ELSEWHERE: Dallas Willard Has Died

Dallas Willard, philosopher and theologian of the spiritual life has passed away, losing a long battle with cancer.  Best known for his work The Divine Conspiracy, he has been a "quiet revolutionary" advocating for a Christianity that goes beyond American nominalism. May he rest in peace and his work continue to impact the church. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: The Internet Can Get You Married, but It Won’t Keep You Married

Here's a fascinating article on the Internet's role in getting people married. A growing percentage of individuals are starting online relationships that may move toward marriage, though the Internet in all of its capabilities fails to ensure a fail-proof marriage. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: More Evidence Of The Military’s Sexual Assault Problem

Sexual assault is a significant problem within our military, as Lauren Rambo discussed earlier this year. And two recent events serve only as reminders of just how big the problem is. Wired recently acquired a copy of an Air Force brochure on sexual assault that states that, in some cases, it's better to submit to the attacker. And earlier this week, the Air Force's chief of sexual prevention was arrested and charged with sexual battery. The Pentagon estimates that 26,000 cases of sexual assault … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: If You Love Coffee, You’ll Love These Comics

I'm spending my afternoon doing some writing at one of my favorite coffee shops in Louisville, and I just came across this post on Mashable all about coffee. Because I work in a coffee shop and love serving people first thing in the morning before they've had their first cup of java, I get to see how excited people get for that first sip. I see coffee as one of God's graces to mankind, and I hope these comics brightened up your afternoon the way it did mine! … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: The World Wide Web is now 20!

Guess what?  The World Wide Web is now 20 years old!  Originally invented by CERN (also the makers of the Large Hadron Collider), the world wide web has changed everything we know about communication, community and humanity. Rich Galen (Writer for Real Clear Politics) gives us the quick story about CERN and it's original work on the world wide web. (Update: originally said "internet" when we really meant the "World Wide Web") … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Pentagon Silencing Christians in Military?

Ed Morrissey takes a nuanced look at the revised DOD regs on proselytizing. Good on him for not adding to the Todd Starnes scarefest. But I think he's a little too charitable. When I was an Army logistics officer, there was already pressure on chaplains not to pray "in Jesus's name." The military's tendency towards diversitocracy is real and it's harmful - all the more reason to get the story straight. Meanwhile, World Mag picks up the story. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: How Many Philosophers Believe in God?

Two philosophers recently surveyed nearly 2,000 of their fellow thinkers and asked them what they believe when it came to God, free will, moral judgment... and zombies, among other things. (But not those kind of zombies.) The full results can be found here. (Spoiler: 72.8% of those surveyed hold to atheism.) … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Branding Ourselves With Idolatry?

We live in a culture of brand, from Nike to Marvel to Star Wars, and many of us define ourselves by our choice of brands. But how natural is this? Artist/author Debbie Millman did a series of interviews asking this question to modern-day experts on branding in her book Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits. However, if you don't have time to read the whole book, check out Brain Picking's cream of the crop, to give you a taste of what the experts actually think. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Orthodoxy for the Win

Mary Eberstadt has a fascinating article over at Time Ideas about the way historic orthodoxy, or "religious traditionalism," might be on the out politically and legally, but "remains poised to win the wider war over what Christianity will look like tomorrow." … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Statistical Discrepancies

As Mark Twain once stated, "There are lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics".  Statistics are often used to manipulate us into believing things which, simply put, are not true.  Simple shifts in data can change everything.  Thankfully, writers Betsy Stevenson and Justin Wolfers provide a few simple tips for investigating these claims in a recent Bloomburg article. … [Read more...]