At the Intersection of Faith and Culture

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…

In a previous essay, I noted the inherent deficiencies of all technique-based, real world self-defense combat systems that stress survival as the ultimate aim of a violent confrontation. A brief recap: The techniques taught not only tend to be selectively redacted from the intricate constellation of natural movements in which human bodies can and do…

In 2020, after nearly 20 years of marriage, my now ex-wife and I divorced.   Some months afterwards, I decided to give online dating a shot. Bear in mind, when I first got together with my ex, when we began dating, it was 1998.  So, meeting women in the virtual world has been a truly new…

Be Safe. In the COVID era, this is the refrain that one can expect to hear from those who have spent the last year paralyzed by fear over the possibility of contracting The Plague. Interestingly—even if, for reasons that I won’t bother delving into here, not at all surprising—those who are most fearful for their…

Just the slightest acquaintance with the world’s great wisdom traditions readily reveals that for all of their differences, there is overlap. Their founders and adherents emphatically agree upon some fundamental, interrelated points: (1)What appears to be real is not really real; and (2) Enlightenment consists in appreciating (1) so that one can then emancipate oneself…

The left’s going to take our speech! They are going to take our guns! They are going to rob of us of all our freedoms! So shriek a good number of the 80 million or so Americans who believe (justifiably) that their votes for Donald Trump’s reelection were stolen. Of course, conservatives and libertarians have…

Within the martial arts world, there exists two distinct, ultimately incompatible models:  Martial Arts-As-Sport (MAAS) and Martial Arts-As-War (MAAW). Admittedly, not every martial artist recognizes this distinction, for far too many practitioners of MAAS don’t recognize that they are indeed students of a sportive, a competition or contest-oriented, art.  Boxers, UFC/MMA contestants, wrestlers, and students…

Since forever, Republican politicians and their apologists in conservative media would assure their constituents that unless the latter voted “Republican,” the country would go to Hell in a handbasket—or, what amounts to essentially the same thing, be “fundamentally transformed” into a socialist dystopia. We owe it to ourselves and, especially, to our children, you see,…

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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