Thrive Not Just Survive

A strictly Darwinian process of evolution is insufficient to account for a universal principle such as the pursuit of happiness. Admittedly, natural selection as an unguided (“blind”) and purposeless process may explain why human beings seek to survive, but it fails to explain why we seek to thrive. Human flourishing seems superfluous to the individuals who are chosen to pass …Continue reading →


In Rubén Darío’s poem, “Los Motivos Del Lobo” (“The Motives of the Wolf”), St. Francis of Assisi converts a wolf into being civilized but only temporarily does the feral canine stop the slaughter of animals and humans in the hills of an Italian town, Gubbio. At first the wolf conforms to the ways of the community enjoying its peace. But …Continue reading →


There are basically two types of skeptics: one that builds and the other that destroys. The former curiously takes things apart so she can know how things work, and because she respects the inherent design structure of the object she puts it back together again so others can enjoy it also. The latter anxiously pulls at the very fabric of …Continue reading →

The Running Man

I wrote this poem about the recent death of a close friend of mine. The world lost a wonderful warrior of God. But what is our loss is heaven’s gain. I will forever remember his compassionate soul. The only contrast here, in the City of Gold, is the ample gems under my feet. Fluorite and tanzanite, topaz and amethyst, emerald …Continue reading →

Liberation Theology

If you have ever heard the term “liberation theology” in conversation but were too embarrassed to ask what it meant or maybe you are already acquainted with the term but you would like a relatively terse description of it, then look no further. In this 10 page paper, you will learn the methodology of one of the movement’s favorite sons, …Continue reading →

Omnisubjectivity and Passibility

Click on the link below to read about the relationship between what Linda Zagzebski has doctrinally described as a divine attribute, omnisubjectivity,  and what it means for God to change in his emotions. Omnisubjectivity and Passibility

Episode 4

This episode shows how music applies to human flourishing, especially in the life of San Clemente local reggae musician, Adam Aredondo. Episode 4, Interview with Adam Aredondo

Introduction to Biblical Ethics Podcast

The heart of God is for human flourishing. Episode 3, Intro to Biblical Ethics

“Introduction” to BIBLICAL ETHICS: An Exegetical Approach to the Morality of Happiness

IDEAS have consequences. For example, the invention and devastation of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, during World War II, started with an idea of atomic fission. Likewise, beliefs have consequences. For example, the Columbine school massacre on April 20, 1999, the 110th anniversary of Adolph Hitler’s birthday, was in part the result of one of the shooter’s …Continue reading →

San Clemente Street Art

Nietzsche once said that life would be meaningless without music. Actually, he said, “Without music, life would be a mistake” (Twilight of the Idols). I would have to agree. But I would also add that life without art would be absurd. Art is the soul articulating itself in living color! Preparing for this blog entry took me off the beaten …Continue reading →

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