• Drawing or Color, Part IV: The Philosophers Weigh In

    Over the past several months, Veritas Journal has featured several quick takes on the long-running debate between line and color in the history of western art. Imagine for a moment if we could transpose this debate into another key ... What might modern philosophers have to say on the question?

  • By an Unexpected Way

    There are a lot of people who would like to do something beautiful for God, but they have no idea where to start ... they are hungry to draw close to God and they want to do something with him, but they don't know how. I'm hoping people will read these stories and realize they don't need to know how!

  • The Infinite Coast

    According to the U.S. state department the coastlines of Washington, Oregon and California together measure 2,131 km. This would seem to settle things. But the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.) says that number should be 3,288 km. Has at least one of these agencies measured ... poorly?

  • What’s In A Translation?

    Every year when I read the Iliad with my students, I pick up a new translation. I laugh out loud with delight when I read fresh characterizations of old characters. Odysseus described as a complicated man or Agamemnon as a drunkard. I love it when ancient heroes or villains shout contemporary phrases. "You’re both whining," says Nestor to Agamemnon and Achilles. Did ancient Greeks whine? Of course they did. Then of course I love comparing translations and seeing how translators grasp the tragedy of the poem.

  • Still He Comes

    The other day I heard the line sung "let every heart prepare him room" and it made me grieve. I have not prepared him room very well in my heart as of late. What's more, the season for such things is upon us and I—well, I just flat out haven't done much thinking about the coming of Christ.