Last Person to Receive a Civil War Pension Dies

Kottke: This is a great example of the Great Span, the link across large periods of history by individual humans. But it’s also a reminder that, as William Faulkner wrote: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Until this week, US taxpayers were literally and directly…

Justice Too Long Delayed

Christianity Today: Two explorers enter a cave filled with the most elaborate spiderwebs. One of them cannot locate a spider, and thus refuses to believe it exists. You see the webs, replies the other. The spider is implied. Racial prejudice is the implied spider that has woven the web of…

Statement on Racialized Violence

The Bible very clearly demands justice in the sight of oppression and murder. In response to vain worship, the Lord told ancient Israel, “Take away from Me the noise of your songs, For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments. But let justice run down like water,…

“The birth of a new religion”

Adrienne LaFrance for The Atlantic: QAnon is emblematic of modern America’s susceptibility to conspiracy theories, and its enthusiasm for them. But it is also already much more than a loose collection of conspiracy-minded chat-room inhabitants. It is a movement united in mass rejection of reason, objectivity, and other Enlightenment…

The constrained vision

“What elevates the constrained visions’ virtue, not to mention its viability in finding workable solutions while encouraging cooperation, is sober realism that people will make mistakes, combined with its willingness to move beyond such mistakes to foster cooperation"bruceashford.net/2020/the-...…

“that ancient theology can better answer contemporary problems than any of the modern secular world’s solutions”

Tara Isabella Burton for the NYT: “Weird Christians reject as overly accommodationist those churches, primarily Mainline Protestant denominations like Episcopalianism and Lutheranism, that have watered down the stranger and more supernatural elements of the faith (like miracles, say, or the literal resurrection of Jesus Christ). But they reject, too, the…

The “arbitrary activity that was cooked up by 20-somethings in some incubator rec room in northern California” that passes as “social”

Source » Cal Newport on the Ezra Klein Show: “Digital interaction” actually doesn’t come close to giving the same rewards as… real world conversation. So this is why you can actually get more lonely as you spend more time doing digital interaction. It’s not because the digital interaction itself…

“The soul that does not eat pepper is a dead soul”

Source » Yewande Komolafe for the NYT: There is a saying in Yoruba, one of the languages spoken by the people of southwestern Nigeria, that translates as “The soul that does not eat pepper is a dead soul.” The saying refers not to just one single element, but to the variety…

The seven A’s of saying “I’m sorry”

Source » David Bailey on Christianity Today’s “Quick to Listen” podcast: I mean, this is old school, but I love it man. I think Peacemaker’s has a really great way. It’s the Seven A’s of Apologies, and that’s: Address everyone involved, you know, all the who’…