The future of The Thinkery

Several years ago I created a critical thinking workshop and taught it a few times at my church, where I was an associate pastor. It quickly became clear that critical thinking skills are sorely needed (and not just in churches). I created a brand — The Thinkery — as a place where the workshop couldContinue reading “The future of The Thinkery”

Join me on my new adventure?

The Thinkery isn’t what it used to be. In the old days, it was sort of a catch-all for my interests. I wrote blog posts about politics and poetry. I facilitated meetups about disaster preparedness and hell (and, no, these were not the same meetup, although that’s not a bad idea). A few months ago,Continue reading “Join me on my new adventure?”

Is faith rational? It depends.

“How well do CBT [Cognitive Behavioral Therapy] and religion mix? CBT is all about rationality, and religion is often about faith. The two seem kind of opposite. … CBT is … grounded in western empiracism and rationality, and faith is something that is very much different.” (Jason M. Satterfield • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques forContinue reading “Is faith rational? It depends.”

Belief vs. dogma

“Dasher is the fastest reindeer.” “Dasher is the fastest reindeer.” The first statement is a belief. The second statement is a dogma. It’s hard to tell the difference, isn’t it? Let me take the conversation further so that the difference becomes clear. Belief “Dasher is the fastest reindeer.” “Are you sure? I thought it wasContinue reading “Belief vs. dogma”

5 ways to sharpen your thinking skills

We’ve all done it. We’ve inspired a facepalm with a thinking malfunction. But there are ways to minimize facepalms (and worse). Follow these tips to keep your brain out of autopilot, and you’ll see improvement in every area of life. Because thinking is kinda important. THINKING TIP 1 Make the effort. Arguably, the number oneContinue reading “5 ways to sharpen your thinking skills”

The Beginning and End of Suffering • Part 5

Recently I was contacted by a university student writing a paper for a Philosophy 102 course. The topic is the interconnectedness of time and suffering (fascinating!). Finding that I created a course called The Beginning and End of Suffering, she asked for my perspective. I’m sharing these ideas here as a series. I welcome your feedback andContinue reading “The Beginning and End of Suffering • Part 5”

What is The Thinkery?

What the world needs now … people who freely exchange ideas in an atmosphere of truth and respect people who value substance over trifles people who remember history’s evils and build on its virtues people who know what’s going on in the world today and understand what it means for tomorrow people who consider othersContinue reading “What is The Thinkery?”