The Briefing 09-22-17

  • Is work a prerequisite for food? For able-bodied people, state of TN says yes, so does the Bible
  • ACLU targets religious exemptions for adoptions, and in turn the children of Michigan
  • As U.S. debates monuments, monument to Russian general behind AK-47 comes under fire
  • Worldview book recommendation — Worth Dying for: The Power and Politics of Flag

The Briefing 09-20-17

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  • ‘Will and Grace’ returns, but is it edgy enough?
  • Rolling Stone magazine for sale: How cultural artifacts quickly become more of the past
  • Millennials cast their ballots, or not: Will their failure to vote hurt Democrats?
  • Why the Australia same-sex marriage vote will tell us a lot about the future of marriage, mail, and millennials

The Briefing 09-18-17

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  • Why atheists don’t trust other atheists and what this reveals about moral intuition
  • Looking back on the Summer of Love and the cultural revolution, 50 years later
  • Were The Beatles right, is love really all you need?

The Briefing 09-15-17

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  • Harvard University grapples with admission questions the secular world can’t handle
  • Worldview implications of the health care debate takes shape
  • Are dictators the biggest fans of the smartphone?

The Briefing 09-14-17

  • A judge comes clean about how he actually judges
  • The influence of pragmatism in the culture and its understanding of truth
  • Transgenderism goes to college: Women’s colleges struggle to define what it means to be a woman
  • Why a dress code is never simply a dress code

The Briefing 09-13-17

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  • Research finding that sexual orientation can be revealed by a computer highlights dangers of Artificial Intelligence
  • Is a Utah judge preventing two men from having a biological child, or is it biology itself?
  • The Wall Street Journal asks if we are we richer than we think we are

The Briefing 09-11-17

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  • What the unpredictability of a hurricane says about human vulnerability
  • Dependence on technology revealed as many are in the dark after Hurricane Irma
  • New York Times amazed that hurricane strengthens, rather than weakens Christians’ faith
  • In the face of nature’s chaos, New York Times asks, “Why can’t we stop asking 'Why?'”

The Briefing 09-07-17

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  • The fate of the Reformation in Western Europe, 500 years later
  • The legacy of nominal Protestantism and cultural Christianity
  • A significant number of atheists in the United Kingdom don’t find atheism intellectually satisfying
  • Mayor of New York City tells us what he really believes and it’s unvarnished socialism

The Briefing 09-06-17

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  • Why policy questions and constitutional questions aren’t always one and the same
  • What should our priorities be in the aftermath of the White House’s decision on DACA?
  • The soul of a civilization as Europe tends toward childlessness
  • Messianic message forbidden in China as Communist Party bans Handel’s Messiah

The Briefing 09-05-17

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  • Lessons small become lessons large: North Korean threat reveals necessity of stability and order
  • The strength of relationships vs. the fragility of stuff in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey
  • Two rival visions of Christianity on display in the response to the Nashville Statement

The Briefing 09-01-17

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  • Princess Diana: Not only a pop culture icon, but also a driver of the moral revolution
  • Hurricane Harvey tests the vocabulary of meteorology
  • Courage under fire: How a kindly grandmother who turned out to be an important WWII spy

The Briefing 08-31-17

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  • The new functionalist understanding of religion and how it contrasts with biblical Christianity
  • Finding refuge in the muddled middle: What can we learn from responses to the Nashville Statement?
  • Knowledge vs. Faith: Is there a new chasm in American intellectual and religious life?
  • Should children be told that they can be anything they want to be?

The Briefing 08-30-17

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  • Evangelical coalition releases Nashville statement, a manifesto on biblical sexuality
  • Nowhere to hide: Church faces unavoidable questions on issues of sexuality
  • Why the human scale is the most important scale when it comes to Hurricane Harvey

The Briefing 08-29-17

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  • Harvey dumps over 9 trillion (and counting) gallons of water on Texas. What does this mean?
  • Is marriage just an ‘evolving institution’? One Australian political figure thinks so
  • ‘X’ marks the spot: Canada adds third gender category to passports