Friday, October 9, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

School Shootings and Masculinity

Steve Dipaola/Reuters
Some new insights (psychological and socio-cultural) into the recent school shooting in Oregon (and others) from the Christian Science Monitor

Usually it’s “a toxic cocktail of factors,” says Christopher Kilmartin, a professor of psychological science at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.
But there’s one topic that’s not getting enough discussion, he and some others say: masculinity. “The elephant in the room with ... mass shootings is that almost all of them are being done by men,” Professor Kilmartin says. Male shooters often “project their difficulties onto other people.... In this case, it sounds like he was blaming Christians for his problems, but the masculinity piece is what is really missing in the discussions about the equation.”
You can read the rest.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Thank God

HT: John Mark N. Reynolds

“Isn’t God narcissistic? If I don’t praise Him, I go to Hell.”
This is a profanity free summary of a discussion I had with an atheist. I get what he was saying and my Sunday School kid self had the same worry. That is when the holidays came to my rescue.
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Dr. Seuss and Dietrich Bonhoeffer

HT: Kathleen Housley

I am reading a biography of the theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was hanged in 1945 for his role in the plot to kill Hitler.
Suddenly the door opens and my two-year-old grandson, Alex, bounces in. Seeing the book, he attempts to climb into my lap so I can read to him as well. I put down the biography, pick him up, and select Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?, which is in the pile of books beside my chair along with Bonhoeffer’s Ethics and Letters and Papers from Prison, shifting instantly from the lead-weight of Nazism to the whimsy of Dr. Seuss.
You can read the rest.

Friday, October 2, 2015

U.S. Map of Puns

Who's ready to hear some puns?

I wish there was a way you could roll your eyes over the internet.

Here's more info and puns.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Stephen Colbert on Being a Fool for Christ

I know everyone's talking about Justin Bieber's recent interview, and I'll read that later. Right now, I'm fascinated by this interview with Stephen Colbert.

Now, it’s rare to see performers of this stature speaking so openly (and positively) about faith – with no qualms or equivocations. Even more rare is the performer who displays so much knowledge of his church’s teaching and history. Colbert retells stories from the Gospels, references Thomas Aquinas, summarizes C. S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, and critiques Anselm of Canterbury. It’s remarkable to see a public figure speak not about “having faith” in general, but about a faith in particular.

You can read the rest.

HT: Trevin Wax

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Pope's U.S. Visit According to GetReligion

I think GetReligion has some helpful insights for everyone in interpreting any type of "religious event" in the news, and they recently wrote a summary of their coverage of Pope Francis's first visit to the United States.

The pope has come. The pope has gone. Now it is time for mainstream journalists to tell us what it all meant, to show readers the big picture and to reveal larger truths about what Pope Francis said and, maybe, even about what he should have said.
There's more to this process than news, of course.