- Stanley Hauerwas, The Death of America’s God
American Protestants do not have to believe in God because they believe in belief. That is why we have never been able to produce an interesting atheist in America. The god most Americans say they believe in is just not interesting enough to deny. Thus the only kind of atheism that counts in America is to call into question the proposition that everyone has a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
- Scientific American, The Ideology of No: new research into how liberals and conservatives think differently.
As divisions between Red States and Blue States have grown (or at least acquired greater iconographic heft), so has interest in understanding the temperamental and attitudinal foundations of political ideology. An explosion of research over the last decade is revealing the psychological underpinnings of ideological differences, unearthing the subterranean meanings of the Party of No.
- Molly Worthen, Brothers’ Keepers: American evangelicals were allays big believers in democracy – until it reached the Arab world.
Given many evangelicals’ commitment to baptizing the Founding Fathers and praising the cross as a “statue of liberty,” it may seem strange that they have greeted the pro-democracy movements agitating the Middle East and North Africa with distinct ambivalence. But if it’s surprising, that’s only because so many observers of American politics are out of touch with the evangelical worldview, particularly evangelicals’ understanding of themselves as embattled outsiders who have much to lose when democracy doesn’t go their way.
- Michael Hyatt, Turning Failure to Your Advantage
But not every failure ends so well. Sometimes, people suffer a setback and never recover. I don’t think it has to be this way. It is all in how you process it. I am convinced, that if you are going to succeed, you must learn to deal powerfully with failure.
- Matthew Paul Turning questions why there are no older people in our churches.
- Here’s what it would look like if male superheroes dressed and posed like Wonder Woman. (Warning: it’s not pleasant)
- And, here’s a list of 11 Board Games Most Likely to Spark Actual Fights. (This one is distressingly accurate.)