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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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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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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 – Ascetic Eucharists by Andrew McGowan

Summary: Ascetic Eucharists by Andrew McGowan is a landmark book in early Christian studies both for its methodology and its content. Its successful marrying of anthropological techniques, broad familiarity with the ancient world, and close reading of texts provide a benchmark for future research. Though at times the monograph betrays its...

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Satire, Friend of the Christian Humanist

Should a Christian humanist approve of Stephen Colbert or Saturday Night Live? Read this snippet from Heinrich Bullinger’s A Plan of Study and decide for yourself. But whoever rejects and hates satire on the grounds that the word “satire” is derived from “satyr,” because this genre of poetry contains things ridiculous...

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The Christian Humanists’ Guide to Drinking and Sex

Yes, it’s a clickbait title. It’s also accurate. This is from chapter 2 of Heinrich Bullinger’s A Plan of Study, a guide to aspiring Christian humanists: For everyone knows what Seneca wrote on this topic to Lucilius in book 12 of his correspondence and what Pliny wrote in book 14...

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Livy Line by Line: 4.1 Part 2

Step 1: The Text as a Whole (quickly read, look up vocab) Forte quadam divinitus super ripas Tiberis effusus lenibus stagnis nec adiri usquam ad iusti cursum poterat amnis et posse quamvis...

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