Archives for Aug 26, 2011 @ 11:45

Religion is tied to education

From EurekAlert, a public release from the American Sociological Association: LAS VEGAS — While religious service attendance has decreased for all white Americans since the early 1970s, the rate of decline has been more than twice as high for those without college degrees compared to those who graduated from college, according to new research to [Read More…]

Student Loans

From The Atlantic, by Daniel Indiviglio: You think the housing bubble was enormous? Meet the education bubble. On Wednesday, an article here by Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus explained the debt crisis at American colleges. But some startling statistics will help to make their analysis a little more tangible. The growth in student loans over the [Read More…]

Margaret River, Roos and Coffee

In addition to lecturing at Vose Seminary, Kris and I took a short vacation south of Perth in Margaret River — “Mahgs” to locals. We are profoundly grateful to Michael O’Neil and Brian Harris for working out this arrangement. We loved the Margaret River area. A brief explanation: Margaret River is a cosy village on [Read More…]

God as the Great Iconoclast

God created humans in God’s own image, and it has been said by many that we humans have returned the favor. We create God in our own image. Robert Banks, in his new book — the result of years and years of pondering and thinking, addresses the history of this very act: of humans remaking [Read More…]

Beyond Cynicism 7

There is a massive difference between intellectual cynicism and wisdom. So Andrew Byers, in his very fine new book, Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint. Andrew claims “cyncism is a sickness” and defines it as being contemptuously distrustful of human nature and motives. The king maintained political stability and the priest religious stability, [Read More…]