"To paraphrase Carly Simon: You’re so vain you probably think this post is about you, don’t you?" Philosopher Rebecca DeYoung is not writing about you. She's writing about the forgotten vice of vainglory.
"People who are extraordinarily beautiful recognize the force of their beauty and underestimate other virtues. How easy is it to forget issues of character when one’s beauty does so much?" Mark Bauerlein reflects on Narcissus, the curse of beauty, and the love of self.
"Mary the Mother of Jesus is a 14-year-old middle-eastern girl, about to become a political refugee, shameful to her family and her betrothed, the kind of person that 'gets put away quietly.' We would ignore her, at best. Maybe we would do much worse." Evan Rosa considers Mary's "Magnificat" and her humility in this Advent reflection.
Free ebook download! Robert C. Roberts asks whether ambition in politics can be balanced with humility, using Abraham Lincoln (a president known both for his humility and his ambition) as a test case. He compares the humble ambition of Lincoln to a couple other politicians you might know.
"If we identify strongly with a political party, it can be rather strenuous to think critically about the candidate who represents that party. We will be inclined to overlook their mistakes, their flaws, and the places where we may disagree with their policies, in order to ameliorate the cognitive dissonance that we would otherwise have to contend with." Kyle Roberts on political dissonance and managing our biases with humility and trust in God.
"Politics is regularly nasty. And in 2015-2016, presidential politics has been more nasty than usual. Furthermore, for a decade and more, political gridlock has prevented our nation from dealing effectively with many crucial problems. So how might Christians contribute to improving our situation?" Ronald J. Sider comments on biblical principles for loving, humble political engagement.
Jennifer Fitzgerald, Mayor of Fullerton, CA, reflects on the low-road to humble service in local politics, noting the challenges of embracing the vocation of a Christian politician.
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