On Reading “Silence” by Shusaku Endo

Spoiler Alert! If you haven't read Silence by Shusaku Endo, then you might want to click away from this post and come back after reading it. If you arrived here through the randomness of the internet, then may I suggest you keep the randomness flowing and click here. I'm currently in a brief break between this semester's … Continue reading On Reading “Silence” by Shusaku Endo

On Reading “Sapiens” and “Homo Deus” by Yuval Noah Harari

Over the weekend, I finished reading Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari. I read it immediately after finishing Sapiens by the same author. Homo Deus is, essentially, a follow-up to and expansion upon Sapiens. I'm the type of person who thinks about the books I read. Because, avocationally, I am first and foremost a writer, I want to understand a book's ideas … Continue reading On Reading “Sapiens” and “Homo Deus” by Yuval Noah Harari

A Reflection on the Meaning of Texts

There is a tendency in many Christian circles -- even in academic ones where people should know better -- to confuse postmodernism with relativism. At many points, this confusion reaches a climax at which the terms postmodernism and relativism are used interchangeably as synonyms. Properly understood, relativism (moral, ethical, cultural, artistic, etc.) is a consequence of certain themes that … Continue reading A Reflection on the Meaning of Texts