Josh Herring is dean of classical education for Thales Academy Apex JH/HS, a Ph.D. student at Faulkner University, and host of The Optimistic Curmudgeon podcast. He tweets @theOptimisticC3. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in Wendell, N.C.
Posts by Josh Herring
June 01, 2023
I keep rereading James Fishback’s essay on high school debate. Published May 25 in the Free Press
, he called out the national circuit of high school debate for being partisan, polarized, and punitive toward any students with sane, moderate, or conservative arguments. Continue Reading...
May 02, 2023
Abigail Favale’s The Genesis of Gender: A Christian Theory
presents a positive vision of gender as part of God’s good creation. She describes and responds to contemporary gender theory, showing how it is contradictory to the Christian understanding of gender in general. Continue Reading...
January 19, 2023
If a Christian scholar has figured out a way to wrestle with critical theory through a biblical lens, that would be an important book. Unfortunately, Christopher Watkin’s Biblical Critical Theory: How the Bible’s Unfolding Story Makes Sense of Modern Life and Culture
is mistitled. Continue Reading...
August 12, 2022
On August 5, The Sandman
dropped on Netflix. For Neil Gaiman’s existing fanbase, this show was the fulfillment of decades of longing to see a beloved story brought to life. Rumors have circulated over the years that Gaiman’s 75-issue comic series (variously collected in 10 graphic novels and the three-volume Absolute Sandman
) would come to the screen, but such projects never materialized. Continue Reading...
May 25, 2022
The year 2016 brought the progressive extreme of American politics into national discussion. Bernie Sanders and Democratic socialism became familiar phrases; Elizabeth Warren promised free daycare and free college; Andrew Yang’s one-issue focus made universal basic income seem plausible. Continue Reading...