- 7 Worst International Aid Ideas: Maybe their hearts were in the right place. Maybe not. Either way, these are solid contenders for the title of “worst attempts at helping others since colonialism. (Matador)
- Why to Read Nietzsche: But as hard as he is to engage, Nietzsche is well worth coming to terms with for several reasons. He pioneered the strategy of discrediting Christianity by ignoring the question of its truth, in order to cut straight to his major complaint: Christianity is bad for human beings and other living things like the mind, the arts, and freedom. That attitude is probably the dominant tone of popular atheism in our time. (Fred Sanders)
- Why the Smart Reading Device of the Future May Be…Paper: Maybe it’s time to start thinking of paper and screens another way: not as an old technology and its inevitable replacement, but as different and complementary interfaces, each stimulating particular modes of thinking. Maybe paper is a technology uniquely suited for imbibing novels and essays and complex narratives, just as screens are for browsing and scanning. (Wired)
- Life Worth Living: Christian Faith and the Crisis of the Universities: higher education (in the United States) is on a dead-end street because we have given up on university-based discussion of questions of deepest human concern: “What does it mean to flourish, not in one or another endeavour, but as a human being?” or, put even more succinctly, “What is a life worth living?” (Miroslav Volf)
- Check out The Future of Protestantism, a fascinating exchange recently hosted by Biola University and the Torrey Honors Institute on what “Protestant” means and how our definition of Protestantism shapes what we think its future looks like.
Just for Fun
- This is a little long, but if you enjoy courtroom drama, check out this video of a lawyer getting rather frustrated when an IT guy claims not to understand what he means by the term “photocopier.”