On the need for emotion

There’s been some hubbub in Reformed circles recently about how you’re supposed to tell your feelings to “shut up” because presumably Jesus wants you to. Ultimately it doesn’t matter if you’ve been following the back-and-forth; it’s something that tends to crop up a lot in those theological circles.

Here’s what I think about that: aside from setting yourself up to ignore all kinds of atrocities, ignoring your feelings is just terrible creative practice.

I mean, Aristotle’s rhetoric is built on ethos, logos, and — shocker — pathos.

I wrote something for Medium about this, which you can find here.

There was a familiar joke growing up about why the Devil got all the good music. The joke had no punch line. The joke lay in the asking.

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