“if not plain stupid”

Vocabulary Round-up

“guache”: lacking ease or grace; unsophisticated and socially awkward.

“For the new generations coming along, they are merely the way things are, and questioning them is made to appear unbearable guache, if not plain stupid.” (Christ and Culture Revisited, p. vii)

“asymptotically”: toward an asymptote: (a line that continually approaches a given curve but does not meet it at any finite distance.)

“We tend to sidle up to the truth, to approach it asymptotically – but it remains self-refuting to claim to know truly that we cannot know the truth.” (Christ and Culture Revisited, 90)

“interlocutor”: a person who takes part in a dialogue or conversation.

“Where Smith carefully distances himself from his imaginary interlocutor, from the “postmodern theologian,” it is over against the former’s commitment to confessional orthodoxy.” (Christ and Culture Revisited, 111)

“salience”: the state of being salient: (most noticeable or important)

“There is an increase in hypothalamic and VTA activity, which is likely correlated to the release of dopamine fueling the salience of the sexual signals.” (Wired for Intimacy94)

“Eating a good meal when hungry, drinking a cool glass of water when thirsty or making love to your wife all have emotional salience.” (Wired for Intimacy, 101)

anomie”: lack of the usual social or ethical standards in an individual or group.

“Richard Neuhaus observes that ‘the destructive effects of anomie and anger are already evident as a result of law divorced from constitutional text, moral argument, and democratic process.'” (A Hunger for God146)

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