Reversal

A few choice excerpts from the closing section of Mbird cornerstone On Being a Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation, 1518, pgs 105-115: Aristotle sets forth commonsense human wisdom about good works. What he says certainly seems meet, right and salutory. We learn to play the piano only by practicing, we learn […]

In Law We Trust, or The Tie That Binds Spiritual Hippies and Religious Preppies

In an attempt to put the election season in an eternal perspective, I’ve been listening to a wonderful (if not somewhat depressing) podcast from PBS called “God in America,” which chronicles the entire complex history of American self-identity with respect to religion. Repeated throughout the show is the argument that America–through its unique blend of […]

Beavis, Butthead and Aristotle: The Tragic Genius of Mike Judge

Catharsis: 1. purification or purgation of the emotions (as pity and fear) primarily through art 2.purification or purgation that brings about spiritual renewal or release from tension 3: elimination of a complex by bringing it to consciousness and affording it expression According to Aristotle’s Poetics, the mark of a good tragedy was whether or not […]

Casuistry

Strictly speaking, casuistry is a case-based system of flexible moral reasoning which relies upon abstract methods in order to achieve an ‘optimal solution’ to a dilemma. The video speaks to the very problem with this sort of arbitrary, human reasoning (as opposed to definite laws which are given by God) because no such human-derived solution […]