- Why Christians Should Read Camus: There is no more representative intellectual figure of the mid-20th century than Albert Camus. In addition to being an influential fiction writer, Camus was at the focal point of the intellectual crosscurrents that swirled about Europe and crossed over to the United States. The underlying principles of those movements remain pervasive in Western culture, and this is part of the relevance of Camus to us today.
- The Tale of the Confused Christian Calendars: While western Christians have completed their celebrations of the Lenten season and Easter, eastern Christians are just gearing up for their own. How did that happen? How did the eastern and western Easters diverge? Curiously, this had something to do with the Roman empire before the advent of Christianity, and much to do with what happened in the empire later on.
- Screen science: The secret of the lines we never forget: A team at Cornell University has created a computer program to break down the formula behind some of cinema’s most enduring lines, from Dirty Harry’s “Do you feel lucky, punk?” to Casablanca’s “Here’s looking at you, kid.”
- ‘When God Talks Back’ to the Evangelical Community: Poll numbers show that more Americans are experiencing God through personal relationships. The Pew Foundation found that nearly a quarter of Americans are what they call “renewalist” Christians, which means they have an interactive sense of God’s presence. Another study cited by Luhrmann found that 26 percent of all Americans say they have been given a direct revelation from God.
- New research suggests that protestant church attendees are substantially more universalistic than their pastors.