“Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.”—Samuel Johnson, Rasselas

For those not familiar with Imlac, he is the elderly sage who acts as a guide to the Abyssinian prince and his companions in Johnson’s famous moral fable Rasselas. Some years ago I took “Imlac” as my nom de plume, as he seems an apt patron of my meditations on philosophy and literature. For more on the subject, see my essay “The Christian Philosophy of Samuel Johnson.”

Starting in 2006, I originally used this blog as a writer’s notebook and a place to experiment and develop some of my old posts as articles. Some published essays include “Thinking as a Christian with Josef Pieper” (Homiletic & Pastoral Review) and “On Gratitude and Growing up” (New Oxford Review). Thank you for visiting.