American Civil Religion

Social Sciences

American Civil Religion —  Book review by James Childs on an e-book from Gary Laderman.   This 93 page book “is in some respects a narrative of matters familiar and yet it is done insightfully.  He opens up possibilities for thinking about our civil religion that may not otherwise occur to us….  Since this is an […]

Not Just For Profit

Business, Econ, Marketing

Not Just for Profit: An Expanded View on the Personhood of Corporations — The Supreme Court’s questioning of the government’s lawyer suggested that its attempt to distinguish between for-profit and other corporate forms did not make sense.  American businesses have always been free to accomplish a variety of purposes—purposes, like Hobby Lobby’s high starting wage—that […]

Do We Know What Life Is?

Natural Sciences

Do We Know What Life Is? — Philosopher Alva Noe critiques the renewed PBS series, “Cosmos,” by noticing what the program’s host, cosmologist Neil deGrass Tyson, did not include about evolution: “Here’s what he didn’t say: Darwin’s theory of evolution doesn’t speak to the question of how life got started…. the question of life’s origins […]

A New Series of Children’s Story Books on Evolution

A New Series of Children’s Story Books on Evolution — In delaying evolution instruction, we may miss an opportunity to leverage children’s natural curiosity about the biological world, and to establish the foundations for a more accurate scientific understanding before misconceptions become deeply entrenched. So here’s the challenge for educators (and parents): figuring out how […]

When Science Comes to Church

Natural Sciences

When Science Comes to Church — We don’t have to have all the answers to our kids’ (or our own) questions about the complex intersection of science and faith. We just have to be in the game. If we’re willing to address the topic, people will listen eagerly and engage with us. If we’re not […]

Nones a Mix of Theists and Non-theists

All New Briefs

Nones a Mix of Theists and Non-Theists — Today, “nones” include many more unbranded believers than atheists, and an increasingly diverse racial and ethnic mix. And, researchers say, this is already making nones’ attitudes and opinions less predictably liberal on social issues.

Vivaldi’s Business Plan

Vivaldi’s Business Plan — In the U.S. everyone thinks St. Martin-in-the-Fields is an orchestra. In the U.K. everyone thinks it’s a homeless shelter. The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields is over 50 years old and St. Martin’s today, with 350 concerts a year, offers the fullest concert program in the U.K.  Meanwhile the Connection at St. Martin-in-the-Fields […]

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