According to a new code of etiquette, it’s not enough to ask someone’s name. You also need to ask, “what’s your PGP?” That is, your “preferred gender pronoun.” The choices may be “he” or “she” or “they” or the newly-coined “ze.” [Read more…]
Oswald Bayer, emeritus professor of theology at the University of Tübingen, is a widely-respected thinker who engages with contemporary thought on a very sophisticated level. As we’ve blogged, he is sometimes associated with the Radical Orthodox movement and he is considered a rather cutting-edged theologian. But his emphasis is the Gospel and the Word of God. [Read more…]
Not long ago we posted about the theological and philosophical movement known as Radical Orthodoxy, asking whether Lutherans could have a seat at that table. Well, in another context, my friend George Strieter put me on to Johann Georg Hamann, a devout Lutheran who was friends with Kant and Hegel but who critiqued their philosophies with some extremely innovative philosophy of his own. It turns out, Hamann’s thought is said to be a major influence on ” Oswald Bayer, John Milbank and David Bentley Hart.” The latter two are the most prominent figures in Radical Orthodoxy. And that Oswald Bayer , perhaps the favorite contemporary German theologian at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, is mentioned here puts him in the company of the radically orthodox. [Read more…]
Nervous Washington Post employees are wondering what life will be like under their new boss, Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com. So some of the newspaper’s reporters did a bit of investigative journalism on what Bezos is like to work for. The article is worth reading for his exploration of the distinctive management style of the man Warren Buffett calls “the ablest CEO in America.”
After discussing such things as Bezos’ long-term thinking, his willingness to experiment, his disdain for bureaucracy, his demand for efficiency, and his high standards for performance (which allow for productive failures), reporters Craig Timberg and Jia Lynn Yang tell about this ultimate book-seller’s belief in the “power of words.”
They warm the cockles of this English professor’s heart when they describe how Bezos doesn’t allow PowerPoint, thinking the bullet-point approach leads to simplistic thinking, making his workers write papers instead, since the very act of writing forces them to focus their thinking and to explore their ideas. [Read more…]
The royal baby has been named: George Alexander Louis. If all goes well for the young tyke, he will someday become King George VII. His parents went with a very traditional name for an English monarch. I was wondering if we would have something more modern. King Dylan. King Aidan. King Todd.
After the jump, an explanation for the lad’s names. (I don’t think royals have a last name.) [Read more…]