Thursday

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?
Wednesday

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
Tuesday

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
Thursday

The Briefing 08-24-17

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  • As the Powerball jackpot soars, states reap reward by preying on most vulnerable citizens
  • Oregon enacts nation’s most radical abortion law, making all taxpayers complicit
  • The sexual revolution goes to kindergarten: Schools 'betray' parents, indoctrinate kids
Wednesday

The Briefing 08-23-17

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  • Explanations of the eclipse reveal clash of worldviews
  • Why Afghanistan is far more than a military challenge
  • After Barcelona attacks, secular Europe still denies the obvious...it’s theological
Friday

The Briefing 08-18-17

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  • Goodness of marriage, family, and work validated in ‘millennial success sequence’
  • Smartphones and happiness: The dangerous effects of screen time on adolescents
  • More time on the internet or less? Great Britain’s debate about technology, security, and health
Wednesday

The Briefing 08-16-17

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  • Head of Scotland’s national arts agency calls for gender inclusivity by coercion in church leadership
  • Pot paradise in California desert? Marijuana company buys California town for cannabis resort
  • College and cannabis: Students perform better after losing legal access to marijuana
Tuesday

The Briefing 08-15-17

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  • What does the rising number of cremations tell us about shifts in America’s worldview?
  • Pyre fit for a King: Thailand prepares for King’s funeral and cremation
  • World maps changed radically 70 years ago today as Pakistan and India gained independence
Thursday

The Briefing 08-10-17

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  • War of words: Tensions at a fever pitch between United States and North Korea
  • Anglicans divided over same-sex marriage as archbishop of Canterbury visits Africa
  • Why does the Western media keep running photographs of a shirtless Vladimir Putin?
Wednesday

The Briefing 08-09-17

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  • In the name of diversity, Google fires employee for not toeing the ideological party line
  • In Silicon Valley, quest for diversity does not extend to older workers
  • London Mayor intervenes to ensure survival of LGBT bar, make sure it is ‘sufficiently gay’