Scott Postma

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Value Creation Starts with Better Reading

In a previous post, I asserted value creation is one of the most important responsibilities an effective writer has. I explained that writing is not just about self-expression, per se, but about creating value for your readers. In order to do this effectively, you have to know your readers. But there is something else just […]

Now and Later: A Quick Word on YOLO

Aristotle believed poetry was a more philosophical and higher art than history because poetry expresses the universal. Poetry is a picture of man’s imagination, what he is capable of. History on the other hand expressed the particular. It is simply an account of what had actually happened. While I think Aristotle […]

Why Thucydides Still Matters

Of the numerous intrigues present in The Peloponnesian War, Thucydides’ (pronounced: thoo sid id ees) use of speeches is paramount. Within the narrative he includes forty-one different speeches. What is so interesting is how Thucydides approaches the inclusion of these speeches compared to how he ascertains his information for his narrative. […]

How’s That for Application?

  Donald Trump has never taken a logic course to my knowledge; neither has Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, that I’m aware of. But I’ll get to that in a minute… The science of human reasoning is called logic, and likely no other has contributed more immensely to the field than Aristotle, […]

C.S. Lewis: An Admonishing Angel for the Modern Age

Heaps of tailings have been strewn outside deep shafts where not a few prospectors have sought to discover the rich vein that makes C.S. Lewis’s corpus worth its weight in gold. Like the 49ers of the California Gold Rush, hoards of writers, educators and theologians have flocked to the Sutter’s […]

Love, Exile, and ‘The Divine Comedy’

Dante wrote the Commedia in 1307 while in exile, as one who had learned “how salt is the bread of exile.” In the introduction to the part of the Commedia called “Paradiso,” he asserts the end of his project as a whole as well as in this part “is to […]

Finding Meaning in Literature

In chapter two of Christianity and Literature, Jeffrey and Maillet lament, “Many literary majors…graduate without any clear sense of whether literary theory enables them to find…any truth, goodness, beauty or even any meaning in literature.” Because I’m pursuing a doctorate in literary humanities, this statement resonated with me. If this […]