Archives for Jul 29, 2011 @ 11:18

Ashkenazic Jews are Smarter

By Hank Pellissier: Ashkenazi Jews are smart. Shockingly brilliant, in general. Impressively greater in brain power than the bulk of the human population. How did they get that way? Ashkenazi Jews, aka Ashkenazim, are the descendants of Jews originally from medieval Germany, and later, from throughout Eastern Europe. Approximately 80% of the Jews in the [Read More…]

Apples and Oranges, but still!

From Business Insider: According to the latest daily statement from the U.S. Treasury, the government had an operating cash balance of $73.8 billion at the end of the day yesterday. Apple’s last earnings report (PDF here) showed that the company had $76.2 billion in cash and marketable securities at the end of June. In other words, [Read More…]

Beyond Cynicism 2

Andrew Byers, in his very fine new book, Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint, claims “cyncism is a sickness” and defines it as being contemptuously distrustful of human nature and motives. One of the reasons cynicism develops is legalism, and the cynic, when abandoning legalism, often ends up with a cynical substitute, but [Read More…]

An Anabaptist Theology 4

There are three dimensions to what Anabaptists believe: the personal, the communal, and the missional. Thomas Finger, in his big book A Contemporary Anabaptist Theology: Biblical, Historical, Constructive, seeks to show how anabaptism can be of help to theological discussions today. And he’s not afraid of the big topics, like baptism and the Lord’s supper. [Read More…]