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Moral Combat | Review & Notes

January 27, 2018

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R. Marie Griffith. Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians & Fractured American Politics. Basic Books, 2017. (395 pages) REVIEW I would consider categorizing this book as a “journalistic lamentation.” Griffith’s research and reporting is quite incredible. I can only imagine what she left out. So, if we’re honest, we must understand that there may be […]

Krista Tippett on the Art of Conversation | Review & Notes

January 24, 2018

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Udemy Course online. [2018] Krista Tippett Conversation Starter 1 Krista Tippett Conversation Starter 2 Krista Tippett Conversation Starter 3 Krista Tippett Conversation Starter 4 Krista Tippett Conversation Starter 5 REVIEW The following are my rough notes and highlights. Tippett’s grounding voice, presence, and ideals are deeply important for our personal and public life. There are very […]

The Primal Wound | Notes & Critical Review

January 23, 2018

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Nancy Newton Verrier. The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child. Gateway Press, Inc., 1993. (225 pages) Preface …it was easier for us to give her love than it was for her to accept it. (xiii) At the same time that she tried to provoke the very rejection that she feared, there was a reaction on her […]

TED | Celeste Headlee: 10 ways to have a better conversation

January 23, 2018

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All right, I want to see a show of hands: how many of you have unfriended someone on Facebook because they said something offensive about politics or religion, childcare, food And how many of you know at least one person that you avoid because you just don’t want to talk to them? You know, it […]

What’s Wrong With Religion? | Notes & Critical Review

January 14, 2018

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Skye Jethani. What’s Wrong With Religion? 9 Things No One Told You About Faith. Skypilot Media, 2017. (119 pages) NOTES Intro: Religion Is A Game Chapter 1 Everyone Is Religious The idea that all spiritual paths lead to the same destination ignores each religion’s unique teachings, culture, and history. It also misses the shared human struggle […]

Silence | Reflections & Select Quotes

January 12, 2018

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Silence [R] 2016. Wikipedia page. Anthony Lane, New Yorker, “Martin Scorsese’s Strained ‘Silence'”; John Patterson, The Guardian, “Silence: Scorsese’s new film is not worth making a noise about”; Emma Green, The Atlantic, “Martin Scorsese’s Radical Act of Turning Theology Into Art”; Paul Elie, New York Times, “The Passion of Martin Scorsese” REFLECTIONS There are some emotions […]

TED | Lisa Feldman Barrett: You aren’t at the mercy of your emotions, your brain creates them

January 3, 2018

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My research lab sits about a mile from where several bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon in 2013. The surviving bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of Chechnya, was tried, convicted and sentenced to death. Now, when a jury has to make the decision between life in prison and the death penalty, they base their decision largely on whether or not the defendant feels […]