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The Genius and Faith of Faraday and Maxwell

The Genius and Faith of Faraday and Maxwell | Faith, Learning, and the Examined Life | Scoop.it
Ian H. Hutchinson on how religion influenced the work of the two great nineteenth-century electricians.
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Science and faith in the lives of Faraday and Maxwell, two of the more important physicists of the 19th century.

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The Invisibility of Holy Land Christians

As a kid growing up in Evangelical churches, I would occasionally hear about the ultimate in Christian travel—the Holy Land tour. And the . . . .
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<<I once asked when the family became Christian. One of my wife’s relatives answered, “When Jesus rose from the dead.” There’s a good chance that that’s roughly correct.>>

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How Vladimir Putin Is Revolutionizing Information Warfare

How Vladimir Putin Is Revolutionizing Information Warfare | Faith, Learning, and the Examined Life | Scoop.it
How Vladimir Putin is revolutionizing information warfare
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The dangers of postmodernism and why we need, in a sense, a kind of "Enlightenment" revival of sorts, though we also need to move away from the search for foundations upon which to build consensus. The rules of reason are the rules of conversation, and we do not necessarily need to share all of our presuppositions to converse. In a way, the malaise in higher education is intricately linked to our distrust in all of life. If the place where conversations ought to be occurring par excellence have become more committed to various political and socio-economic programs than the art of good conversation in the pursuit of truth, everything else gets reduced to these terms as well. The heart of the Enlightenment was NOT the various methods propounded by the philosophers, but the conversations of the Republic of Letters themselves. The ability of various thinkers to transcend nationality, confessional background, and metaphysical system to engage in discourse with one another was the ideal that led many to think that it was possible to transcend the seemingly endless years of conflict Europe was experiencing (That this new context was not the church should be an indictment to Christianity).

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The complicity cost of racial inclusion | Al Jazeera America

The complicity cost of racial inclusion | Al Jazeera America | Faith, Learning, and the Examined Life | Scoop.it
Expanding what it means to be white isn't good news; it only preserves structural privilege
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Julia Carrie Wong argues that Asian Americans have become co-opted into "whiteness" as beneficiaries of America's historically race-based societal structure. That the Model Minority narrative arose at the same time as that of Black Power suggests that, just as the definition of "white" has been expanded in the past to include the Irish and Italians, so it has shifted to include Asians, yet without a fundamental shift in structural orientation. "White" and "Black" yet remain important categories through which life, experience, and privilege are evaluated and judged.

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The Mental Virtues

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al virtuesHow do you build character in front of your keyboard at work?

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David Brooks discusses a few intellectual virtues.

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Religious Freedom vs. LGBT Rights? It's More Complicated

Religious Freedom vs. LGBT Rights? It's More Complicated | Faith, Learning, and the Examined Life | Scoop.it
The legal context for what's happening at Gordon College, and how Christians can respond despite intense cultural backlash.
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A case for Christians backing away from "religious exceptionalism" arguments when approaching questions of religious liberty and embracing a "pluralism" argument instead, which would imply a much different approach towards others in society (esp. with those with whom they might disagree).

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The real world is undermining Silicon Valley’s apolitical fantasyland

The real world is undermining Silicon Valley’s apolitical fantasyland | Faith, Learning, and the Examined Life | Scoop.it
An industry that's typically disengaged from politics is increasingly learning that it can't be ignored.
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The illusion that one can solve society's problems without getting involved in politics is an attractive position today, as if simply more "creativity" and greater imaginative horizons is sufficient to solve humanity's problems.

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Still White, Still Male: The Anachronism of Harvard's Final Clubs

Still White, Still Male: The Anachronism of Harvard's Final Clubs | Faith, Learning, and the Examined Life | Scoop.it
The college is about to welcome its most diverse incoming class. But its social scene is still dominated by highly exclusive all-male groups.
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Finals clubs, eating clubs, and residential colleges: elistism and social privilege at Harvard, Princeton, and Yale.

