All posts by Ben Christenson

Ben Christenson is a writer from Fairfax, VA where he lives with his wife and 4 pets.

Waiting Tables as Soul Craft

During college, I became convinced I would become a consultant. I wasn’t pre-Med and didn’t want to join the Peace Corps, so this seemed to be the best (and only other respectable) option. I listened with childlike wonder as consulting...

/ August 2, 2022

Masks, Mercy, and Measure for Measure

Masks have made the slippery concept of “virtue-signaling” oddly literal. The virtues of care and the safety of others or freedom and individual liberty now can be visibly signaled simply by wearing or abstaining from a mask. Mundane tasks like...

/ February 3, 2022

Finitude for the Faithful

Oliver Burkeman. Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021. 288 pp, $27.00. St. Augustine taught that the fundamental condition of human beings is ignorance and difficulty. This truth can seem outdated in the...

/ November 22, 2021