Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Tolerance does not mean acceptance
How relevant! This is how marketing/advertising—and propaganda!—work. And it's also why they are so effective. We are naturally lazy thinkers, so our minds go the way of least resistance. : (
Monday, February 27, 2017
Humanism (as in the Humanities)
The humanists did not accept the rationalism of the Enlightenment; they were deeply religious men who believed in divinely revealed truths. Nor were the humanists religious individualists, à la liberalism. Unlike liberal advocates of religious liberty, the humanists did not place the right to conscience at the center of their defense of religious tolerance.—Humanism and the Rhetoric of Toleration, page 4
Oh, I forgot to mention, liberal here doesn't mean what it does today. Liberal was the word used for those who advocated such radical ideas as freedom of religion, rule by the people, and repudiated the divine right of kings. A bit of historical perspective is always nice : )
The big splash
Good to keep in mind, isn't it? But we tend to forget that we have a higher risk of getting hit by a random driver while in the crosswalk than of being killed by a terrorist. And an even smaller risk that the terrorist is not already a U.S. citizen with a rifle...
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Thought for a Sunday morning
Friday, February 24, 2017
Perceptions and the reality
Especially in today's political climate it is important to be aware of these facts. Both sides are guilty of emphasizing things, making them appear bigger than they are. The difficulty is checking the facts to see which ones are being goosed and which ones are real.&thinsp. .
Unfortunately, there is no easy way to do that aside from researching the statements. : (
Thursday, February 23, 2017
From the playbook
An important thing to remember in these days of "alternative facts"! By the way, the body temperature of an adult chicken is 105–107ºF according to the University of Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture. . .
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
It requires effort
Maybe that's why some people avoid thinking as much as they avoid physical exercise?!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Are you sure of that?
Friday, February 17, 2017
What about intuition?
Indeed! Intuition is that subconscious flash of memory because you've prepared yourself by study and practice. Unfortunately, there is no shortcut—no matter what the person marketing the latest gimmick might tell you!
Thursday, February 16, 2017
What are you thinking about?
We're starting a new book today, Thinking, Fast and Slow. It's quite timely, as you can see, even though it has been out for a while. I hope you enjoy the ride and find it enlightening. I certainly have as I read it.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Israel as the divine image
I'm convinced. Of course, I was basically of that opinion before, but this has just confirmed it.
That's the final post from this book. Tomorrow we'll start another book, but a bit different. Stay tuned. .&thinsp.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Mirrors and distortions
Trump poses a challenge to decades of tradition and precedent. He is masterful as conflating words and actions in a way that enrages and alarms his opponents and exhilarates and excites his supporters. It’s more important than ever to distinguish what is from what isn’t. Understanding the difference between what this president says and what he does is one of the only things that will keep our public debate from plunging ever deeper into the hall of mirrors.
A word of caution
An important—and often forgotten—distinction.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Not to be identified as the same
Friday, February 10, 2017
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
LIberal Arts education
That’s the conventional wisdom [that a Liberal Arts degree doesn’t net a job], but it’s probably wrong. In a recent survey of business leaders, nearly all of them said they valued clear thinking and communication skills in job applicants more than the particular undergraduate majors of job candidates; 80 percent agreed that “every college student should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences”; and three quarters said they would recommend liberal arts education as “the best way to prepare for success in today’s global economy.” (Hart Research Associates, It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success (April 10, 2013), available at www.aacu.org)Indeed! If you know how to learn, which is what a Liberal Arts education is all about, then you are better equipped for just about any field. Sure, you'll need more training, but the nasty secret is that no matter what your degree is, you'll need further training! Just an
Why use the image of a divine image?
Don't get me started on the problems of dating by content… Anyway, makes sense to me!
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Monday, February 06, 2017
If x = y, then a...
Follow that? Read it again just to be sure. I think she's onto something here…
Thursday, February 02, 2017
The rise . . . and fall
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Yes! I agree! And it puts a whole new light on the imago dei, doesn't it? The author(s) knew what they were doing! We need a "thicker" theology of what it means to be in the image of God, and this helps. Now I just need time to read The Imago Dei as Human Identity. . .