Browsing All Posts published on »July, 2017«

Homo Deus | Notes & Critical Reflections

July 23, 2017

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Yuval Noah Harari. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. Harper, 2017 (449 pages) 1 The New Human Agenda For the first time in history, more people die today from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed […]

Youth Ministry’s Pivot in the Faith and Science Conversation | Critical Reflections

July 23, 2017

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This article was inboxed to me by a congregant and friend. Out of respect for the people I serve and with whom I share community, I offer below the article in full with my comments in bold and blue, “[via:…].” Youth Ministry’s Pivot in the Faith and Science Conversation Steve Argue, PhD If you’re a youth […]

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time | Reflections

July 19, 2017

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Wikipedia entry. With similarities to Next To Normal, (one of my favorite productions of all time), The Curious Incident put on stage the mind of Autism, and drew the audience in to the head space through lights, and actors. It was a thoughtful presentation, though obviously, it falls short of one’s real experience. The boldness of the […]

Not In God’s Name | Notes & Reflections

July 2, 2017

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Not In God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence. Schocken Books, 2015. (305 pages) I: Bad Faith 1. Altruistic Evil Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. – Blaise Pascal Religion in the form of polytheism entered the world as the vindication of power. Not only […]

A Failure Of Nerve | Review & Notes

July 1, 2017

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Edwin H. Friedman. A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix. Seabury Books and The Edwin Friedman Trust, 1999, 2007. (260 pages) Greg Wiens review; All Is Grist review; Todd Noren-Hentz book notes; Todd Hiestand summary; 10th Anniversary Introduction; Alastair’s Adversaria’s review/notes; Bob Thune 500 word summary; Edwin Friedman Tables from A Failure […]

Bitten By A Camel | Notes, Reflections, & Critical Review

July 1, 2017

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Kent Dobson. Bitten By A Camel. Fortress Press, 2017. (158 pages) [These notes and review is of a pre-publication copy.] 1. Spiritual Mountaineering If you want to be shaken to your core, if you want to eat amazing food, if you want to unlearn all your political positions, if you want to marvel at the complexity […]