Discipleship that Employs the Unemployed…

-Book Four -Chapter Three -My father became a Christian later in life. Having spent more than three decades as a hardened atheist, a series of people and churches played significant roles in his departure from unbelief. One of the most influential group of Christians in my father’s spiritual journey was a bunch of hippies who […]

Listening to Lectures is NOT Discipleship…

-Book Four -Chapter Two -I’ve spent much of my life thinking about discipleship. After all, the Great Commission Jesus gave to his own Disciples was to “Go out into all the world and make disciples of all men”. Jesus didn’t say to His followers, “create men’s groups” or “create nice suburban social clubs”, He said […]

True Discipleship, not Fake Christianity…

-Book Four -Chapter One -Why is Christian community in America so often based on church meetings? Have you ever noticed that churches often organize their social activity around meetings more often then natural friendships that occur in unplanned, random daily occurences? Here is a sample of local church meetings I’ve noticed in my area; “Bible […]

The Religion of the Priests…

-Chapter Nineteen -A weak religious narrative fails society. We’ve seen how religious narratives that focus on wealth and prosperity at the expense of the poor and least of these end up alienating young adults from religion. Priests and ministers of a religion who focus on their own selfish-happiness contribute to the disintegration of culture and […]

Now & Now Only…

-Chapter Eighteen -Everyone needs an origin story. Just as the amnesiac loses their identity by not knowing where they come from, and the orphan who searches for his birth family as a way of learning something about himself, so every human needs an origin story to give them a greater sense of definition and coherence […]

The Necessity of Narrative…

-Chapter Seventeen -As the Industrial and Technological Revolutions moved modern humanity away from the narratives provided by religion, the 20th century saw a steep rise in a vast array of psychosomatic disorders, depression, and loneliness. We know that narratives help to bind communities together; narratives create community and a lack of a comprehensive historical narrative […]

The Spirit of Thanatos…

-Chapter Sixteen -In ancient Greek mythology, Thanatos the God of Death is an interesting character. Of all the Greek Gods, he is one of the more peculiar in that as his mythology grew, his actual nature slowly evolved and changed. Initially, Thanatos was nothing more than black death and all that accompanies the end of […]

Rediscovering Morality…

-Chapter Fifteen -Nearly a generation ago Mortimer Adler suggested that the great tragedy of the 20th century was that youth do not take any moral standing on anything, “their only principle is that there are no moral principles at all” he says, and for Adler, this is the root cause of much of the upheaval […]

The Cult of Self…

-Chapter Fourteen -It does not take a specialist to notice that since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, faith in god (or religious faith in general) has experienced a steep decline. Agnosticism, atheism, and a general faithlessness has grown throughout the Western World. While much of the faithlessness can be attributed to the cult of […]

Faith Versus Fiction…

-Chapter 13 -When I was younger I attended a public exorcism. It was a rather strange evening in which a well known exorcist invited a couple thousand people to a hotel conference room in order to ‘cast out demons’ in the name of Jesus. It was not difficult to notice that the audience comprised of […]