Feynmanian Virtue

The man himself.

Supposedly Richard Feynman, the great 20th Century physicist, used to give advice on how to be a genius. His recommendation? Keep a dozen or so problems constantly in the back of your mind. Every time you meet a new trick or result, test it against each of your problems. Eventually, something will click, and people will think “How on earth did he do it? He must be a genius!”

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“It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy…”

Picture courtesy of Heidi Halcomb

If I were to write a story about a faerie wood like George Macdonald did, I think I’d have my young Anodos travel to a section of the wood where the forest itself, like a great sylvan phoenix, would seem to catch fire at the end of every year, leaving only bones and ash. And, like the phoenix, it would rise again from its own remains at the beginning of the next year, clothed in green plumage once more. Continue reading ““It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy…””

Doctrine of Love

There’s a subtle arrogance I find present in anti-intellectual types of believers. You know who I’m talking about. You walk up to someone to share some new insight into the Scripture, and your excitement is met with “what’s the point?” You share some point of God-exalting theology and the response comes, “how does this apply to my life?” You’ve just come from reading one of the old dead guys with heart aflame and are told that you “ought to be reading more of the things of God and less of the things of man.”

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Sexism in the Bible: Rape, Part One

This post is part of an ongoing series. The series is introduced here.

One of the most difficult things for the raging mob to understand about the Old Testament law is that the majority of it falls under the heading of case law, much like the vast majority of American law. Under case law, a judge or jury weighs evidence and circumstance in a given case to decide to what extent the law has been broken and what punishment, if any, should be handed down. Continue reading “Sexism in the Bible: Rape, Part One”