July 1, 2015

The Blind Side Leading the Blind: Better Faith-Based Filmmaking by Living Better Stories, by Gary David Stratton

“Wow, I’ve finally met someone who practices but doesn’t preach.” —Sandra Bullock, speaking of Leigh Anne Tuohy, whom Bullock portrayed in her Oscar-winning performance

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June 30, 2015

Wendell Berry on How to Be a Poet and a Complete Human Being, by Maria Popova

Any readers
who like your poems,
doubt their judgment.

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June 29, 2015

Despite Stigma: Research Points to Maturity of “Boomerang” Millennials, by Corey Magstadt

Think “boomerang” kids are less mature than their peers? Think again. “The negativity surrounding popular views of intergenerational co-residence casts a pall on what can be (and usually is) a rewarding experience.” -Alicia Patterson, PhD

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June 28, 2015

Why White Terrorists Attack Black Churches, by Matthew J. Cressler, PhD

The lines that divide the religious from the political have always been more porous than Thomas Jefferson’s imagined “wall of separation” between church and state. Black churches exist as simultaneously religious and political institutions, and that has made them targets.

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June 26, 2015

Master Shots: First and Final Frames of 55 Films Side-by-Side, by Jacob T. Swinney

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The Meta-Story and Worldview of many films is discernible from little more than their first and final shots. Don’t believe it? Watch this video!

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June 25, 2015

Game of Loans: Democratic Support for Debt-Free College Growing, by Michael Stafford

“It’s potentially a really far-reaching, dramatic reshuffling of higher education,” said Terry Hartle, senior vice president for government relations and public affairs at the American Council on Education.

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June 24, 2015

Joseph Fiennes to play Eric Liddell in Chinese Sequel to Chariots of Fire, by Kat Brown

Liddell regarded as a hero in China: Winston Churchill arranged prisoner swap for the Olympic star’s release from Japanese prison camp only to have Liddell turn it down so a pregnant inmate could gain freedom instead

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June 24, 2015

Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last, by Maria Popova

Do stories grow? Pretty obviously — anybody who has ever heard a joke being passed on from one person to another knows that they can grow, they can change. Can stories reproduce? Well, yes.

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June 23, 2015

Psychology Backs the Power of Developing a Positive Worldview, by Todd W. Hall, PhD

You can’t directly change your worldview, but you can seek out new experiences that create the conditions for change. “Implicit Relational Trust” is a good place to start…

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June 22, 2015

The Endangered Liberal Arts College, by Jason Jones

Saving Sweet Briar (for now) doesn’t undo the disinformation campaign against the liberal arts, who comprise about 4 percent of U.S. colleges and do extraordinary things typically not found in any other institution type. Data supporting this claim of quality can be found in multiple studies (outlined and hyperlinked below), and it deserves some attention because such dedication to uncompromised quality in a close academic community falls on deaf ears in our national conversation that focuses primarily on quantity, scale and technology.

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