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Forcing America's Weaponized Police to Wear Cameras

Forcing America's Weaponized Police to Wear Cameras | Faith, Learning, and the Examined Life | Scoop.it
Yes, journalists and citizens have a right to record law-enforcement officers. But why not require police to record themselves?
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We must be careful, however, that our concern for accountability and "transparency" stem out of desires to embrace and to trust. Otherwise, we will only continue to take further steps down the direction of a security state, only with increasingly expensive recording equipment rather than SWAT gear. Otherwise, we start heading down the same direction the USSR did (Jurgan Moltmann had an excellent lecture on this - http://livedtheology.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/CAPPS-2005-transcript.pdf).

The mention of privacy already brings up the specter that we've already headed down that kind of direction: by means of our attempts to maintain a form of radical individualism (the flip side requiring immense state control) rather than state control (the flip side requiring the dissolution or relativization of all relations beside the individual-state relation that characterized Soviet politics). Unfettered capitalism and communism are two sides of the same coin.

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Advice to Those Who Would Be Christian Scholars | Emerging Scholars Network

Advice to Those Who Would Be Christian Scholars | Emerging Scholars Network | Faith, Learning, and the Examined Life | Scoop.it
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"Third, to be able to think with a Christian mind about the issues in your discipline, you have to have a Christian mind. As I see it, three things are necessary for the acquisition of such a mind. First, you have to be well acquainted with Scripture – not little tidbits, not golden nuggets, but the pattern of biblical thought. Let me add here: beware of the currently popular fad of reducing acquaintance with scripture to worldview summaries. Second, you need some knowledge of the Christian theological tradition. And third, you have to become acquainted with the riches of the Christian intellectual tradition generally, especially those parts of it that pertain to your own field. Too often American Christians operate on the assumption that we in our day are beginning anew, or on the assumption that nothing important has preceded us. You and I are the inheritors of an enormously rich tradition of Christian reflection on politics, on economics, on psychology, an enormously rich tradition of art, of music, of poetry, of architecture – on and on it goes. We impoverish ourselves if we ignore this. Part of our responsibility as Christian scholars is to keep those traditions alive."

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Israel, Gaza, War & Data

Israel, Gaza, War & Data | Faith, Learning, and the Examined Life | Scoop.it
social networks and the art of personalizing propaganda
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Interesting insights into the propaganda war aside, this article highlights a need for discussions about social media responsibility to move beyond the dichotomies of private/public (i.e. user privacy) and into the question of what constitutes wise stewardship of information. What have we lost when we got rid of the "media gatekeepers" and how can we make up for their absence in a way that doesn't just default to a kind of agnostic centrism?

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The Economics of Jane Austen

The Economics of Jane Austen | Faith, Learning, and the Examined Life | Scoop.it
In her fiction, the 18th-century novelist wrestled with the same question that preoccupied Adam Smith: Does the pursuit of wealth diminish a person's moral integrity?
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On how Adam Smith's (lesser known) theory of sentiments connects quite closely with Jane Austen's (quite economically invested) books.

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Vietnam’s Overdue Alliance With America

Vietnam’s Overdue Alliance With America | Faith, Learning, and the Examined Life | Scoop.it
Ho Chi Minh always wanted a close relationship with Uncle Sam.
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A heartfelt appeal for Vietnam to put the past behind and confront its Chinese woes.

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The myth of religious violence | Karen Armstrong

The myth of religious violence | Karen Armstrong | Faith, Learning, and the Examined Life | Scoop.it
The popular belief that religion is the cause of the world’s bloodiest conflicts is central to our modern conviction that faith and politics should never mix. But, Karen Armstrong writes, the messy history of their separation suggests it was never so simple
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I have a few quibbles with the narrative here, but in general it's an informative read.

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The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious | Faith, Learning, and the Examined Life | Scoop.it
How the worst apple took over the United States, and continues to spread
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An interesting foray into the history of the Red Delicious.

