Wheaton College and creationism (ongoing)

Dr. Hawkins’ “worship the same God” comment was in no way a violation of Wheaton’s Statement of Faith — a fact acknowledged behind closed doors even by the provost intent on punishing her for it. Her reference to Sterkfontein, however, may have been. Why, then, did Wheaton’s administrators choose to make her a scapegoat on the baseless pretext of the former rather than going after her on the latter issue where they could credibly claim a more substantive case? [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (1.21)

Ursula K. LeGuin reminds her local paper that public land belongs to the public. Maria Konnikova on why we fall for con games. Woody Guthrie on that racist New York slumlord Old Man Trump. And Carol Howard Merritt on the wage gap in the church. [Read more…]

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More voices on Wheaton’s white gospel

Wil Gafney on Wheaton’s whitening of faith; Wheaton student Ellie Roth and alumnus Tobin Grant discuss the school’s shame; Susan Campbell and Ivy George examine this fear-driven “orthodoxy;” and John Schmalzbauer provides more historical context. [Read more…]

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Tribune report contradicts Wheaton’s sanctimonious official story

This stinks to high heaven. Wheaton loves to think of itself as the “Harvard of evangelicalism.” It’s acting like the Bob Jones of evangelicalism. And Wheaton’s current president, Philip Ryken, seems determined to turn it into the Corinthian College of evangelicalism. [Read more…]

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Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows … and so can you, actually, based on evidence and reason

Lamont Cranston, these pedants insist, was an uncharitable and uncivil fellow. He failed in his moral duty to give everyone the eternal and inexhaustible benefit of the doubt at all times. He failed the test of the presumption of charity, which they say means that everyone, everywhere should always be assumed to be acting and arguing in good faith. These are the Rules of civility and charity, and these Rules must always be followed. [Read more…]

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Why laying off copy editors makes us all dumber and less free

Copy editors help keep readers safe from garbled, meaningless, passive-voice abominations like this form of cop-speak. Such language isn’t written clearly and thus cannot be read clearly. Read too much of it and you’ll cease to be able to think clearly. It’s a way of writing, speaking, and thinking that separates nouns from verbs, and therefore separates causes from effects, and therefore separates power from responsibility. [Read more…]

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Crackpots and candidates: How to lead in the GOP polls

Here again are Maggie Koerth-Baker’s five rules for discerning the difference between a genius and a crackpot. Some of these are so apt at describing the crackpottery of Ben Carson and Donald Trump that I think we could invert and repurpose her list into something like “Five Steps to Dominating the GOP Primary Polls.” [Read more…]

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It’s not rocket science: Why at first I thought Ben Carson was like ‘Good Jackie’

As Ben Carson began repeating the urban legends and folklore of his religious community, I was hearing “stuff that I long ago forgot isn’t general public knowledge.” I remember that stuff, and I remember what it was like to be surrounded almost entirely by others for whom it seemed like “general public knowledge.” And so I assumed that poor Ben Carson was just innocently misinformed. [Read more…]

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