All of it Again

Colin Aitken
Faith, Justice, Mental Health, and exactly one post about spiders
Created 02 Jul 2021
  • Evil you can't make sense of
    18 Nov 2021 • 6 min read
    [content warning: extreme wartime violence, including against civilians] I recently finished reading Jason Stearns’ Dancing in the Glory of Monsters, a deeply unsettling attempt to make sense of the v...
  • Who does God consider a Christian?
    13 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 0 1
    Imagine you were a Christian senator, who spoke regularly about your faith and your fear that America was turning away from its Christian values. When it came to light that America was ripping childre...
  • A Lion, A Bear, and a Snake
    08 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    If you’ve followed this blog for a while (or, honestly, ever asked me for my opinion on Christianity), you might have heard me complain about things like: A church culture focused purely on “talking a...
  • It's the hope that kills you
    04 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 1 2
    The beauty and the terror of the Christian life are one and the same: we are never quite at home on this earth. That’s a good thing, because the world is the sort of place that ought to make us uncomf...
  • Some things to look for when selecting a therapist
    27 Oct 2021 • 10 min read • 2 2
    [Edit: scroll to the bottom for some additional advice from my friend Lillian McKinley!] One downside of our society’s general “uncomfortable silence” approach to mental illness is that when you do de...
  • Depression has nothing to do with my soul
    21 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    (Usual mental health disclaimer that I’m fine and getting professional help and all that.) I don’t know how to describe how I’ve felt the past couple of days other than profoundly sad. After a couple ...
  • Why is the church so bad at talking about mental health?
    18 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    On one of many evenings I wish I could do over, a friend walked into my dorm kitchen and asked if I “ever felt sad. Like, for no reason, and it just doesn’t go away.” This was junior or senior year of...
  • An Ordinary Plea
    11 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    (This is a revised version of a play I wrote in 2017, which I’m crossposting as part of the Effective Altruism Forum’s creative writing contest. If performed live, the gender of the main character is ...
  • Why is the world ending?
    02 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    (content warning: climate anxiety) Everything happens for a reason, of course. I didn’t get into MIT for grad school because God wanted to me to meet my wonderful Chicago friends. I got depression bec...
  • The Road to Hell is Paved with Definitions
    23 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    I had a long chat with my therapist the other day, which culminated in her explaining that she thought one of the feelings I’ve been classifying as “anxiety” might be more accurately labeled “anger”. ...
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