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The evidence is mounting that working on a PhD leads to mental health problems: here is some of that evidence.

Its seems that every week I come across an article about how unhealthy pursuing a PhD can be. I’m not talking about how “sitting is the new smoking” – that would be a problem for academics as well. Instead, I’m referring to the mounting evidence that PhD work leads to mental health problems for startling …

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Science, Philosophy and Religion?

Last week I wrote a short piece the for the Fuller Analytic Theology blog. These are my thoughts on a recent talk that Dr. Hud Hudson gave during our weekly fuller Analytic Theology presentation. Hudson’s paper was titled “A Metaphysical Bridge.” It dealt with the interface that analytic philosophy can provide for dialogue between science and religion. …

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Why did God ask Abraham to sacrifice Isaac?

The Sacrifice of Isaac (1966), by Marc Chagall There are likely several reasons, but let me share a Facebook post I wrote up today that may give us one reason that the testing of Abraham’s faith was important, if not necessary.  (Facebook post begins below)… Among other things, the testing of Abrahams faith gives others epistemic …

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Mainstream America: secular “legalism” and the loss of civil “grace.”

The point of this post, in a nutshell, is to draw a link between an bit of church terminology from a past generation (i.e. legalism) and the same behavior manifesting itself in wider society (i.e. thought policing? political correctness? pick-a-better-name?) The solution in both cases is the same; grace. Legalism; an old complaint about the …

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Advice I’ve Gleaned From a Year With a PhD Writing Feedback Group.

For the last year, I have been participating in a group of 6 or 7 people (three postdocs, my supervisor, and a fellow Ph.D. student) reading and giving feedback on each other’s papers. We typically read book chapters prior to submission to publication, and journal articles prior to submission to publishers. From time to time a …

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Discovering myself in the Matrix… the other matrix.

 (This is one of two posts moved from a separate site that I began blogging on before choosing to set up my own site). I am in the second quarter of my Ph.D. program at Fuller Seminary (I’m working in Systematic Theology with a concentration on anthropology an interest in analytic philosophy/theology). I am reminded of …

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