Good, True, Beautiful

2015-2-25 GoodTrueBeautiful img01Editor’s Note: To commemorate the one-year anniversary of Good True Beautiful, Pallas has undertaken to summarize a mission statement for the blog.

Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? I face death every day—yes, just as surely as I boast about you in Christ Jesus our Lord. If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised,

“Let us eat and drink,
for tomorrow we die.”

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Two Sides of the Same Sword

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Since American’s first colonization, a conception of its own phenomenality has been a cornerstone of American ideology. To the Pilgrims and other early British colonists, it was a refuge and a sort of promised land; a haven where they could practice their distinctly non-Anglican religion without the attempted constraints of the Church of England and England’s king, James I. The perpetrators of the American Revolution were convinced of their singular status in governmental experimentation, believing – not incorrectly – that they had been given an unprecedented opportunity to not simply remove a bad government, but to build a new government as best they could in its place. This spirit of unique birth matured quickly into a spirit of unique purpose, as later leaders drove towards a national ideal of political evangelism – that is, a nation that would share the bounty of its own spirit and system of government with the rest of the world. Continue reading

Reflections on the National Prayer Breakfast

One week ago President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. His speech has already occasioned many responses. Presuming to add to the heap, I hope that I can analyze his remarks in light of general principles, elucidating precisely what made his expressions so ill-advised.

Before anything else, we must establish how we are to evaluate his speech. Mere truth is not a sufficient a criterion, however necessary it is: His taking the stage and outlining geometric proofs, however timeless, certain, and precisely true, would have been a bad move. For considering his words, we need to consider the circumstances: Who our speaker was, the occasion of the speech, his audience, and anything else immediately relevant. For now, let us focus on the occasion. Continue reading

I Had a Vision

2015-2-5 Superbowl img01The media has called the Seahawks’ decision “the stupidest play call in Super Bowl history”—but it should instead be known as one of the most impressive and unexpected individual efforts by a defender in Super Bowl history. Critics argue that the Seahawks should have relied on their talented running back Marshawn Lynch to win the Super Bowl. Instead, the Seahawks’ game plan took the entire drive into account and aimed to maximize the team’s productivity on all three plays. By hammering the coaches, instead of acknowledging their logic, the media missed out on the great story of Malcolm Butler’s success. Continue reading