Archives for Dec 6, 2012 @ 22:14

On Criticizing Individualism

For decades now Bible scholars and theologians have raised the red flag of warning about individualism. The ironies of the warning, and I confess to part of the red-flag-raising crowd, are ignored: raised often enough by those who are themselves very individualistic, raised by those who are at the same time contending for a gospel and [Read More…]

Reducing Costs

See this? The College Board says that the average yearly cost for a four-year public university for an in-state student is now $8,240.  For a private college, it’s $28,500 per year. William Thierfelder, president of Belmont Abbey College, says that most students are so discouraged with what he calls the “sticker price” of higher education that they don’t [Read More…]

Fiscal Cliff: Bewitchment?

George F. Will: “Philosophy,” said the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, “is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.” In unphilosophic Washington, bewitchment is cultivated. Notice how quickly and thoroughly a phrase used intermittently for more than 50 years — “fiscal cliff” — was made ubiquitous by one of Washington’s least flamboyant speakers [Read More…]

At the Plate

Dude can write: from G. Murphy Donovan: The dinner time family meal is important to forming culture. There are four clear threats to the modern family and possibly civilization at large; cell phones, video games, the internet, and junk food. We allow the first three because they are cheaper than tutors, private schools, and nannies. [Read More…]

Is Evolution a Must Win Issue? (RJS)

Out of Ur – a blog from Leadership Journal at Christianity Today – provides an opportunity to comment on areas at the intersection of “faithful ministry and popular culture”. The issue tackled just recently in a post Is Evolution a Must Win Issue? was evolution and the age of the earth (HT RE). The post [Read More…]

Morality of Emerging Adults

If there is any one go-to thinker about the faith and morals of America’s young adults or emerging adults, it has to be Christian Smith. About a year ago his team (with Kari Christoffersen, Hilary Davidson, Patricia Snell Herzog) produced Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood. Smith’s books have been important contributions in sketch [Read More…]