Movies that are explicitly Christian are often moralistic and preachy, with characters that are stereotyped and idealized. As such, they often don’t display the gritty conflict between sin and grace that Christianity is all about. Christian movies aren’t the only films with these kinds of faults, as Jackson Cuidon shows in his review of 42, about Jackie Robinson and the integration of baseball.
April 23, 2013 by 5 Comments
In my field of higher education, the big idea is assessment. Accreditors are requiring that we assess what we do; that is, that we give evidence for the quality and effectiveness of our programs and operations. Businesses too are measuring product quality and customer satisfaction. But there is almost no assessment of government programs. Very little data is gathered to determine whether or not a program works or fulfills its purpose. As a result, once a program is enacted, it is almost impossible to kill. But now some economists are proposing ways to bring assessment to the government. [Read more…]
April 22, 2013 by 50 Comments
Atheists in Boston are complaining that they haven’t been invited to participate in the interfaith services held in connection to the Boston Marathon bombings. See No Room for Non-Theists at Boston Interfaith Service | (A)theologies | Religion Dispatches. [Read more…]
April 22, 2013 by 38 Comments
Here is a fascinating account of the police work that led to the identification and apprehension of the Boston Marathon bombers: Police, citizens and technology factor into Boston bombing probe – The Washington Post.
The legal issue now is whether “Jahar,” the surviving terrorist, should be considered an “enemy combatant” or whether he should be given all of the legal rights to which he is entitled as an American citizen, including the right to remain silent. What do you think?
April 22, 2013 by 29 Comments
The Boy Scouts of America will propose a change to their policies that will admit gay members but still not allow gay scout leaders. Is that a good compromise? Gay activists are attacking the proposal, insisting that the scouts also allow for gay leaders. The organization will vote on the proposal in May. [Read more…]
April 19, 2013 by 139 Comments
From Fox News:
BREAKING: A day-long dragnet for the second of two brothers believed to be behind Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing ended Friday night, with police capturing the suspect covered in blood and hiding in a boat in the backyard of a man who called 911 after become suspicious of activity on his property. [Read more…]