Welcome . . .

Welcome to my website. Thanks so much for visiting. You are welcome to explore, but please realize that this is a work in progress. If it seems disorganized, incomplete, and out of date, well, it is - at least in part. Please have patience; I'm in the process of revising and adding many things. Below is a... Continue Reading →

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“Truth Decay”: Arbitrary Facts and Extreme Polarization

Catchy title. Maybe even a little too cute (or trite). But behind the title is, I think, an important - and freely available - study. It speaks spot-on to our political and social reality of the moment. Ongoing and increasing polarization is the gravest threat to the life and integrity of our nation and society. Analysis... Continue Reading →

“Neither Black nor White …”?

"Cosmopolitanism" means, quite literally, that we are all citizens of the cosmos. Equality, in itself, is a very relative, even slippery, concept. It often means whatever the speaker wants it to mean. It may be more reasonable to speak of how relationships among all people would play out in a world as God intends it.... Continue Reading →

Mini-Epic Poetry

In addition to teaching and research, Nicole Coonradt also writes poetry of extraordinary depth and concise expressivity. Here are two recent "Mini-Epics," in which classic stories (with a twist, of course) are told with brevity and pointed wit. CHILDREN OF AN IDLE BRAIN I am sad Hephaesta, marked in the womb to limp the world... Continue Reading →

Creativity in “the Fishbowl”

A friend of mine, Nicole Coonradt, is a professor of English literature at Hillsdale College, a small liberal arts college in Michigan. But where she really finds fulfillment is in helping inmates at Cotton Correctional Facility, a nearby state prison, to discover tools of self-expression to transform their lives. It's the work of people like... Continue Reading →

A Country Still Tragically Divided

Fifty years ago this coming April 4, Martin Luther King, Jr., was murdered at age 38. Today he would have been 89 years old, and his legacy remains more relevant than ever. "The country is still divided by many of the same issues that consumed him," writes John Blake in an excellent essay, Three ways MLK... Continue Reading →

Pegasus over a cliff

Earlier today, a Pegasus Airlines plane skidded off the runway after landing at Treabzon, Turkey, producing some striking pictures. Fortunately, everyone exited safely. I've flown Pegasus several times in Turkey and found the experience quite good. They have a reputation for efficiency and good humor, including a delightful flight-safety announcement. Here's the report in Turkey's Hürriyet Daily News:... Continue Reading →

The Christmas Story

Where does our beloved Christmas Story come from, and how do we celebrate it? Today I gave a Banquet of the Word Presentation briefly outlining the liturgical season of Christmas and the sources for the story of Jesus' birth as we usually hear and tell it. It may be a surprise to find that not everything... Continue Reading →

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