You Don’t Read Homer to Become Smart

Just came across a great essay on the end of education and thinking. It’s over at Humane Pursuits, a website I just learned about, which features some of the nicest aesthetics I’ve seen on a website. Here’s what Liz Horst had to say about intelligence and its ends: We tend to see everything backwards. You [Read More...]

The Nation’s First Hipster President and the Promising Prospects of the Christian Mind

I just had the opportunity to write “A Hipster for King’s College,” a piece for the American Spectator on the recent appointment of Dr. Gregory Alan Thornbury to the presidency of The King’s College in lower Manhattan (it’s located on Wall Street–how’s that for symbolism?). Thornbury, I suggest, is the nation’s first “hipster president.” More significantly, I [Read More...]

The Importance of An Actual Personal Lecture

Saw this in a terrific piece on class lecturing at The Atlantic. In an age gravitating toward online education, essays like this deserve careful consideration. Richard Gunderman, a professor at Indiana University, offers these thoughts on the unique contribution of a live, personal lecture: The core purpose of a great lecturer is not primarily to transmit [Read More...]

David Dockery Transitioning to Union University Chancellorship

Union University just issued a press release indicating that long-time president David S. Dockery will transition to a chancellorship in 2013 or 2014. Here’s a bit: “I am hopeful and prayerful for a good, smooth, joyful and positive transition,” Dockery said. “God has blessed the work of our hands and manifested his favor to this [Read More...]

Evangelicals Have Incredible Reasons to Engage the Life of the Mind

But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all [Read More...]

Is Mark Noll Right? Is There No Evangelical Mind?

Paul Miller just wrote a fun post at Schaeffer’s Ghost, a blog I commend to you, reviewing Mark Noll’s Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. Paul largely agreed with Noll’s polemic: But I have to say that I think Noll is basically right—or, at least, he was right when he wrote this twenty years ago. I say that [Read More...]

Do Academic Papers Matter, or Are They Pointless?

I just submitted a paper proposal for the 2012 meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.  In the course of doing so, and after seeing a Tweet from a friend indicating a stronger desire to preach than give a paper, I thought I would say something brief about this. In short, academic papers matter.  Too often [Read More...]

What the Mall Does to the Marketplace of Ideas

According to Douglas Groothius in the very helpful Truth Decay, “The public space of settled communities is replaced by the giant, impersonal strip mall, which serves as a surrogate for the older ideal of a marketplace of ideas. But no ideas are present, because truth repeatedly succumbs to “the evil genius of advertising,” in Baudrillard’s [Read More...]


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