Scott Postma

A blog about the Great Books, the Craft of Writing, and Human Flourishing.

A Dirty Word

Humanism is a dirty word to a lot of Christians. As an ethical posture, humanism claims to promote social justice on behalf of the dignity of the human being. As a philosophy it emphasizes reason and naturalism, and vehemently opposes the metaphysical, specifically faith and religion. Very often the adjective […]

A Theology of Contemplation

At the root of Christian Humanism–the study of the Great Books, Human Letters, or the Liberal Arts, toward the pursuit of the true, good, and beautiful–is a theology of contemplation. Though this leisurely art is an important feature of being human, it is all but lost in 21st-century America. It’s no […]

The Priceless Discipline of Sharing

I recently encountered a statement in which the author wrote, “The discipline of sharing something daily is priceless.” By sharing he meant practicing his craft by getting it out to his audience. He was not saying the thing he was sharing was priceless (though, obviously it was important) but the […]

How to Slay the Dragon of Classroom Anxiety

I’ve written about this before, but when I was in the second grade, my teacher kept a barf bag in her desk just for me. At the time, I didn’t realize there was an actual name for my experience, but if I was in a public elementary school today, I […]

Book Review: Thoughts on The Double Helix by J.D. Watson

The Double Helix is not a science book; rather, it is a literary book about scientists—a fascinating account of one of the most important discoveries of the 20th-century. Sir Lawrence Bragg advises the reader of this important fact in the Forward when he outlines what he believes are the three […]

What is Truth?

What is truth? This is the famous statement Pilate asked Jesus just before he crucified him. Spiritual revelation aside, this is also the question humans have been asking for nearly all of our existence on the earth. But does truth matter? Does it really concern any of us if someone […]

What is the Happy Life?

In Steven Conrad’s 2006 drama, The Pursuit of Happyness, Chris Gardner (the protagonist played by Will Smith) lays the thesis of the film at the feet of the viewers when he says, “It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence and the part […]