Archives for Aug 9, 2011 @ 13:42

What’s your favorite slogan?

What’s your favorite slogan? Mine, from the 70s, “Converse All-Stars, limousines for the feet.” The year was 1907, and legend has it that President Theodore Roosevelt had just finished a cup of coffee at the Hermitage, the Nashville home of President Andrew Jackson, when he declared it “good to the last drop.” Ten years later, [Read More…]

Capabilities Approach

By Martha Nussbaum, on the best ways to help with poverty: Most nations, operating domestically, have understood that respect for people requires a richer and more complicated account of national priorities than that provided by GDP alone. On the whole, they have offered a more adequate account in their constitutions and other founding documents. But [Read More…]

The Search for the Historical Adam 5 (RJS)

We have been working through the recent book by C. John Collins entitled Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?: Who They Were and Why You Should Care. This book looks at the question of Adam and Eve from a relatively conservative perspective but with some nuance and analysis. The questions he poses and the answers [Read More…]

Beyond Cynicism 4

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. I don’t know about you but many of us grew up in or near a populist anti-intellectual evangelicalism, almost suggesting that mind [Read More…]