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Two Conversations, Worlds Apart

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“The World in a Grain of Sand”: The Importance of Poetry in Christian Education and Life

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Casualties of Modern Education: Money But No Meaning

One story that you will not find the mainstream media covering is the true story of dozens of bankers and Wall-Street executives committing suicide. Literally, jumping off of high-rise buildings to their deaths. One website recounts over 70 banker deaths from non-natural causes in 2013 alone. Another website recounts a list of over 70 banker suicides from 2015 alone. Many or most of these incidents involve people in their 30s and 40s—as well as roof-jumping. So the question is obvious: Why would those in the “prime” of their lives, who appear to be doing well, willingly end it? I certainly don’t...

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Casualties of Modern Education: Specialization Isolation

“And what is your doctorate in?” As a member (or former member) of over a dozen academic societies, I’ve been asked this question too many times to count. And while many academics find it a great opportunity for shameless self-aggrandizement, I’m usually just annoyed. Why? Because it shouldn’t matter. I’m a human being. I’m curious about everything. I can apply my mind to areas outside my “field of study” every day and learn something new—like when the faucet needs replacing, or the car doesn’t start, or the garden plants die. Whether or not my “area” is one thing or another,...

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Do Muslims and Christians believe in the same God?

Perhaps you've heard of the recent dustup over this question at Wheaton College. Theologian Peter Leithart has some deep and good reflections on the issue here. Not to spoil it, but his answer is 'no.'

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The Liberal-Arts: A Better Life AND a Better Job

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“Go to College!” and “Don’t go to College!” (An Introductory Explanation)

In countless internet outlets, whether Forbes.com or Inside Higher Ed, you just can’t swing a dead cat in the weeds without hitting some essay on the value of “liberal arts education.” On one side, arguments are given to legitimize humanities programs and the study of history and language, while on the other side, arguments are shored up to undermine the entire idea of contemporary college education itself. Students are told by famous figures wielding debonair authority, “Go to college,” and then its opposite, “don’t go to college,” or perhaps, “don’t get a job and be typical,” and then, of course,...

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Welcome and Happy New Year

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