Friday

The Briefing 12-02-16

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  • A clash of civilizations? Exploring the nature of the conflict between Islam and the West
  • Moral evil and the danger of moral exhaustion: What 9/11's mastermind can teach us about terrorism
  • BuzzFeed piece on Chip and Joanna Gaines a shot at all "guilty" of holding to historic Christianity
  • For many around the world, Hollywood is America's sole ambassador. What message is being communicated?
Wednesday

The Briefing 11-30-16

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  • Authenticity in advertising or hypocrisy in posturing? Down Syndrome and recent advertising trends
  • A new kind of evangelicalism? The Doctrine of Scripture and Red Letter Christianity
  • Is it wrong to subject gorillas to captivity? Man, the image of God, and creation
  • As wildfires blaze across the American South, we should pray for the first responders and rain
Tuesday

The Briefing 11-29-16

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  • Secularists in Great Britain offended by Prime Minister Theresa May's vague statement on faith
  • Is it possible to understand the world without taking religion seriously? Missing religion at the BBC
  • How designers refusing to dress the Trumps exposed the left's inconsistency on moral objection
Monday

The Briefing 11-28-16

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  • Fidel Castro, one of the most infamous figures of the 20th century, dead at age 90
  • Why the nomination of a Secretary of Education reveals the fault lines of America’s worldview conflict
Wednesday

The Briefing 11-23-16

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  • Thanks be to whom? Celebrating Thanksgiving in an increasingly secular age
  • The sin of ingratitude and the remedy of thanks: Biblical foundations of Thanksgiving
Tuesday

The Briefing 11-22-16

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  • Who can forgive sin? Pope Francis extends dispensation of forgiveness for women who've had an abortion
  • China considers lifting sanctions against out-of-wedlock births to boost low birth rate
  • Tinder goes non-binary: Online dating site adds 37+ gender options for users
  • No moral responsibility? Surgeon General says addiction should be treated like disease.
Monday

The Briefing 11-21-16

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  • Who's checking the fact checkers? Fake news and the destabilization of the media
  • Confrontation between 'Hamilton' cast and Pence illustrates our deep cultural chasm in America
  • Why do some new buildings not have a 13th floor? Modernity's lingering superstitions
Thursday

The Briefing 11-17-16

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  • Can pollsters no longer be trusted? A credibility crisis in political news, analysis, and science
  • Facts, value, and truth: Are we witnessing the end of truth in America?
  • "Post-truth" and 2016: What Oxford's word of the year tells us about society
  • College and university campuses are increasingly out of step with the rest of the nation
Wednesday

The Briefing 11-16-16

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  • The alt-right, nationalism, and Stephen Bannon: What do Trump's presidential appointments signal?
  • While Congressional Republicans rally behind Paul Ryan, Democrats wrestle over future of their party
  • The BGCT, a moderate Baptist convention in Texas, confronts two churches over LGBT stance
Tuesday

The Briefing 11-15-16

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  • Geography, demographics, and worldview: Sorting through the aftermath of the 2016 election
  • Hollywood in mourning: For America's cultural elites, election night was a disaster
  • Academic elites at Harvard reflect on radical ideological uniformity in wake of election
  • The Battle of Ideas: "Elections determine who takes power, not who offers the truth."
Monday

The Briefing 11-14-16

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  • In the 2016 presidential election, an astonishing 42 states shifted to the right
  • "Not my president": Anti-democratic spirit in some protests of the election of Donald Trump
  • Why the Electoral College? Understanding the worldview behind the architecture of the US Constitution
  • In telling 60 Minutes interview, Donald Trump says he is "fine with" same-sex marriage
Thursday

The Briefing 11-10-16

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  • In gracious statements, Hillary Clinton and Pres. Obama champion the peaceful transference of power
  • The eyes of the world on America: What kind of President will Donald Trump be?
  • Colorado legalizes physician-assisted suicide under the euphamism "End of Life Options" Act
  • Eight states legalized marijuana on Tuesday, setting up inevitable showdown with federal
  • Death penalty upheld by voters in three states, including the very liberal California
Tuesday

The Briefing 11-08-16

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  • Democratic VP nominee Tim Kaine threatens removal of Senate filibuster for SCOTUS nominees
  • The importance of down-ballot voting: Christians must steward their vote in state and local elections
  • Euthanasia, marijuana, death penalty: Referenda give citizens opportunity to directly shape policy
  • Understanding the third party candidates: Jill Stein, Gary Johnson, and Evan McMullin
Thursday

The Briefing 11-03-16

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  • LGBT community to Peter Thiel: Being gay is about political identity, not sexual identity
  • Will Airbnb's new "community commitment" eliminate discrimination, or is it just virtue signaling?
  • Who's leading the opposition to expanding gambling in New Jersey? Area casino magnates
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