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From The Onion: American Public Gets Exactly What It Deserves (Plus)

A couple of recent gems from The Onion, the first of which expertly distills the pretty convincing recent NY Magazine article The Benjamin Button Election, which advocates for the use of child psychology in understanding voting habits and political thought of American adults (across the board):  Dismayed by the fact that over the past 24 […]

Application Inflation and the College Admissions Arms Race

Fascinating article by Eric Hoover in Sunday’s NY Times entitled “Application Inflation: When Is Enough Enough?” about the ever-falling admissions rates at our nation’s top universities. Depicted here as an “arms race,” the whole educational marketplace seems to function as quite the microcosm of human contradiction, esp when it comes to the whole measurement question. […]

Bagdad Christians Return to Their Church

I was nearly brought to tears when I read this article in this morning’s NY Times about Christians in Bagdad. It’s an extremely moving account of the Gospel at work in the face of outright persecution. 

“This gives us more strength,” said Sama Wadie, 32, a teacher, his hand wrapped in a bandage. “We’re not afraid of death because Jesus died for us. Of course we cry, but they’re tears of happiness, because we die for God.”

Hieronymus Bosch, Animal Altruism and Bottom-Up Morality

A thorough, at times exasperating, at times inspiring, and at times challenging look at science, morality and religion over on The NY Times’ Opinionator by Dutch primatologist Frans de Waal entitled “Morals Without God?”. De Waal uses Hieronymus Bosch’s painterly obsession with the pre-Fall human nature as a touchstone for his objections with what he […]

Another Week Ends: Cyber Bullies, eBay, Glenn Beck, FUNdamentals, Madonna, TV roundup

1. A quick study in opposites: In an NPR story about the rise of cyber-bullying and public humiliation, “It’s Not the Web, It’s Us” sociologist C.J. Pascoe wisely states, ‘we shouldn’t place all the blame for [cyber-bully] actions on new technology. ‘I think the problem starts pre-technology, which is, what are the motivations we have […]

Objects in the Rear View Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

Autobiographies are often unreliable, as we have long suspected and as new research now confirms. According to a Monday NY Times article by Benedict Carey, entitled Why Indiscretions Appear Youthful, not surprisingly, most people actually see themselves as morally righteous, at least in the present. And, if we do perceive a time that our morality […]

Grace in Education? The Manhattan Free School

A fascinating little snapshot in the NY Times of a school in Manhattan that really swallows the whole loaf, grace-wise. Some might see it as hopelessly naive, others as an honest attempt to take the inside-out approach as far as it can go. One has a strong suspicion that the Manhattan Free School caters to […]

Exclusion, Inclusion and Identity in The Social Network

An insightful piece by A.O. Scott over at The NY Times that touches on identity, self-worth and the failure of “works” to assuage the accusing voice of the Law – in this case, the inner critic/persecutor –  as seen through the lens of The Social Network and Wall Street 2. Enough to make one wonder […]

Another Week Ends: Green Guilt, Agnostic Knowledge, Tearjerkers, The Social Network, Damsels in Distress

1. Such a fascinating article about Green Guilt in Wednesday’s NY Times (ht BZ). Substitute the eco-language with discipleship-talk and you have a nigh perfect allegory for the double-edged sword of self-righteousness/despair that comes from living by the Law (or  any attempt to live consistently). Again, nothing against the environment – I ride a bike […]

Another Week Ends: False Danger, Stress Vaccines, Alien Baptism, Michael Vick, King of Kong, Online Dating, Get Low, Pixar

1. Another in a series of great articles from Lisa Belkin of the NY Times, this one entitled “Keeping Kids Safe From the Wrong Dangers,” in which the author continues in what appears to be her (and Jonah Lehrer’s) quest to unveil the irrationality at the base of human decision-making. There’s also a great line […]

The Pain, The Pleasure and The Pepper

An amusing addition to the annals of human foibles, with a slight tree-of-good-and-evil aspect, from this morning’s NY Times: Others, notably Dr. Paul Rozin at the University of Pennsylvania, argue that the beneficial effects [of eating spicy chilis] are too small to explain the great human love of chili-spiced food. “I don’t think they have […]

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Parenting and The Law

As you may recall from Psych 101, Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs” is one particularly popular way to explain human motivation, “a neat and tidy pyramid, with fulfillment of ‘physiological needs’ at its base, then things like ‘safety,’ ‘love,’ ‘belonging’ and ‘esteem’ stacked on top, all capped by ‘self-actualization.’”According to a recent article by Lisa […]