Weekly Roundup (Shutdown Edition)

If the cover image worried you for a moment, fear not, faithful readers.  The Evangelical Outpost did not shut down this week.  We’re an essential service!

Politico takes us on a photo tour of the previous 17 federal government shutdowns.  (What might be most surprising to many people, given the current level of rhetoric in the media, is just how many times the government shut down during the Reagan administration with a Democrat-controlled House).

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Matt Welch writes at CNN that, while the shutdown is bad politics (especially for Republicans), it’s ultimately nothing to worry about.

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In the midst of all the budget battles raging these days, with frequent calls from Republicans to lower taxes and cut entitlement spending, Andrew Quinn argues that it’s time for conservatives to make explicit what is already implicit in their economic goals: championing the poor.

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Not only is the world still spinning during the federal government shutdown, but worlds beyond our solar system are too.  Here’s the first cloud map of one such exoplanet.

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Warning: This article is graphic and not for those with sensitive consciences, but it is a must read (especially for those with children):  Experiment that convinced me online porn is the most pernicious threat facing children today.

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From r/atheism to the Richard Dawkins Foundation’s Facebook page, online atheists love their memes, especially the ones that are “devastating” to religon as well as being humorous.  Here are few such Devastating Arguments Against Christianity (Courtesy of the Internet).  As it turns out, the arguments are indeed devastating…just not to religion.

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Stanford Team Sheds Light on the Medieval Foundations of Modern Science.

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Desiring God’s 2013 National Conference was all about C. S. Lewis, with some fascinating topics and a stellar speaker lineup (including Phil Ryken and Kevin Vanhoozer).  The free video and audio is availabe here.

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When creativity and love meets technology, magic happens:  Creative Dad Takes Crazy Photos Of Daughters.

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Essayist and programmer Paul Graham has written a brief and helpful article on How to Disagree.  For the visually inclined, here is a an image based on his essay ranking the 7 types of disagreement.

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33 Of The Most Hilariously Terrible First Sentences In Literature History:

Betty had eyes that said come here, lips that said kiss me, arms and torso that said hold me all night long, but the rest of her body said, “Fillet me, cover me in cornmeal, and fry me in peanut oil”; romance wasn’t easy for a mermaid.

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Part two of the Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug, is going to be a massive hit at the box office, despite the underwhelming first installment.  How do I know?  Two words:  The ‘Batch (just listen to the final moments of the new trailer):

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UPDATE:  “Where’s the outrage?”  Christians are being singled out and massacred from Pakistan to Syria to the Nairobi shopping mall. Kirsten Powers on the deafening silence from U.S. pews and pulpits:  A Global Slaughter of Christians, but America’s Churches Stay Silent

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Far from a ‘ridiculous pursuit’, philosophy underpins reading, writing and arithmatic. It should be taught as a basic skill, says Emma Worley:  The first R: why we need to teach philosophy in the classroom. 

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There are now more administrators in the CSU system than there are full-time faculty.  A must read from Victor Davis Hanson:  The Decline of College

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There can be no doubt (according to Telegraph writer and atheist Matthew Norman), after his latest outburst, that the arch-atheist (Richard Dawkins) is doing the Lord’s work:  Come In, Agent Dawkins, Your Job Is Done.

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Every Sci-Fi Starship Ever*, In One Mindblowing Comparison Chart.

Every Sci-Fi Starship Ever, In One Mindblowing Comparison Chart 

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An open letter from a game store owner to parents:  I Sold Too Many Copies of GTA V To Parents Who Didn’t Give a Damn.

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Peter Enns provides an interesting perspective that most evangelicals will disagree with, but should take seriously:  Rob Bell, Oprah, and N. T. Wright. Yeah, you heard me.

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What is the most screwed up thing about your state?  Check this chart

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If You’ve Ever Wondered What Happens To Kids After They’re Rescued From Sex Trafficking, Watch This.

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This week Senator Ted Cruz gave a 21 hour, 19 minute speech on the Senate floor, in which he layed out the case against the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare).  According to Politico, regardless of the immediate outcome of the Senate bill, after talking the talk, Ted Cruz wins

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Biola University recently launched the Center for Christianity, Culture and the Arts.  In honor of this acheivement, Biola’s President, Dr. Barry Corey, reflects on Art in the Now and the Not Yet.

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Pictures of space are usually stunning and beautiful.  Here are the winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year for 2013