Preliminary Notes on the Riddle of Self in Lilith, Part V

We have, then, a simple, direct motion of the will by which the self grounds itself, or chooses to be grounded in, the power that established it–its causing life, as MacDonald would say. We could characterize it simply as obedience to the command, “You shall love the Lord you God, with all your heart, with… Continue reading Preliminary Notes on the Riddle of Self in Lilith, Part V

Preliminary Notes on the Riddle of Self in Lilith, Part IV

Through his temporal-spatial dislocation into a new world, and through Mr. Raven’s questioning, Mr. Vane has become aware of the problem of self, the problem posed by his individual existence. The awareness that he does not know, is not at home in, the world has helped mediate to him the awareness that he does not… Continue reading Preliminary Notes on the Riddle of Self in Lilith, Part IV

Preliminary Notes on the Riddle of Self in Lilith, Part II

The first problem facing Mr. Vane in the story is how he is to make himself at home in an utterly unfamiliar world. His temporal-spatial dislocation is far more obvious to him than his existential dislocation, and demands to be dealt with first. But his demand for information is met with a philosophical reply, as… Continue reading Preliminary Notes on the Riddle of Self in Lilith, Part II

MacDonald and Kierkegaard: Sonship and the Knight of Faith

Recently, I have been trying to describe the particular concerns of George MacDonald’s theological writing that could, I believe, with some fairness be described as existentialist. In the process, I have learned that the label “existentialist” is a slippery one, and that there is no universal agreement on to whom it should be applied. If… Continue reading MacDonald and Kierkegaard: Sonship and the Knight of Faith

An Epistemology of Trust

I was hoping to post more frequent updates on my George MacDonald writing projects, but until now I have found that my very absorption with writing has kept me from being able to distill what I have been doing in the form of a post. Our recent 12-day visit with my parents in western Washington… Continue reading An Epistemology of Trust

Why don’t we treat division like subtraction?

This article was inspired by the Teaching Mathematical Thinking course that I took this past week. Because the math formatting didn’t copy over, I decided to insert it here as a PDF.

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Summer Schedule

There are few things more thrilling for a teacher than the world of possibilities opened up by the start of summer vacation. Besides spending more time with my wife and kids, my number one priority this summer is writing. My goal is to have a book-length manuscript drafted by the time I return to school… Continue reading Summer Schedule