“What was really easy was falling in love with this person, was falling in love with Jesus Christ. That was the most surprising thing.” -Andrew Garfield

January 18, 2017

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Andrew Garfield on the Ignatian journey that led him through ‘Silence’ and into the love of Christ

“What was really easy was falling in love with this person, was falling in love with Jesus Christ. That was the most surprising thing.” -Andrew Garfield

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January 17, 2017

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The College Chapel: Puritan Relic or Campus Hot Spot?

If James K. A. Smith is correct that Jesus establishes particular ‘hot spots of sacramentality’ and endues them with a special sense of God’s presence, then the Christian college chapel needs to be a significant ‘hot spot’ on campus

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"That which is belittled in plain speech finds the respect it warrants in the subtleties of metaphor.” -Donald Braun

January 15, 2017

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Infographic Analysis: Another Reason Why MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech Was So Powerful, by Maria Popova

“That which is belittled in plain speech finds the respect it warrants in the subtleties of metaphor.” -Donald Braun

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Graduates who report that in college they talked with faculty members about nonacademic and academic subjects outside class are nearly twice as likely to have become leaders in their localities or professions.

January 2, 2017

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A Bump in Leadership, Ethics (and Pay): Making a Case for an Arts and Sciences Education

Graduates who report that in college they talked with faculty members about nonacademic and academic subjects outside class are nearly twice as likely to have become leaders in their localities or professions.

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Art provides a place for us to deal with our own fears and search for meaning. Entertainment lets us do this together. When we’re trying to figure out one another while also sorting out our own beliefs about right, wrong, belief, doubt, and the transcendent, it looks, from 2016, like we’ve decided the screen is a decent place to start.

December 20, 2016

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2016 Movies and TV Reflect Americans’ Changing Relationship with Faith, by Alissa Wilkinson

Art provides a place for us to deal with our own fears and search for meaning. Entertainment lets us do this together. When we’re trying to figure out one another while also sorting out our own beliefs about right, wrong, belief, doubt, and the transcendent, it looks, from 2016, like we’ve decided the screen is […]

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The value of disciplines that prepare students to be critical thinkers escapes any politician who prefers only mindless followers, but one look at your Facebook feed ought to convince you that America needs more critical thinkers, not less.

November 7, 2016

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History isn’t a ‘useless’ major: It teaches critical thinking, something America needs plenty more of

The value of disciplines that prepare students to be critical thinkers escapes any politician who prefers only mindless followers, but one look at your Facebook feed ought to convince you that America needs more critical thinkers, not less.

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"This case demonstrates that a well-intentioned majority acting in the name of tolerance and liberalism, can, if unchecked, impose its views on the minority in a manner that is in itself intolerant and illiberal,” concludes the 66-page unanimous decision signed by Chief Justice Robert Bauman and four other justices.

November 2, 2016

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Court Rules in Favor of Canada’s Largest Christian University in Religious Liberties Accreditation Case

“This case demonstrates that a well-intentioned majority acting in the name of tolerance and liberalism, can, if unchecked, impose its views on the minority in a manner that is in itself intolerant and illiberal,” concludes the 66-page unanimous decision signed by Chief Justice Robert Bauman and four other justices.

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If white evangelicals wish to be reconciled with people of color, then they should confess precisely how they have been possessed by something other than the faith they proclaim, irrespective of the repercussions that will befall the penitent and their structures of power.

November 1, 2016

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Jesus and the Dispossessed, by Justin Phillips

If white evangelicals wish to be reconciled with people of color, then they should confess precisely how they have been possessed by something other than the faith they proclaim, irrespective of the repercussions that will befall the penitent and their structures of power.

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My last name and appearance immediately instills a set of biases before I have the chance to open my mouth. The professor's "blue pen was the catalyst that opened an ocean of self-doubt that I worked so hard to destroy.

October 31, 2016

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‘Hence’ Plagiarism: Professor’s Criticism of Latina Honor Student’s Vocabulary Provokes National Conversation on Race

My last name and appearance immediately instills a set of biases before I have the chance to open my mouth. The professor’s “blue pen was the catalyst that opened an ocean of self-doubt that I worked so hard to destroy.

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Once people reach their peak-earnings ages of 56 to 60, liberal-arts majors are 3% ahead of the people with degrees in vocational fields, and each discipline’s top 10% lifetime earners, both history ($3.75M) and philosophy majors’ ($3.46M) outstrip even computer science stars ($3.2M).  -Wall Street Journal

September 16, 2016

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The Liberal Arts Major’s Revenge: Better Long Term Earning Power, By George Anders in WSJ

Once people reach their peak-earnings ages of 56 to 60, liberal-arts majors are 3% ahead of the people with degrees in vocational fields, and each discipline’s top 10% lifetime earners, both history ($3.75M) and philosophy majors’ ($3.46M) outstrip even computer science stars ($3.2M). -Wall Street Journal

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“If I could catch the feeling, I would; the feeling of the singing of the real world, as one is driven by loneliness and silence from the habitable world.” - Virginia Woolf

June 19, 2016

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Virginia Woolf on the Relationship Between Loneliness and Creativity, by Maria Popova

“If I could catch the feeling, I would; the feeling of the singing of the real world, as one is driven by loneliness and silence from the habitable world.” – Virginia Woolf

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 Some of the most popular faith-based movies today aren't just sub-par entertainment -- they're anti-Christian.

April 5, 2016

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I’m a Christian and I Hate Christian Movies, by Alissa Wilkinson

Some of the most popular faith-based movies today aren’t just sub-par entertainment — they’re anti-Christian.

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More than a century before the New Deal, Public Education, and Civil Rights movements, the Second Great Awakening fostered a nation-wide “benevolent empire” of churches caring for the poor, freeing for the oppressed and seeking education for all

March 31, 2016

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The Second Great Awakening: From Rural Revival to National Social Movement

More than a century before the New Deal, Public Education, and Civil Rights movements, the Second Great Awakening fostered a nation-wide “benevolent empire” of churches caring for the poor, freeing for the oppressed and seeking education for all

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March 25, 2016

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Scripture and Culture-Making: What Christian Colleges could Learn from Rabbinic Higher Education

Today’s teenagers know abundant details about the lives of favorite musicians and television stars or about what it takes to get into a good college, but most are not very clear on who Moses and Jesus were. -Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton

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Given the changing racial dynamics in the U.S., it is no surprise many voters gravitate toward Trump's blaming people of color for America’s problems. But the resurrection teaches us that it doesn’t have to be this way.

March 22, 2016

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Trump and the Resurrection, by Christena Cleveland

Given the changing racial dynamics in the U.S., it is no surprise many voters gravitate toward Trump’s blaming people of color for America’s problems. But the resurrection teaches us that it doesn’t have to be this way.

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