Author Archives: Dr. J

About Dr. J

I am an Associate Professor and head of the Department of Humanities at Faulkner University. I am also Associate Editor of the Journal of Faith and the Academy.

St. Thomas Defends the Filioque Clause

We have no significant milestones to report in the Great Books Project this week, although we are closing in on the 5,000-page mark in the Man and Society category. Gibbon, no doubt, will carry us through in the next couple … Continue reading

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The Killer Is Revealed

It’s shaping up to be a challenging week in the Great Books Project. Our psychology reading is quite long, and we have a short work by Kant as well. Hang in there, and flee to Dostoevsky if the pressure builds … Continue reading

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William James Argues for the Soul

This week in the Great Books Project we return to the wisdom of the Stoics after a lengthy hiatus. It’s time to begin Book II of Epictetus’s Discourses. Here are the readings for the coming week: The Brothers Karamazov by … Continue reading

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Humans are Bundles of Habits

This week in the Great Books Project, in addition to breaking the 20,000-page barrier I referenced last time, we will also pass the 6,000-page mark in the Imaginative Literature category. Here are the readings for the coming week: The Brothers … Continue reading

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Constantine’s Conversion Was Real

This week we come within a hair of 20,000 pages in the Great Books Project. Let’s get right to it. Here are the readings for the coming week: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Part IV, Book X (GBWW Vol. … Continue reading

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Christian Faith and Social Justice on the Tom Woods Show

This week I had the opportunity to appear on the Tom Woods Show to discuss my contributions to Christian Faith and Social Justice: Five Views. I walk through the case for libertarianism I presented in my foundational essay and then … Continue reading

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Dmitri Karamazov Puts His Foot in It

This week in the Great Books Project we pass the 5,000-page mark in the Philosophy/Theology category. I suppose it’s only fitting that we do so with Plato. Here are the readings for the coming week: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor … Continue reading

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One More Post about the Hobby Lobby Case (and Spinal Tap)

I tried. I really did. I resolved not to make a post about the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case. But in the end I couldn’t resist. Don’t judge. You’ve read umpteen posts about the decision, yet you … Continue reading

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The Scandalous Decomposition of Elder Zossima

Everyone is talking about the Hobby Lobby case today, but I haven’t heard a single national news outlet mention that today also marks the halfway point of the Western Tradition’s Great Books Project, 2011-2017. What is wrong with the world? … Continue reading

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Totalitarianism and the Rule of Law

Even though working at a small university like mine means I spend most of my time handling my course load, every now and then I get to Think Big Thoughts and discuss them with colleagues. One such occasion was on … Continue reading

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