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Quoted: John Sutherland on Reading as Conversation

“If we read well, we find ourselves in a conversational relationship with the most creative minds of our own time and of the past.” – John Sutherland, A Little History of Literature

Challenging the Violent Bible

My first article at On Faith ("Let There Be Violence?") is up. The piece looks at responses to violence in the Bible. Any cursory reading of the Old Testament, for example, turns up several troubling stories, which I mention in the article. There are, of course, several responses to these stories, but in this

3 for Thursday: 3 Reasons World Vision’s Reversal is Nonsense

By now you’ve heard that World Vision U.S. has changed their policy to welcome married gay employ—wait, wait—ok, actually, no, they’re not going to do that, because it turns out they’re conservative, inerrantist evangelicals and always have been and they just forgot that for a second.

Quoted: Iris Murdoch on Human Frailty

“Those who hope, by retiring from the world, to earn a holiday from human frailty, in themselves and others, are usually disappointed.” ~Iris Murdoch

3 for Thursday: 3 Crash Courses on The Brain

There was a day when people thought with their hearts. Well, maybe they did not actually think with their literal hearts, but they thought the heart is where the mind could be found...anyway, you get the picture. If neuroscience has demonstrated anything, it is that the brain is where the mind is at today.

Eudora Welty on Daring

"A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within." Eudora Welty, One Writer's Beginnings

Big Picture History: A Review of Heretics and Heroes

There is nothing groundbreaking or earth-shattering about Thomas Cahill's latest Hinges of History volume, Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World, but that is not why the series is so popular. Cahill's work is a high flight over the historical landscape with the occasional landing to meet representative and

3 for Thursday: 3 Recent Studies on Religion

We are less than three months into the new year and there are already several interesting studies of religion worth discussing. In case you missed these---perhaps due to the unending snow shoveling---I decided to bring three of them to you below.
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