After a long hiatus from blogging, it’s foolish to return by talking about an obtuse idea from philosophy. But here I go– because this concept is essential to understanding so much of what is going on in religion is about. Plus it has the added benefit of clarifying lots of conversations about meaning, love, friendship, virtue… you know, kinda important things. The concept is indexing, and it comes from the American philosopher who founded pragmatism, Charles Sanders Peirce. I know, “pragmatism” doesn’t sound particularly esoteric, so it won’t impress at a dinner party. But understanding indexing is vital to understanding some of the most valuable parts of our experience, so it’s probably worth the trade.