If you read one article this week, make it Owning Our Baptism by George Weigel.
For those of you with a bit more time on your hands, consider perusing the suggestions below from this past week. As always, if you think there’s something I should be reading, please let me know in the comments section below. Continue reading
If you read one article this week, make it The Gospel According to Steve Martin by Mark Shea.
If you have time to peruse additional readings, consider the follow selections. As always, if you think there’s anything I should have read this past week (or should be reading regularly), please let me know in the comments below. Continue reading
If you only read one article this week, engage A Time to Rend by R. R. Reno.
If you found that interesting, check out the other suggested readings below. As always, if you have any suggestions about what I should be reading, feel free to note them in the comments below. Continue reading
If you read one article this week, engage the Conciliar Post Round Table on the Image of God.
If you’re got time for some more reading, check out the suggestions below. As always, if there’s something you think I should be reading (or have read this week) feel free to leave a comment below. Continue reading
Not too long ago, a report titled “The Bible in American Life” was released by the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. Based on a nation-wide survey on Bible use and knowledge, this report found a number of things, some of the most interesting being:
— About 50% of Americans read “scripture” at any point during the last year; 48% of Americans read the Bible at some point last year
— 9% of American read their Bibles daily
— The King James Bible is the most popular English Bible translation by far
— The favorite passage among Bible readers is Psalm 23 followed by John 3:16
— Less than half of those reading the Bible sought help in understanding it
— 31% of those reading the Bible did so on the internet; 22% used devices of some sort
— Generally, Protestants read their Bibles more than Catholics, and (theologically) conservative Protestants more than liberal Protestants Continue reading
This article originally appeared at Conciliar Post.
Some authors make a lasting impression on one’s mind, for good or for bad. For me, one such writer is Søren Kierkegaard (1813-55), whom I first engaged while an undergraduate at Valparaiso University. While reading Kierkegaard, one cannot help but be flummoxed by large portions of his prose—there’s simply too much there to engage in its fullness. You are like a kindergartener, who is desperately trying to make sense of a chalkboard filled with Einstein’s equations but helpless to do so. But—and this is the glory of Kierkegaard—amidst the haze, one finds moments of brilliant sunshine. An image or idea breaks through the swirling clouds and, suddenly, it makes sense. For moments such as these, I find myself returning to Kierkegaard again and again. Continue reading
If you only read one article this week, engage The Bible Tells Me So by Peter Leithart
If you’ve got time for more reading, check out the suggestions below. And, as always, if you think there’s something else that I should be reading, comment below.
Theology and Religion
On Being Right or Wrong by John Walton
“Options” for Cultural Engagement by Dale Coulter
Are All Ideologies Evil? by Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg
Franky Schaeffer and Russell Moore on Religious Liberty by Mark Tooley
Diversity as a Slogan and Reality by Mark Regnerus
Biblical Studies and the History of Christianity
Parables and the Historical Jesus by Phillip Long
New Testament Texts in the Cairo Genizah by Larry Hurtado
Kruger, Canon, and Catholicism by Soul Device
The Skeptic and the Text by Donald Williams
Observations on “Hearing” Mark by Mike Skinner
Worldviews and Culture
Forget the War on Christmas, the War on Advent is Worse by Mollie Hemingway
Lecrae: “Christians Have Prostituted Art to Give Answers” by Emma Green
Furgeson’s Unasked Questions by Heather McDonald
Christians, Libertarians, and Ayn Rand by Heather Wilhelm
Ebola and Obama by Thomas Sowell
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”–Stephen R. Covey
I have forgotten where I first saw that quote, but I do remember that I was immediately impressed with its accurate assessment of contemporary culture and discourse. How often do we listen, discuss, or read with the intention of learning? How much worse do those skills become once we’ve opened our web browser and entered the world of 140 character Twitter interaction, sound-bite news, rhetoric-oriented politics, #hashtagactivism, internet forums, Facebook statuses, and polarizing worldviews? In my assessment, Covey is right–today, people don’t seriously, thoughtfully, and civilly dialogue, we have it out in the comments section, we engage so that we may “show” people where they are wrong. Does it really have to be this way? Continue reading