Cosmic properties

May 25, 2016 (Kampala): The beliefs and experiences we assume to be the province of Christianity do not, in fact, belong to Christianity alone: The inspiration of texts that we attribute solely to the Bible is not a property of the Bible alone. It is a property of the Cosmos. The joy, peace, hope, and …

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Other men’s wives

April 25, 2016 (Kampala): I'm reading a book about Christians' ambivalence toward their bodies and their embodied existence. One test-case for me is my high level of uncertainty about hugging other men's wives in greeting. Take Jessica and Cindy, for example. I find them both fun and attractive, physically and otherwise. I like to talk …

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Like a tree

April 22, 2016 (Kampala): Yesterday, on my walk, I was greeting people along the way. Near the bottom of the hill, three motley-looking teenage boys crossed the road so they could meet me head on. I imagine my psychic shields started to go up at that moment. They accosted me with a bunch of aggressive …

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Cosmic supertext

April 19, 2016 (Kampala): I'm reading a little this morning about Copernicus and the letter he wrote to the Pope explaining his revolutionary idea that the earth moves. While studying astronomy, he noticed something was 'off', and it bothered him. Up till then, astronomers had held widely varying and often conflicting views on the basics …

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Easter

Marcy 27, 2016 (Kampala): Today is Easter. The girls are excited about church and wearing their new dresses. I am reflecting on how I feel. I remember one Easter (1999), when I was attending a new church. In the pastor's presentation of Jesus, I was deeply moved. No doubt experiences like that, with all the …

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Perfect children

March 20, 2016 (Kampala): My 'troubled relationship' is with my daughters. Perhaps I have idolized them as the 'perfect children', in the sense that I try to control them to make sure they're perfect. It manifests in two ways. First, I want them to be perfect (by my narrow definitions), and when they are not, …

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Hybrid heritage

March 11, 2016 (Kampala): This morning I read the first chapter in the exciting new book I got: The Book of the Cosmos by Dennis Danielson. It's an anthology of cosmological literature spanning 4000 years. The first chapter compares ancient Greek and Hebrew views of the universe and its origin. I can summarize as follows: …

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Stupid

February 25, 2016 (Kampala): The voice of guilt over being a terrible father has been growing louder. It's no surprise, since I've been unkind to my girls this week. It's almost like I can't help it. Yesterday I even mocked Mercy over something she said. Is this the real me? I self-righteously told them two …

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Fire in the mind

February 16, 2016 (Kampala): George Johnson writes, in his book Fire in the Mind: "Whether there is hope of converging asymptotically on something called truth depends on whether you believe, like Plato, that mathematics and natural laws exist in and of themselves on some ethereal plane, or whether you believe they are human inventions at …

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No breastfast

A journal entry from February 8, 2016, recounting our move out of Ikland: Thursday morning, February 5, I intended to have one last glorious quiet time in pristine Timu nature. But just after sitting down on my boulder, G padded up behind me and sat down beside me. My heart sank. Without asking, he picked …

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