Creation, Day Two: in Which Not Much Happens?

And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”  And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse.  And it was so.  And God called the expanse Heaven.  […]

Where Does Darkness Come From? Creation, Day One

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(For the first post in this series, see “In the Beginning“) When children in Sunday School learn about the six days of creation, they usually don’t ask why the only thing created on Day One was light.  In other creation stories, solid “things” come first: rocks or water or a surging mass of elements, or […]

Here's to the Patriarchy


Those days are behind us, they say, except when some irritating male trait pops up in the workplace or too many men gather around the hyper-masculine president while he’s signing a bill.  Patriarchy deserves no respect. The new definition is toxic masculinity, two words that tell you all you need to know about the proper […]

Friday Night Fathers


Since my husband and I married some decades ago, we’ve never owned a television.  That used to be saying something: now not so much because any show can be streamed over any electronic device, and we do have a few of those.  Still, the very idea of owning an entire TV series would have never […]

Can We Talk?  Round and Round on Immigration


Janie and Charlotte, good friends from college who have gone their separate ways politically, try to be reasonable about some hot-button issues.  We’ve talked about religious freedom, the proper role of government, and state-supported health care.  Then . . . Janie: So here’s what happened: I threw you a short list of topics, and you […]

Nine Things the Church Needs to Understand about Art (and Artists)

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Art is not a separate category of human endeavor, like “business,” “psychology,” “pest control,” “education,” or “politics.”  Some men and women make a living by creative pursuits, and we call them “artists” (or dancers, authors, screenwriters, photographers).  But in the broadest sense, art is something we are all called to, as imitators of our creative […]

Sad Kids


At National Review, Mona Charon writes about an extensive study reported in the journal Translational Psychiatry: “Sex differences in recent first-onset depression in an epidemiological sample of adolescents.”  (Here’s an abstract of the study)  The sex difference findings are interesting—teen girls are twice as likely as boys to feel depressed—but the real punch to the […]

On the Brink of Disaster

For the last week an old spiral-bound journal has been occupying my desk.  I like to browse my journals for ideas occasionally, to see if I’ve grown out of certain kinds of angst.  Here’s an entry from June 1999: Sometimes the world tilts like a ride at the county fair when everyone on deck pretends […]

Spirit in the Qubits


Just when you think you might have a grip on Schrodinger’s cat, along come qubits.  I started hearing about this when a theoretical 7-qubit computer made the news in the spring of 2000.  Now teams are experimenting with a 20-qubit computer, and a 49-qubit machine is supposed to be just around the corner.  49 is […]