- Loving the Enemy: Christianity and the Enlightenment: Christians are taught to despise the Enlightenment. It is hard to find a theologian with a good word for this era of rational presumption, glistening certitude and powdered wiggery….The consensus is powerful but mistaken. The real Enlightenment was as religious as anything that came before it – a time of spiritual awakening as well as criticism and doubt. Indeed, faith and doubt were two sides of the same coin. (ABC Religion)
- The Meaning of Food: In the West, at a time when food is available to many of us at an astonishingly low cost, requiring minimum effort and exertion to gather and prepare, and often consumed with little fuss or ceremony, we seem to be spending more and more time thinking, looking, reading and writing about it. In this sense, food is like religion, or indigestion: it has come back to haunt us. (The Times Literary Supplement)
- Why do we pick-and-choose our religious beliefs? Blame social media: Despite the ubiquity of social media, we don’t know much about how these new technologies are shaping religion. But there is growing evidence that Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat are changing how people think about their faith. (Religion News Service)
- If Philosophy Won’t Diversify, Let’s Call It What It Really Is: Given the importance of non-European traditions in both the history of world philosophy and in the contemporary world, and given the increasing numbers of students in our colleges and universities from non-European backgrounds, this is astonishing. No other humanities discipline demonstrates this systematic neglect of most of the civilizations in its domain. The present situation is hard to justify morally, politically, epistemically or as good educational and research training practice. (New York Times)
- The Making of Me and You. The BBC has a new tool for figuring out exactly a surprisingly broad range of facts about your body.