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An Open Letter to College Freshmen.

I came across this article as I was perusing my regular cavalcade of blogs. Some great notes here and a good reminder for those like me who, while not freshman, can still benefit from some of the points Matt has listed. And, of course, it has some really beneficial stuff for those who are freshman.

Take some time to read it. I hope it sparks something that will stick with you in a thoughtful and engaging way!

Blessings 🙂

Dear College Freshmen,

Congratulations on getting into the university of your dreams.  And if it’s not of your dreams, congratulations anyway.  You have the opportunity before you to join the 10% of people in the world who have a college degree.  That doesn’t make you smart, at least not on its own.  But it does make you rare, and that’s something.

– See more at: http://mereorthodoxy.com/world-built-discipline-open-letter-college-freshmen/#sthash.tfFYpmL2.dpuf

Dear College Freshmen,

Congratulations on getting into the university of your dreams.  And if it’s not of your dreams, congratulations anyway.  You have the opportunity before you to join the 10% of people in the world who have a college degree.  That doesn’t make you smart, at least not on its own.  But it does make you rare, and that’s something.

– See more at: http://mereorthodoxy.com/world-built-discipline-open-letter-college-freshmen/#sthash.tfFYpmL2.dpuf

Dear College Freshmen,

Congratulations on getting into the university of your dreams.  And if it’s not of your dreams, congratulations anyway.  You have the opportunity before you to join the 10% of people in the world who have a college degree.  That doesn’t make you smart, at least not on its own.  But it does make you rare, and that’s something.

– See more at: http://mereorthodoxy.com/world-built-discipline-open-letter-college-freshmen/#sthash.tfFYpmL2.dpuf

Dear College Freshmen,

Congratulations on getting into the university of your dreams.  And if it’s not of your dreams, congratulations anyway.  You have the opportunity before you to join the 10% of people in the world who have a college degree.  That doesn’t make you smart, at least not on its own.  But it does make you rare, and that’s something.

– See more at: http://mereorthodoxy.com/world-built-discipline-open-letter-college-freshmen/#sthash.tfFYpmL2.dpuf

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What Is Analytic Theology? – Justin Taylor.

Great post here by Taylor about Analytic Theology. The video clip, hosted by the University of Notre Dame, is a roundtable of three notable scholars today, working in the trenches between philosophy and theology.

The video is a great summary for those interested in the field, intrigued by the title, or wanting to know more about how philosophy and theology work together in making sense of the world today from their various disciplinary viewpoints.

If you are interested in additional resources, check http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Analytic%20Theology

Also, check here: http://journalofanalytictheology.com/jat/index.php/jat

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Scary stories

What Happens When You Deprive Children of Scary Stories – Justin Taylor.

This is an excellent post. It seems today that there is a tendency to either let children take in all that culture has to offer or to minimize and cut off all access to the outside world. Yet I think this has been the struggle of parents throughout history, though living in 21st century, modernized America with its politically correct atmosphere does engender stranger attitudes.

Children are more apt to be sheltered from death and talk of religion and the supernatural, because they frankly might never have to face it. However, in life even into the early 1900’s, life was a precarious issue and walking out your door, as Bilbo once put it, was a very dangerous business.

But this link offers more than just a commentary on cultural issues, for it seems that scary stories are good for your soul. Just think of The Brother’s Grimm and what those stories have done for a veritable cultural renaissance (pretty sure almost all Disney fairy-tale’s take their cue from here). And what about Harry Potter for the last generation. Lord Voldemort, errr, he-who-must-not-be-named, was capturing the minds of children around the world as they were subconsciously dealing with learning to be a hero as they identified with the three protagonists and felt every bit of pain and struggle as they read and watched the story unfold.

So, are scary stories a way to build the imagination and moral formation of the next upcoming generation? Read the story and tell me what you think!?

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Humility

Attn Philosophers and Theologians: Check out the link below for details pertaining to this project at Saint Louis University.

It will be of tremendous value to the philosophical community and looks to be enticing and exciting for those interested in various specializations in epistemology, though it will not be solely relegated to that realm.

Do some work and give the world a better understanding of humility and how it works and what it looks like to be people who exhibit humility openly, honestly, and properly in all areas of life and scholarship. If this peaks your interests, then check out the details at the link below.

The Philosophy and Theology of Intellectual Humility Project at Saint Louis University – The Prosblogion.

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This is an excellent post over at Justin Taylor’s blog @ The Gospel Coalition. Wolterstorff on Christian Scholarship and the Love of Understanding – Justin Taylor. Also, check out the video below or access it through Taylor’s website.

Wolterstorff is an aged and agile mind, and gives his knowledge in an erudite, yet accessible way. This post is first class and the video is also first rate. Check it out and take some time to ponder his message.

 

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Taylor had a post today about the US Constitution. I was excited for the post because I have been thinking about our political rights as citizens and the danger that those rights are facing. Simply put: bigger government means less rights for you.

But, beyond that subjective point, it seems that Americans are woefully unequipped when it comes to an understanding of their rights. They mostly understand freedom of speech (sort of), and most rednecks that I know can tell you all about right to arms, but other things like foreign policy, religious freedom, and equality become mired in popular, quasi-savy political rhetoric. I mean, it takes a nice suit, a flashy smile, and some media exposure for a man/woman to gain political appeal. Forget that they are, for lack of better wording here, stupid.

The point is: we all need to spend some serious time thinking about our constitutional rights. We should have a working knowledge of our rights and we should stand up in defense of them. Of course, this post itself is a product of political wrangling. I understand how daunting this task is. However, I turn you over to Taylor’s post below. He offers some helpful resources in which we can begin to seek after equality, justice, and American sensibility.

U.S. Constitution 101 – Justin Taylor.

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So, I am browsing the internet this morning, on the prowl for any piece of information that catches my fancy. I go to a favorite website Reasonable Faith

If you do not know William Lane Craig, you should visit his site and check out his credentials. Among being a world-class philosopher and theologian, savy debater, and all around philosophical savant, he is also a pastoral mentor and lover of Jesus Christ.

I have followed his ministry for years. I have met him in person, thanked him for his life and ministry, and tried to discuss philosophy with him. I use “tried” graciously, for most of my comments, at least in my mind, seemed to come across as, “Gee, hey Dr. Craig. You know, Plato was a pretty cool dude, herp derp.”

So, why tell you this? And what does this have to do with children?

Well, as I was browsing his website, looking at what new material he has put out and what he is currently involved in, I came across this:

At the cost of sounding like a fan-boy, I will say that this resource is awesome! If you want to train your children to love Jesus, you should use this as a resource.

Just so were on the same page. Yes, you should still take your children to church, discuss their Sunday school lessons (or whatever your equivalent is where you worship), read the Bible with them, memorize the Bible with them, and show the practical outworking of the Gospel in your day-to-day life. BUT, you should make time to train their mind in the process. I mean, you do want your children to love Jesus, right?

Then begin training them to love Him holistically.  Check out this resource and see if it is something you might want to use. And, if you think your children are incapable of understanding proper, logical argumentation, and that they are ruled only by emotional desires akin to the Cookie Monster; then pay attention to how they try to persuade you to get that next toy, dessert, or accessory! They are more intelligent than we think.

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