Monthly Archives: October 2011

Do We Know Enough to Love?

So…is unconditional love a good thing?  Is it possible?  It seems to me that the answers to both questions are going to have to be No, but the exploration of the context of this answer, these answers, will be meandering.  … Continue reading

Posted in Love and Marriage, Political Psychology, Theology | Tagged | Leave a comment

Why Bother Voting?

I’ve been looking at the results of the most recent New York Times/CBS Poll.  It’s about a week old now; recent, as polls go.  It seems like a real shame that we have to go through all the fuss and … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Servants and Stewards and Unconditional Love

We just don’t have the stuff for unconditional love.    The “we” I had in mind in that sentence is us humans and that’s the conclusion I came to at the end of Adam and Eve and Unconditional Love.  I’d like … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Studies, Love and Marriage, Political Psychology | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Adam, Eve, and Unconditional Love

I am beginning today a set of thought experiments bearing on the notion of “unconditional” or “non-contingent” love.  I am beginning with the position that it is a bad idea.  It asks more discernment of us than we can reliably … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Studies, Political Psychology | Tagged , | 4 Comments

Being a Patient and a Citizen

I’ve been thinking for a couple of days now about the recommendations by the U. S. Preventive Services Task Force that we stop testing for the prostate-specific antigen (PSA).  The difficulty they point to is not that the PSA doesn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | Tagged , | Leave a comment


It is hard to give up the old ways.  I am not going to do it casually.  You will have to give me a really good reason to change my ways and then I probably still won’t do it.  I … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Movies, Theology, ways of knowing | 5 Comments

Kimiko Says Thank You

People who formulate, legitimate, or enforce public policy for a living have a good idea what makes a policy work.  It has to be effective, i.e., meet the goals the policy establishes.  It has to be affordable, i.e., not cost … Continue reading

Posted in Saturday Evening Post | Tagged , , | Leave a comment