The Righteous Mind: Ch. 3 Discussion

I almost felt Haidt breathe a sigh of relief when this chapter was over. After two and a half chapters of slowly preparing us not to dismiss his ideas out of hand, he finally laid out his theory in a series of bullet points near the end of the...

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The Righteous Mind: Ch. 2 Discussion

Riding elephants and dogs wagging tails? With all these adorable metaphors, it’s almost as if Haidt wants us to like him. Why would that matter? Oh. For me, the idea that my rational mind is just a rider, not even the driver, is uncomfortable. I think it’s because being rational...

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The Righteous Mind: Intro + Ch. 1 Discussion

Welcome everyone to the first installment of our reading group discussion. What I’m going to do here is try to open a conversation or set of conversations by raising some questions and highlighting some of the aspects of the reading I found most interesting. I encourage all readers to...

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Reading Group: Glimpse at Author

The Righteous Mind reading group is posting its first discussion on Friday. I thought you might be interested to see what our author is up to currently, especially since it overlaps with major themes of the book. Jonathan Haidt is working with a group called Heterodox Academy, whose mission is...

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Notable Reading in 2015

What’s this? A top X list? Sort of. I don’t know what makes the best books anymore. But here are some things that either I found particularly enjoyable or that made an impact on me. The descriptions here are fairly short, but you can click through the links to...

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The Righteous Mind Schedule and Policies

A poll of interested book group readers resulted in a clear winner, The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt. In this post I’m going to put up a schedule for reading and outline a few policies for getting the most out of the group.  First, some policies. I will be...

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Reading Group: Choose your own book adventure!

In 2016 this blog is hosting a reading group comprised of my friends and whoever else manages to wander in. All are welcome. The first task is to choose a book. Three books are listed below along with an Amazon link so you can read a bit about them....

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Review – Saracens by John Tolan

Tolan has produced a clear, thorough, and comprehensive introduction to the perception of Islam in the West. While somewhat restricted in terms of source material—it relies almost exclusively on histories and treatises—it is chronologically wide-ranging. The reader can follow the developments and disagreements over centuries. Tolan synthesizes massive amounts...

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Review – Concerning the True Care of Souls by Martin Bucer

On the Edition This Banner of Truth Trust edition includes a brief translator’s note, a short historical introduction by David Wright, the translation (about 200 pages) by Peter Beale, a brief appendix by Robert Stupperich on Bucer’s appeal to Chrysostom on clerical marriage, and another brief appendix containing what...

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Woodcuts, the Mass Media of the Reformation?

Right now I’m working my way through an excellent monograph that explores persuasive media used in the Reformation, Andrew Pettegree’s Reformation and the Culture of Persuasion. He discusses the various media by which the Reformation advanced, situating the book alongside other important vehicles: preaching, singing, drama, visual arts, and ephemeral print....

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