Posts Tagged ‘community’

In Defense of Denomination

There is one Body, and there is one Church. There is really no way to get around it—it’s right there in Scripture, coming from the mouth of Saint Paul himself. But unity doesn’t equate to homogeny. This is an issue that the Church universal has struggled with before Christ was even crucified. When...
February 13th, 2014 | Church, Religion | Read More

Pain and the Possible Gain

It is often said “No Pain, no Gain.” But I’d like to propose that along with that saying comes the mindset that to feel pain is to feel weakness leaving the body. I have definitely seen variations of that idea written on the back of multiple sports player’s t-shirts and cringed every time. So...
November 6th, 2013 | Church | Read More

Our Turn Inward: Emotionalism

While some economic theorists take notice of class distinctions and their impact on quality of life, few choose to go deeper by asking such questions as “how does capitalism shape our feelings?” Eva Illouz does just this by bringing abstract economic theory to the realm of the personal. Illouz acknowledges...
June 28th, 2010 | Culture | Read More

The Murder of the Homeless & Social Merit

Do we perform acts of kindness towards others because they deserve it or because they need it? In case you haven’t heard, a homeless man was recently murdered in New York City after trying to help a woman in the middle of being assaulted. Brian Levin reports: In New York surveillance video captured...
May 4th, 2010 | Culture, Human Rights | Read More

The Problematic Suppositions of Wired

Amy Wallace’s essay “An Epidemic of Fear,” published in this month’s issue of Wired, is both perceptive and worrying. Wired’s articles often comment on the growing debates between social groups and professional communities. This month’s feature focuses on the conflict between anti-vaccination...
November 3rd, 2009 | Culture, Family Issues, Science | Read More

Urban Life and the End of the World

It is a jarring fact for most Christians that our end is in a city, not a garden.  We understand the allure of Eden, our lost home, a beautiful, bountiful haven. A simple life in harmony with nature and God has intuitive appeal. It is harder (for many of us, at least) to anticipate eagerly the fact...
September 21st, 2009 | Other | Read More

Better Than Fiction

Has our culture lost the ability to foster honest public discourse? Sometimes it appears so. One blogger had this to say after one of the campaign debates last fall: What is it about politics that tends to reduce normal, presumably at least quasi-thoughtful journalists (and others) to insult-slinging,...
March 18th, 2009 | Blogging, Culture, Politics | Read More