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I am Jeff McMahon. I teach college English, I'm married to a middle school English teacher, and we have a "rescue" dog, Gretchen, with special emotional needs, though I imagine we're now just as dependent on Gretchen as she is on us. herculogical@verizon.net
Interests: power yoga, combat conditioning, cars that possess the i've-got-to-have-it factor, vegetarian cooking, blissed-out naval-gazer and underground dream pop music, a few well-chiseled books. other website: http://herculodge.typepad.com/
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I've been moved by my readings of Pascal, Thomas V. Morris, and Peter Kreeft. I'm moved by the need to be more like Christ and less like my selfish, concupiscent self. However, the above authors don't address my struggles with Christianity. First, there's the Bro Code, the misogynistic ideas about... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Leaving Anhedonia
Essay 3 for 1,400 words typed options and 3 sources: Due October 20 One. Support, refute, or complicate the argument that “Against School” and “Preparing Minds for Markets” persuasively evidence that American education is more about protecting private business interests,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Breakthrough Writer
Essay Two, drawn from the book From Inquiry to Academic Writing, Is Due October 17: Choose One: Writing Assignment Option 1 In the context of the Media Studies essays in Chapter 13, support, refute, or complicate Turkle’s argument that technology is degrading our humanity in many ways, not the least... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Critical Thinker
Essay 3 for 1,400 words typed options and 3 sources: Due October 20 One. Support, refute, or complicate the argument that “Against School” and “Preparing Minds for Markets” persuasively evidence that American education is more about protecting private business interests,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Breakthrough Writer
Essay Two, drawn from the book From Inquiry to Academic Writing, Is Due October 17: Choose One: Writing Assignment Option 1 In the context of the Media Studies essays in Chapter 13, support, refute, or complicate Turkle’s argument that technology is degrading our humanity in many ways, not the least... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Critical Thinker
I contemplate Pascal's Night of Fire and my own similar experiences at Taco Bell and sitting in a lit class at Castro Valley High, both at age seventeen right before my fear of Hell. Then I contemplate my descent into the dark woods of concupiscence and moral bankruptcy and I... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Leaving Anhedonia
As I was reading reviews of Richard Price's Blaming Jesus for Jehova, I came across this intriguing blog from a "former fundamentalist" and engineer. Some former Christians find their healing from the pain of believing in hell (like those Japanese converts in the 15th Century (see The Life and Letters... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Leaving Anhedonia
Essay 3 for 1,400 words typed options and 3 sources: Due October 20 One. Support, refute, or complicate the argument that “Against School” and “Preparing Minds for Markets” persuasively evidence that American education is more about protecting private business interests,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
Essay Two, drawn from the book From Inquiry to Academic Writing, Is Due October 17: Choose One: Writing Assignment Option 1 In the context of the Media Studies essays in Chapter 13, support, refute, or complicate Turkle’s argument that technology is degrading our humanity in many ways, not the least... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Critical Thinker
One. In the atheist, secular humanist worldview, is there really a form of morality, an evolved form, that is adequate for the human race to flourish? Of course, I am thinking of what I believe is the landmark essay, "If God Is Dead, Is Everything Permitted?" In an atheistic world,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Leaving Anhedonia
Ed, I hope you like it, but in any event I look forward to the review. Jeff
Probably both. I could take a chill pill, for sure.
Essay Two (1,250 words), drawn from the book From Inquiry to Academic Writing, Is Due October 17: Choose One: Writing Assignment Option 1 In the context of the Media Studies essays in Chapter 13, support, refute, or complicate Turkle’s argument that technology is degrading our humanity in many ways, not... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Critical Thinker
Based on your reading of Francine Prose's essay "The Wages of Sin" (181), write a thesis supported by 4 paragraphs in which you argue that overeating is the result of a sin, a disease model, or some other cause. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
As you attempt to make a trek out of anhedonia, a journey that reminds you of Virgil helping Dante leave the Inferno, you consider what are your biggest conflicts. I've thought of two really big conflicts that weigh me down today. My first conflict is my Christian ambivalence. The first... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Leaving Anhedonia
Lack of FM power, makes it unappealing to me.
Essay Two, drawn from the book From Inquiry to Academic Writing, Is Due October 17: Choose One: Writing Assignment Option 1 In the context of the Media Studies essays in Chapter 13, support, refute, or complicate Turkle’s argument that technology is degrading our humanity in many ways, not the least... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Critical Thinker
The reasons people reject Christianity, the reasons that make Christianity most compelling, make me fascinated by this religion more than others. Here is what is compelling about Christianity. It is these compelling facets that make people resist it, and which make me drawn to it: One. Christianity does not flatter... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
The God of eternal hell won Thomas V. Morris’ heart and Pascal’s and Augustine’s. But I feel like my conversion is “adaptive,” meaning I’m trying to adapt to a dangerous environment, meaning I don’t want to go to hell and such a conversion is a weak one. Even Morris would... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
In the last month, I've reread Peter Kreeft's Christianity for Modern Pagans and Thomas V. Morris' Making Sense of It All, both studies of Pascal's Christian apologetics in the form of Pascal's Pensees. These books are the most powerful, compelling apologetics I've ever read. They have influenced my view of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
English 1A Syllabus for McMahon’s Spring 2017 Office H121P; Phone Extension: 5673 Office Hours: Mon and Wed: 2:30-3:45; Tues and Thurs: 12:30-1 and 3:30-4:15 Email: jmcmahon@elcamino.edu Course Catalog Description: This course is designed to strengthen the students’ ability to read with understanding and discernment, to discuss assigned readings intelligently, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Thanks, Gary: Here is Jay's PR-D6 review. https://radiojayallen.com/sangean-pr-d6-amfm-portable-radio/ Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Herculodge
The debate about the nature of hell is evident in this Patheos post. I find the comments very interesting to read. If I were an atheist or rather if I were oblivious to all religion, I was thinking yesterday, I would hunger for something larger than myself. Many of us... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia