Archives for December 2012

Neighborly Trust is Up

From USA Today: Americans are a neighborly lot — and increasingly so, according to a national study that finds 76% trust most or some of their neighbors, 44% talk to them frequently and 65% exchange favors. Now in its third year, the Civic Life in America report, released today, asked about trust of neighbors for [Read More…]

Five Degrees of Little “Use”

Yes, you guessed it … my field is one of them! What are they? Do you want to go back to school to earn a degree that could help you impress employers? If your goals include job offers upon graduation, you’ll want to choose your major carefully, says Vicki Lynn, senior vice president of Universum, [Read More…]

From the Shepherd’s Nook – A Pastor’s Take on the New Les Miserables

From John Frye Anyone who knows the storyline of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables (Les Mis) knows that any cinematic rendition will push strongly against the most common USAmerican movie theme: revenge. In conversation recently with friends, we all were troubled by how many movies are driven by the energy of “an eye for an eye, [Read More…]

Is Evangelicalism Ending? 2

David Fitch, in his new book, The End of Evangelicalism? Discerning a New Faithfulness for Mission: Towards an Evangelical Political Theology (Theopolitical Visions), thinks evangelicalism’s influence is more or less over, that it needs to reexamine itself, and that it needs to rediscover what it could be in our world. Here are the problems for [Read More…]

News: Youth vs. Seniors?

From Derek Thompson: In the eyes of employers, marketers, and brand gurus, Generation Y tends to be treated like a separate species, forged in the primordial stew of Internet, whose habits are so positively alien to the rest of the country that they’ve inspired a cottage industry: The How-Do-You-Solve-a-Problem-Like-Millennials?genre. But a new report from the Pew Research Center (pdf) [Read More…]

Words We Don’t (Didn’t) Like

Arika Okrent: What’s your don’t-like word? Mine is delimit. Just as there is nothing certain in this world but death and taxes, there is nothing certain in language but that it will change, and that people will react badly. One of the changes people find most offensive is the spread of professional jargon that has been coined [Read More…]

What About the Virgin Birth? (RJS)

Not quite a year ago I wrote about the relationship of science and virgin birth in the context of John Polkinghorne’s book Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible. Recently I’ve been reading Robert Asher’s new book Evolution and Belief: Confessions of a Religious Paleontologist and here the topic comes up again, but Asher has [Read More…]

Re-Run: Jeff Cook and Desire and God

This post is by our friend Jeff Cook… They Don’t Believe Because Your God Isn’t Desirable I watched the recent debate between William Lane Craig, a Christian, and Sam Harris an Atheist. The debate (seen Here) was over the foundations of morality. The Christian addressed the philosophical question at hand with skill and insight. By [Read More…]

The Dangers of Football

From Melissa Healy, LA Times: WASHINGTON — A new study of brains donated after death details the degenerative brain disease that afflicted 68 of 85 subjects who suffered multiple concussions during stints in the military or in organized sports. Among the deceased athletes whose brains were examined for the study were NFL Hall of Famers [Read More…]

A Satire: God — I don’t believe in people

From the New Yorker, a clip, from Jay Martel: Here’s my problem: I don’t believe in people. To me, human beings and their world are nothing more than the product of our collective imagination, a sad manifestation of our need to feel important beyond our actual existence. I also can’t help feeling that our lives [Read More…]