On Reading “Writing and Difference” by Jacques Derrida

Like so many books that rest comfortably on my shelves, Writing and Difference was an impulse buy prompted by the dual realization that (1) I know who the author is and why he/she is considered "important," and (2) that I had never actually read that particular author. Being a graduate student in the area of Christian apologetics … Continue reading On Reading “Writing and Difference” by Jacques Derrida

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