Category Archives: Culture

Internet outrage

Early this morning as I was beginning to wake up, for some reason it occurred to me that I had given a lot of time the evening before, time that would have been better spent on just about anything else, … Continue reading

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Spiritualism and secular society

The religious fervor with which some groups in our society attack those who seem to advance an opposing point of view has become noteworthy. Civil disagreement and discourse has become the exception rather than the rule. This essay by Joseph … Continue reading

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on worship, singing, and the gathered church

It’s not a particularly new concern, but I think the current state of singing in churches is something that needs attention. My own context is a relatively independent evangelical Protestant church with little history or tradition beyond the past 10-15 years, … Continue reading

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on faith, practice, and social goods

It should be a fundamental principle that belief is predicated on truth, not pragmatism. That being said, it is certainly the case that belief and practice that are aligned with truth will be pragmatic, in the sense that long-term success and … Continue reading

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on Facebook and newness

I’ve been reviewing my Facebook time-line as an exercise in self-reflection, looking back on things I’ve found interesting or important or entertaining enough to post over the years. I’m feeling very ambivalent about Facebook these days; I think my departure … Continue reading

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on required readings and eternal things

Intellectuals in the West have long had an affinity for what C. S. Lewis referred to as “chronological snobbery,” the unreflective assumption that what is more recent and modern must be better than what went before. Our entertainment driven culture takes … Continue reading

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Why self-censorship matters

In a time when feelings seem to be the most important thing about a person, this article takes a very different line, but in light of the way attitudes of victimhood can lead to strong forms of censorship, it’s worth considering … Continue reading

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Communication in our culture

This political season is going to highlight some issues in our culture and the way we communicate with one another. Or don’t communicate, as the case may be. This was a thoughtful article on the subject.

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Can you dig it?

The inversion of what is actually valued by certain groups and how those groups are portrayed in our society is one of the more remarkable aspects of this political moment. The hostility to the “Tea Party” on the part of … Continue reading

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about those difficult conversations

There is a certain fetish among a segment of our population for the notion that if only there were a way to openly dialogue about difficult subjects where there is disagreement and differences, people would see the light and come … Continue reading

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