Can Siblings Become Friends?
December 7, 2016

Can siblings become our best friends? Should we expect this? What challenges do siblings face in becoming friends? How might parents foster sibling friendships in the home? I explore these issues at the Biola Center for Christian Studies blog here: Friendship Among Siblings: Embracing the uniqueness of familial bond

Aristotle and the Elections
November 3, 2016

“Now it is best that there should be a public and proper care for such matters; but if they are neglected by the [political] community it would seem right for each man to help his children and friends toward virtue.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Elections can make you wonder about where you live. […]

Quarrel or Conversation
October 12, 2016

Quarrel or conversation. The distinction is significant. And Plato makes it. Today Crisis Magazine posted my thoughts here on how the recent Presidential debates should make us reflect on the importance of this distinction for public life, and for our most intimate relationships. A Lament on the Declining Quality of Public Discourse

Wednesday Quotes
Vulnerable Happiness
September 7, 2016

“That the fortunes of descendants and of all a man’s friends should not affect his happiness at all seems an unfriendly doctrine, and one opposed to the opinions men hold.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle has just argued for one of the cornerstones of his worldview: human happiness most of all consists in […]

Wednesday Quotes
Our Only Refuge?
March 9, 2016

“And in poverty and misfortunes men think friends are the only refuge.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics In sorrow as well as in joy, but even more so in sorrow, we feel that we need to turn to other people. This says much about human life. It is worth asking ourselves: to whom can […]

Wednesday Quotes
The Apology I Owe Her
December 16, 2015

“But in correction, above all avoid anger and bitterness of spirit. Otherwise you may seem to wish not to amend a friend so much as to vent your own spleen. Indeed, I have observed that in reproving friends some people hide their growing bitterness and overflowing rage under the cloak of zeal […]

Wednesday Quotes
By His Countenance and His Words
November 25, 2015

“For a friend, if he is sympathetic, is a consolation both by his countenance and his words, as he knows our feelings and what grieves and comforts us.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics IX The ‘if’ clause is important. Not all the people we call friends are really sympathetic. What grieves me and what […]

Wednesday Quotes
Living with Former Friends
October 7, 2015

“Surely he should keep a remembrance of their former intimacy…” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Sometimes it feels like Aristotle foresaw all the vicissitudes of my life. He muses regarding the issue of the demise of friendships–surely a thorny aspect of human life–and how one should act toward former friends. Things change, circumstances change. […]

Wednesday Quotes
Considered as Triflers
April 1, 2015

“Let us therefore lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; … We are considered by him as triflers…” Wisdom of Solomon, chap. 2 Might someone consider me a ‘trifler?’ The thought is rather offensive. In any case, I find myself hoping that […]