Books Received: Lay Intellectuals in the Carolingian World

By Sheldon Over the last few years I have been involved in a long-term experiment that concerns the role to be played by lay scholars in a local church community. This began back in 2009 when we were living in … Continue reading

Timothy Snyder’s “On Tyranny”

By Sheldon I just finished readingĀ On Tyranny. Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century by Yale historian Timothy Snyder. It is a very important book that everyone who harbors anxiety about the future of the United States should read, and read … Continue reading

Whole Earth and Hippy Wisdom

Lately I had the good fortune to hear from an old friend of mine, Richard “RJ” Jergenson, who, along with his brother Phil is one of the pioneers of the grid beam construction and prototyping system. I’ve written about this … Continue reading

A Proposal Regarding Local Scholars-in-Residence

What follows is a document that I hope to publish as a short booklet. The purpose is to suggest making the institution of a “Scholar-in-Residence” a regular part of church parish life. Although this document is targeted at an ecclesiastical … Continue reading

Reflections at the Conclusion of an Old Testament Podcast

By Sheldon Greaves Some of you may know that I have been producing a podcast called “Discovering the Old Testament” over at another of my websites, lafkospress.com. The podcast is also available on iTunes and various other podcast sites. It … Continue reading

Editorial Note

By Sheldon Greaves In addition to my posts on Cogito!, I have also posted to other blogs. One of these, Unexpected Leisure, grew out of my effort to make sense of losing my job as a result of the worst … Continue reading

Contemplating the Monastic Option

Some of my recent reading has been some very interesting material by Morris Berman, an author who is new to me and, I find that I have been missing something. His work is well-considered, well-sourced, and easier to read than … Continue reading

On Slow Reading Seminars

It’s long past time that I describe an extended experiment in group learning conducted over the last few years. The setting was Christ Church Episcopal in Portola Valley, California, where my spouse and I were Scholars in Residence, conducting seminars … Continue reading

What Climate Scientists Need to Learn From Intelligence Analysts

I have watched the debate between climate scientists and the global warming deniers with a great deal of frustration, but until recently I could not articulate clearly why I found it so exasperating. It seems that the denier camp has … Continue reading