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The Future of The Discarded Image

For everything there is a season, and here at The Discarded Image it is time to move on to a new, broader, and brighter project.

3 for Thursday: 3 Takeaways from Pew’s Poll on Religion in the 114th Congress

You might be wondering what the religion makeup is of the 114th Congress is. Pew has the numbers. Spoiler alert: it's mostly Christian.

Tracking a Decade of Reading: What I’ve Learned

In January 2005, on a whim, I created a spreadsheet with four simple columns: Title, Author, Genre, Month Read. I wasn’t sure I’d keep up with this record, but it seemed worthwhile and was simple to maintain, evolving as I added columns to track other details and eventually migrating the whole thing from Excel

3 for Thursday: 3 Takeaways from Pew’s Christmas Survey

Pew has a new Christmas survey that covers everything from religious symbols on government property to whether the gospel story is historically true.

Professor Brian Cox on Meaning in a Human Universe

Do humans represent an isolated island of meaning in a meaningless universe? Professor Brian Cox explores this in his new BBC series, Human Universe.

What Ails the Curmudgeonly Professor?: A Review of Dear Committee Members

"Dear Committee Members" is an epistolary novel which tells a story that’s only possible because of the painful reality of academic life.

3 for Thursday: Three Takeaways from the Biologos Survey on Religion and Evolution

A new study of science and religion in America from Biologos challenges the traditional picture of Americans as convinced Young Earth Creationists.

3 for Thursday: 3 Reasons to Question the Existence of the Soul

From split-brain patients to brain-control interfaces, every new scientific discovery appears to be slowly taking away the role and necessity of the soul and giving it to the brain.
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