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.

Why Diogenes Refused to Give References

This week in the Great Books Project we will hit the 5,000-page mark in the Man and Society category, although I can’t say I’m really feeling more manly or social than usual. Here are the readings for the coming week: … Continue reading

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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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