Stories I’ve Found, 11/2/2012

Interesting stories I’ve found lately:

Here’s a course I’d like to see offered: The Ideological Fight Club. I’m glad Leah Libresco and other young people have an idea of how to go about intellectual dissent and persuasion. I’ve felt that in order to attack a position you must first be able to present and defend it as thoroughly as possible to the satisfaction of an adherent, and then present your rebuttal without emotion, triumphalism or rancor. At least, it’s the way to try with integrity.

Frank Viola issues a Warning: The World is Watching How We Christians Treat One Another  His quote of Gandhi: “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ, , ,” is a very appropriate summation of many of us Christians, Catholic and Protestant alike. We tend to be less careful and charitable in dealing with our family and close friends than anyone else; we are quicker to call our co-religionists in error than ourselves. By the way, Frank isn’t the former pitcher for the Minnesota Twins and New York Mets.

Dilshad Ali’s Hajj journey is about a journey of faith like those many of us have tried: seeking to do the right thing so God will give us what we want. Her father-in-law gave her the best advice, to see prayer as something we do for God and not a bargain to get something else.  She responds positively to him.

Leah Libresco’s meditation on the character of Severus Snape  raises an excellent question for those seeking mastery of knowledge. There is a temptation to master something vital as an end to power, and put aside everything else, including our humanity and compassion, in the process. She also does re-write Snape’s character into a more fascinating shape than the original author did (with apologies to JKR).

For those of you wondering about the Mayan calendar doomsday prediction for 12/21/2012, it’s good to know what today’s Mayans are saying about it.  I’ll make a bet with anyone who says this date is it: if we’re still here the next day, you can buy me breakfast.

Young professionals are leaving China for religious freedom, among other things.  Very interesting in this day and age. Destinations mentioned in this article: Australia and Canada.

A friend of mine puts the comic strip Coffee with Jesus on her Facebook wall every now and then. It’s funny and thought provoking.

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