ELSEWHERE: 26, Unmarried, and Childless

So much of a woman's identity is defined by her reproductive capabilities. Why can't women be regarded for their character and their good choices that are not related to their relationship status and the ultimate goal of childbearing?  Amanda Bast drives this point home very pointedly in her short, but humorous piece, "26, Unmarried, and Childless." … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: A Beginner’s Guide to David Foster Wallace

Today marks the five-year anniversary of the death of David Foster Wallace, an author whose hyper self-aware prose style has helped shape the contemporary American literary scene. Reading Wallace can be daunting—particularly his dense and often heavily-footnoted fiction, the last iteration of which we reviewed here—but making the effort is apt to pay back dividends. If you're standing on the lip of the pool, unsure of whether to dive in the deep end or step lightly into the shallows, let Cult of … [Read more...]

A Videogame about Cancer, God, and Hope

A videogame about cancer, God, and hope? It's not only possible, it's a reality. Over at Think Christian, Drew Dixon provides an in-depth look at That Dragon, Cancer. Says lead developer Ryan Greene: "I hope that by sharing weakness, players will trust us and by accepting our invitation to walk with us through this valley we've journeyed through with cancer, maybe they will be able to trust in Him." … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Richard Dawkins Stirs More Controversy with ‘Mild Pedophilia’ Statements

Richard Dawkins is no stranger to controversy: the outspoken atheist's criticism of religion has ruffled many a theist's feathers. However, his latest controversial statements don't concern religion, but rather, the "mild pedophilia" he experienced as a schoolchild. Dawkins claims he experienced no "lasting harm" from the experience. Also, he can't condemn the abuse because "you can’t condemn people of an earlier era by the standards of ours." Dawkins has since been criticized by various a … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: The Rare “Good Dating Article” Spotted In the Wild

Grow up in the church and you're going to hear or read some silly things about dating and relationships. Or you may hear some good things said in a silly way. Or you may hear something good repeated so often that it's taken to a silly extreme. Well, this guy, Paul Maxwell, said a sane thing about dating and 'intentionality' over at The Gospel Coalition. It's worth a look. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Here Are 20,000 Reasons Harris Won’t Give up His Scientism

While our James Hoskins has pointed out that Steven Pinker could stand to take a few theology lessons, Ross Douthat's been straightening out Sam Harris on his confused scientism. Apparently he thinks that science can determine human values in a meaningful way, to such a degree that he's willing to pay $20,000 to anyone who can refute his central argument. Of course, that gives him 20,000 reasons to not buy the argument. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: What’s Your Major Worth?

For anyone who still needs it, here’s a study by an economist at Georgetown University offering further evidence that the liberal arts are becoming less and less practical as a career choice. Instead, surprise surprise, engineering and computer science are at the top of the list of lucrative college majors, with liberal arts majors, social work, and psychology near the bottom. The full study is available on Georgetown’s website. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Christopher Lasch Wouldn’t Call Narcissism a Millennial Novelty

Lots of people like writing about Millennials, and lots of people who like writing about Millennials like pointing out how unprecedentedly narcissistic all of the Millennials are.Over at A Common Vision, Daniel Saunders reexamines the phenomenon of narcissism through the lens of Christopher Lasch's still-prescient book on the topic. It seems narcissism as a cultural pathology predates the dawn of the internet and social media and even Millennials, hard as that is to believe. The roots of the … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Stanley Fish on American Education

Is higher education an art or a science?  In a recent opinion piece at the New York Times, respected scholar Stanley Fish observes the ways in which the latter position is ascending in American society, especially with the advent of online education—with potentially troubling consequences that even its advocates admit. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Why Grandpa Should Play Videogames

When my grandfather entered a senior community years ago, I was amused that it offered regular Wii gaming tournaments. I loved the idea of Grandpa competing in virtual bowling or Mario Kart madness. Research now shows videogames benefit older brains, improving activity and communication between brain regions. Although videogames are often discredited, this study points to some redeeming qualities. … [Read more...]