By linking the choice of new birth with his audience’s choice of a new American identity, British evangelist George Whitefield provided a common American experience that unified diverse colonists who lacked a common identity
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January 30, 2017
Paparazzi in the Hands of an Angry God: The Great Awakening and the Birth of American Celebrity Culture
January 20, 2017
Think the fiery Puritan who preached America’s most famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of Angry God,” would threaten to dangle celebrities over the pit of hell? Think again.
June 19, 2016
Comments Off on 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
January 30, 2016
Comments Off on Ten Habits of Highly Creative People, by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire
The discovery of the “default network” of the brain—the part of the brain at work when we are not purposefully engaged in other tasks—is one of the most important recent discoveries in neuroscience. Neuroscientists have discovered that solitary, inwardly focused reflection employs a different brain network than outwardly focused attention.
December 6, 2015
Comments Off on The Intelligence of Emotions: Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on How Storytelling Rewires Us
The stories we tell ourselves about who we are and what we feel shape our emotional and ethical reality, which of course is the great psychological function of literature and the reason why art can function as a form of therapy.
November 18, 2015
Comments Off on Are Doomsday Approaches to the Loss of Faith Among Millennials Accurate? by RJS
Headlines scream … Ex-Christians, Young Adults Leaving the Faith, A Generation of Dropouts, Quitting Church, the Rise of the Nones. We are on the verge of a crisis with faith and the faithful in retreat. Could we be the last Christian generation or have we exaggerated a catastrophic problem?
November 17, 2015
Comments Off on Religious ‘nones’ are not only growing, they’re becoming more secular, by Michael Lipka
Religiously unaffiliated Americans are younger, on average, than the general public to begin with, and the youngest adults in the group – that is, those who have entered adulthood in the last several years – are even less religious than “nones” overall.
November 16, 2015
Comments Off on How should Christians handle a rapidly changing culture? by Michael Gerson
The early centuries of the Christian church, which included periodic persecution, were also a period of explosive growth, due (in part) to the communal compassion that distinguished believers.
October 20, 2015
Comments Off on The surprising institutions that refuse to drop the liberal arts, by Jon Marcus
As mainstream universities and colleges cut liberal-arts courses and programs in favor of more vocational disciplines, and the number of students majoring in the humanities continues to decline, unexpected types of institutions are expanding their requirements in the liberal arts with the conviction that these courses teach the kinds of skills employers say they want, […]
Creative Courage for Young Hearts: Picture Books Celebrating the Lives of Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists, by Maria Popova
September 29, 2015
Comments Off on Creative Courage for Young Hearts: Picture Books Celebrating the Lives of Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists, by Maria Popova
Jane Goodall, Julia Child, Pablo Neruda, Marie Curie, E.E. Cummings, Albert Einstein, Ella Fitzgerald, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Frida Kahlo, and more.
September 22, 2015
Comments Off on How ‘Faith-Based Film’ Became a Dirty Term, by Emma Green in The Atlantic
Hollywood is getting hip to the Christian box-office boost, but the directors of movies like Captive don’t want to be lumped in with the religious flops of the past.
September 16, 2015
Comments Off on Build Pockets of Stillness Into Your Life, Maria Popova’s ‘Do Lecture’
Reflections on “Brain Pickings” at age 7: How Maria Popova’s ‘little labor of love’ newsletter became a source of such great joy for her and her 7 million readers!
September 4, 2015
Comments Off on World-Renowned Painter Makoto Fujimura Appointed Director of Fuller Seminary’s Brehm Center
“I hope to be a catalyst for innovation in the future of seminary education, integrating the best of the arts into the church, seeing cities as classrooms for that integration, and helping the church to become the leading practitioner of culture care.” —Mako Fujimura
September 2, 2015
Comments Off on Why Evangelical Films Fail, by Peter J. Leithart
Evangelicalism is a word religion. I’m a big fan of words, but even talking pictures aren’t fundamentally about words. Evangelical films over-explain, over-talk. They don’t trust the images to do the work.
August 2, 2015
Comments Off on Honey, I Broke the Website: Two Handed Warriors back online 10 days after crash
Here’s the good news, July 23-24 witnessed the largest THW 24 hour site use of all time. Here’s the bad news, the website went down around 7pm (EDT) on the 24th. After a week of frustration and a lot of help, we are finally back online.