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Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Is Google Making Us Stupid? | Faith, Learning, and the Examined Life | Scoop.it
What the Internet is doing to our brains
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Tools are not merely instruments in our hands, they change us. We adapt to them, rewire ourselves to see them as just another given in the fabric of the world. Any choice to use a tool is not merely a choice to add another skill to one's repertoire, it is a commitment to personal transformation and change, to be transformed into someone who is, in a sense, "one" with - and thus dependent on - the tool.

 

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Why revival will come only when we reform America’s prisons

Why revival will come only when we reform America’s prisons | Faith, Learning, and the Examined Life | Scoop.it
Several years of prison ministry have convinced me that there are substantial parallels between what we think about incarceration and how . . . .
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There is a more intimate connection between theology and the social fabric society than one might expect. The decline of Christus Victor theories of atonement and the rise of satisfaction/substitution theories had everything to do with changes in societies and the ways they conceptualized guilt and punishment. What might this mean for us today?

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Against “Against [X]” - The New Yorker

Against “Against [X]” - The New Yorker | Faith, Learning, and the Examined Life | Scoop.it
Susan Sontag’s “Against Interpretation,” the most famous example of the “Against [X]” formula, exemplifies the appeal of this type of essay.
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Ivan Kreilkamp pushes back against the contemporary manifestation of this rhetorical formula, which is inherently pluralistic, suggesting that the classical formulas, which wrote directly against individuals as opposed to abstract ideas, were bolder and of more import.

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Marriage and Mating Rites

If marriage is a sacrament, then the way in which practices that lead to marriage function as liturgies deserves attention.
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An application of Jamie Smith's writing on "thick" and "thin" liturgies onto the rituals of dating/marriage.

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Of Exiles and Educating in the Tradition

Having taught a number of years at an undergraduate institution within the evangelical world, I . . . .
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Instead of teaching young Christians to be members of your particular tribe of Christianity, it is important to promote understanding of the many streams within the same great tradition.

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If a Self-Driving Car Gets in an Accident, Who—or What—Is Liable?

If a Self-Driving Car Gets in an Accident, Who—or What—Is Liable? | Faith, Learning, and the Examined Life | Scoop.it
The carmaker, the car owner, or the robot car itself? On the surprisingly not-crazy argument for granting robots legal personhood.
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Hopefully, this article makes people think a little bit more about what "personhood" has come to mean (legally today) and recognize the importance of revisiting the Christian roots of the conception formalized over the course of the Trinitarian debates: "One God, three persons" was a radical innovation in the language of personhood that eclipsed the contemporary Roman sense in which one's personhood was defined purely in terms of one's status with respect to the legal code.

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What Would Jeremiah Do?

What Would Jeremiah Do? | Faith, Learning, and the Examined Life | Scoop.it
Jewish history gives today's Christians an alternative to cultural secession.
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Samuel Goldman responds to MacIntyre's call for the "Benedict Option".

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The Way, It’s True, Is a Life

The Way, It’s True, Is a Life | Faith, Learning, and the Examined Life | Scoop.it
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A beautiful reflection on pilgrimage and how it reorients your pace of life.

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What Would Krishna Do? Or Shiva? Or Vishnu?

What Would Krishna Do? Or Shiva? Or Vishnu? | Faith, Learning, and the Examined Life | Scoop.it
Hinduism’s profusion of gods and sacred texts lack a single theological structure, but they sustain a long tradition of tolerance, and many paths to the divine.
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A fascinating interview exploring the kinds of questions that might be asked in philosophy of religion if Hinduism, rather than Christianity, were taken as a reference point as the dominant theory of religion.

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Is Evangelical Morality Still Acceptable in America?

Is Evangelical Morality Still Acceptable in America? | Faith, Learning, and the Examined Life | Scoop.it
People who disagree with same-sex marriage and birth-control use have been met with accusations of bigotry. Are some Christians being unfairly shamed out of the public sphere?
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Alan Noble makes a case for maintaining a space for pluralism in the public sphere.

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