Are Atheists Compassionate?

From LiveScience: Atheists and agnostics are more driven by compassion to help others than are highly religious people, a new study finds. That doesn’t mean highly religious peopledon’t give, according to the research to be published in the July 2012 issue of the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. But compassion seems to drive religious people’s [Read More...]

MissioLife: Spiritual Formation

There is a tendency in the church to turn “spiritual formation” into a purely personal and private issue — into something that is between you and God. It is. Spiritual formation is personal but it is never private. This is why I appreciate MissioLife so much: it is about spiritual formation … Personally… Corporately… Locally … [Read More...]

Alone Together

Sherry Turkle has written a very good book, called Alone Together, and this clip from a NYTimes article gives a good feel for where her book takes us in depth: Think of it as “I share, therefore I am.” We use technology to define ourselves by sharing our thoughts and feelings as we’re having them. [Read More...]

Do We Have an Extrovert Ideal? (RJS)

Tuesday morning Scot linked an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education Screening Out Introverts by William Pannapacker. The article is a comment on a new book by Susan Cain Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. From the publisher’s description: Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s [Read More...]

Why is War So Easy for American Christians?

This post is by Patrick Mitchel, an Irish theologian teaching in Dublin at Irish Bible Institute. Being from Europe and writing a post for Jesus Creed, I thought it would be appropriate and interesting to explore European and American attitudes to nationalism and violence. No more feisty conversation partner than Stanley Hauerwas will be found in [Read More...]


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