Category: Embodiment

Truth Comes in A Body: Andy Crouch on the Incarnation

Andy Crouch is really smart.  He’s written one of the most important books on evangelicals relationship to culture in the last 20 years.  And he’s always doing interesting things. So I’m not surprised to hear him wax eloquent on a...

/ January 17, 2010

Bodies, Souls, and the Bible: The Frequency Test

If Peter Leithart’s latest writings are any indication, he’s working on an essay or a book on the meaning of embodiment.  Which would be fantastic.  The topic is going to be increasingly popular as more work like Professor Smith’s infiltrate...

/ January 14, 2010

Susan Sontag on Beauty and Gender

Today as I set-up shop in a line at the Los Angeles DMV I happened to read an incisive essay published in Vogue forty years ago. The article was written by Susan Sontag, and my profit from it proves that...

/ January 7, 2010

Industrial Sex: Freeing the Body from Consequences

Wendell Berry’s essay “Feminism, the Body, and the Machine” is a gem. I won’t recap the whole argument, but along the way he provides this on the sexual revolution: It is odd that because of its “sexual freedom” our time...

/ January 6, 2010

The Unintelligible Body: Chomsky on Galileo and Newton

In one very important sense, the scientific revolution was over before it began.  At least if Noam Chomsky is right. In his collection of essays, On Nature and Language, Chomsky argues that Galileo adopted a mechanical method of intelligibility.  In...

/ January 5, 2010

They Say Only the Good Die Young.

They say only the good die young. I don’t know if it’s true.  But it sounds good.  And it’s a gentle way of talking about those whom we should not have lost. “Should.” There’s a world of meaning in that...

/ December 14, 2009

Thomas Says: Killing Plants and Animals

As a way of getting my blogging going, I thought I’d start a series of posts on some teachings of Thomas Aquinas.  I think this will be interesting (at least to me) because Thomas covers so much material in easy-to-digest...

/ September 3, 2009

Autonomy, Eternity, and Value

We are thus stuck between two unrealistic views of the autonomy of the individual. The first is that the self can be autonomous forever; the second is that only the autonomous deserve to live at all.” (p. 152) Peter Lawler’s...

/ May 29, 2008

Review: Stuck with Virtue

We also must return to Pascal for a reminder that the biotechnological project cannot turn us human beings from mysterious into manufactured beings. The effort to deny the reality of the fundamental unpredictability of human life that is intrinsic to...

/ May 22, 2008

I met a smile on my way…

Imperturbable smiles are pitiable things, somewhat reminiscent of the Little Prince’s rose who took naive delight in her four thorns, unjustifiably proud of the one thing that made her vulnerable—and laughable; or of Voltaire’s Candide always optimistically re-interpreting the facts...

/ April 3, 2008