A review of an interesting book on the meaning of the Declaration of Independence.
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I’m grateful not to have spent much time in churches where fact-checking was needed. But, I’ve heard some sermons…
What to make of Amazon and Jeff Bezos? Here’s a review of a recent book. I remain a bit suspicious of the instinct of those like the reviewer who seem unwilling to think about a fairly disruptive future (it’s at least possible, if not likely) and how that might be good (as well as bad) in at least some important ways. I don’t think the status quo is sustainable, and I don’t think electornic book pricing is where it really ought to be (on this, I think Amazon is more likely right). Well, I guess that’s why we have to wait for the future.
Here’s a libertarian/right take on the current status of the publishing industry. It’s sure a mess.
In the midst of the rancor and strife, I thought this was a helpful and well-executed dialog. First, from Kevin DeYoung, Five Questions for Christians who Believe the Bible Supports Gay Marriage. And then a direct response with Answers to Kevin DeYoung’s Questions from Future Church Now.
Agree or disagree (you’re bound to disagree with at least one of them!), this was done in a charitable and clarifying tone.
While I”m not quite sure the form is entirely dead, I’ll admit that many of the older ones seem so much better. Perhaps it’s my bias that makes me think this. Or perhaps some of the issues raised in this essay are relevant.
I do think there can be something useful that comes of thinking about issues of privilege (though most often they are multiplex; it’s not just race, but economics and class and networking and more). But we’ve probably gone too far at times (often provoking resentment rather than understanding). Regardless of the accuracy of my opinion on that, I think the notion of half-white privilege should be quickly killed, because it leads to a very dark place. At least I suspect it does.
Which means I mostly agree with this post: You hate musicals because you are dead inside.
Virginia Postrel on divergent strategies in a digital world. I think Postrel’s position makes far more sense, but it’s hard to persuade entrenched interests.
A review of Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace by Nikil Saval. Not a super positive review, but the book still looks like it could be worth a look for those of us who have or have had cubicle style lives.