At the Intersection of Faith and Culture

If the last 60 or so years hasn’t been sufficient to do the trick, then the last year alone should have sufficed to convince Americans who tend to vote Republican that doing so is the ultimate exercise in futility. Republican politicians, along with their scribbling and babbling apologists in Big Conservative media (“the Big Con”),…

For all of my adult life, I had always regarded myself as a “conservative.”  No more. The reason for this is as simple as it was sobering for me to finally and fully realize: Conservatism, at least as it is embodied in the persons of so-called “conservative leaders,” meaning Republican politicians and media celebrities, is…

Fear. It’s universal, distributed among humans and animals alike. As such, and as much as we’d like to think otherwise, there are few emotional states, and quite possibly none, that underwrite our politics to the extent that does fear. The reason for this is simple enough: Politics in its barest, most fundamental sense is nothing…

In the contemporary United States (and the Western world generally), misconceptions concerning manliness abound.  These misconceptions derive from a variety of sources that I identified in a previous article.  There the focus was specifically upon the confusion that prevails over the nature of a violent engagement of the type that occurs in a true self-defense…

As I write this, it is Good Friday, the day that Christ, God-in-the-Flesh, died on the Cross. Christians the world over recognize this event as “the Atonement,” the means by which their Lord and Savior, fully God and fully Man, reconciled the Ground and Creator of the cosmos with the human beings who He made…

Warrior Flow Combatives stands alone among martial arts systems in multiple ways.  For present purposes, I focus upon its unabashed declaration of its raison d’etre.  As its founder, USMC Lieutenant-Colonel Al Ridenhour, informs his students: “I’m teaching you how to kill the bad guys.” Strictly speaking, Warrior Flow is not designed to train people how…

A friend of mine, who is not any kind of martial artist, recently expressed during the course of one of our many conversations a point of view that is all too common.  It is treated as axiomatic by most people and even among the vast majority of martial artists and sports contestants. The viewpoint is…

Legion in the martial arts community are those who spend no small measure of time in venues and on forums of various sorts debating over what, if any, is the superior art. By “superior,” it’s critical to grasp, is meant something like most conducive to winning against an opponent in a real street fight. There…

At least in principle, it is common knowledge among martial artists of all varieties that the mental dimension of martial training is no less, and possibly a considerable deal more, essential than is that of the physical dimension (though, of course, vigorous, constant physical training is indispensable). Warrior Flow Combatives, however, has a developed philosophy…

In a previous essay, I shared, or purported to share, some reflections upon online dating from the perspective of a man. Before continuing in that same vein, I should make explicit what was only implicit (though, I think, clear enough) in that piece: My perspective is that of a heterosexual man who, as such, sees…

Jack Kerwick
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Jack Kerwick

I have a Ph.D. in philosophy from Temple University, a master's degree in philosophy from Baylor University, and a bachelor's degree in philosophy and religious studies from Wingate University. I teach philosophy at several colleges in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania areas.

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