Category: Christianity

Happiness

Sunday usually gets me thinking about abstract things, such as what I have been thinking about today, happiness. John Steward Mill in arguing for a Utilitarian ethic said that the highest normative principal was Actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness; wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness.…

Pride

Emerson argued that pride always injures–“No man ever had a point of pride that wasn’t injurious to him.” Maybe it doesn’t get you immediately, but eventually pride, to quote Proverbs 16:18, goes before the fall. It is pride that helps elevate us, which exacerbates the fall in when it comes. The apostle Paul had a…

Habits

”We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle was on to something there. I think I now understand those relentless drills we did in Catholic school to learn things like the common prepositions or basic arithmetic formulas. To this day I remember how to find the volume…

Goals

It seems to me that God must have goals, after all, the Bible says that He has a plan and having a plan implies having goals to implement that plan. Beyond the larger plan that God has for all of creation as well as humanity in general, one of the cornerstones of Christian belief and…