Patriotism Inside the American Church

“On the Sunday morning preceding Brad’s post, my wife and I sat through a church service that featured boy scouts parading the flag right before the congregation stood and pledged allegiance to it. I whispered, “and to the republic for which it stands,” unsure exactly what was happening. My wife protested by remaining silent.”

Read more at: http://bit.ly/churchpatriot

Digitally mined from: www.christandpopculture.com

 

200 Years of Frankenstein: Mary Shelley’s Masterpiece as a Lens on Today’s Most Pressing Questions of Science, Ethics, and Human Creativity

Summary:

“The year is 1816. Decades stand between her and the first working incandescent light bulb. It would be more than a century before the Milky Way is revealed as not the whole of the universe but one of innumerable galaxies in it. Photography is yet to be invented; the atom yet to be split; Neptune, penicillin, and DNA yet to be discovered; relativity theory and quantum mechanics yet to be conceived of. The very word scientist is yet to be coined…”

Read more at: http://bit.ly/200yearsofFrank

Digitally mined from: www.brainpickings.org

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Anthony Bourdain Taught Us about Breaking Bread in a Broken World

Summary: “Interspersed between the tributes from my chef friends are the thoughts of those to whom Bourdain opened new insight into the diversity of the world. He introduced them to the cultural and political realities behind so many foods. He modeled curiosity and empathy. As one friend put it, Bourdain “reveled in the multitudinous complexity” of humanity.”

Read more at: http://bit.ly/BourdainBreaking

Digitally mined from: www.christandpopculture.com

 

How Native American Food is tied to important sacred stories

Summary: “Indigenous people from around the world revere certain traditional foods as sacred. Like salmon in the Northwest U.S. and Canada, corn or maize has, for millennia, been the most important food for indigenous communities, in Mexico and Central America.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/NativeFood

Digitally mined from: www.religionnews.com


Responding to American Christianity’s Obsession with Youth

Summary:Centuries ago, some of our ancestors powdered their wigs in order to appear older and wiser. Today, adults dye their hair darker to seem young and relevant. It’s difficult to dispute that, as Simon Donnan put it, “Youth is the new global currency.”

Read more at: http://bit.ly/AmericanObsession

Digitally mined from: www.religionnews.com