Archives for January 2012

Fear vs. Anxiety

Here is a simple sketch by Joseph Ledoux of the difference between fear and anxiety: You are taking a walk in the woods ― pleasant, invigorating, the sun shining through the leaves. Suddenly, a rattlesnake appears at your feet. You experience something at that moment. You freeze, your heart rate shoots up and you begin [Read More…]

Our Cultural Divide

Charles Murray, in his WSJonline piece, observes the new cultural divides. (But I have to say that basing one’s report on de Tocqueville, no matter how much the intelligentsia read him, is spurious. There was nothing but impressions at work in that man’s work.) Still, some interesting numbers are at work today and Murray presses [Read More…]

Quantum Leap

I can think of a handful of reasons to read biographies, and in parenthesis is someone for whom that reason applies: to learn more about someone you like to read (Twain), to get the inside scoop on someone you don’t (admittedly so) like to read (Mencken), to understand the historical context and development of a [Read More…]

Want to Defend the Faith? Read this

Some people specialize in apologetics (like Lee Strobel); some apologists love to debate (like William Lane Craig); others approach the issues from subtle angles (like John Polkinghorne). Some are convinced by apologetics and become believers, while the standard observation is that Christians read the apologists and to to hear them and that apologetics then becomes [Read More…]

Another Benefit for Coffee Drinkers

Marni Jameson, down in Orlando. (And I’d urge you to try some Intelligentsia.) Scientists have long known that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, but researchers out of China may have figured out why. Researchers Ling Zheng, of Wuhan University, and Kun Huang, of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, have [Read More…]


Mike Clawson, PhD student at Baylor, had a paper of his published on Roger Olsen’s site, and I am clipping his first two paragraphs. I agree with Mike on this: this movement in America can be described — analytically, historically, reasonably — as neo-fundamentalism. That designation, while for many seen as a slam, is not [Read More…]

A Church Dilemma

I got this letter yesterday, and I pass it on to you for two reasons: Have you heard about this? What do you think? Since States or the Feds are now requiring businesses, and that means churches too, to provide health insurance for any employee working over 30 hours, churches are now reducing staff to [Read More…]

Does God Still Speak?

What do you think? Do you think God still speaks? Or, more or less, do you think God quit speaking when the apostles died or when the last New Testament book was written? These are the questions of Rodney Reeves in his book Spirituality according to Paul: Imitating the Apostle of Christ. We can ask this [Read More…]

iPad’s Writing Kit

Tim Maly has a sketch of a new iPad app, and I wonder if anyone here is using it. Any reports? Confession: I use an iPad and I carry it in a ClamCase — and I love it though I think the space bar on the keyboard is not as smooth as it could be. [Read More…]

Perhaps we have the more original English accent

Fascinating report from Mental Floss about the so-called English accent vs. the American accent: As for the “why,” though, one big factor in the divergence of the accents is rhotacism. The General American accent is rhotic and speakers pronounce the r in words such as hard. The BBC-type British accent is non-rhotic, and speakers don’t pronounce the r, leaving hard sounding more [Read More…]