Monthly Archives: December 2007

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In a nutshell standing on one leg

A story is told about novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand, who, was once asked if she could summarize her philosophy of Objectivism while standing on one leg. She did, and her succinct statement of her philosophy in a nutshell is … Continue reading

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Book review: Skinner, Beyond Freedom and Dignity

In his controversial classic, Beyond Freedom and Dignity (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1971), B.F. Skinner proposes a scientific model for the study of human behavior and challenges the traditional theory of man as a purposeful, autonomous being with personality … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

A few weeks ago, during a visit to a local church, a deacon at that church cornered me and asked me one of those questions you know immediately is “loaded.” Loaded questions are tricky to respond to honestly given that … Continue reading

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Christmas Mysteries

Americans love good fiction, says pollster George Barna, which seems to be a peculiar opening sentence for a report on his recent survey of what Americans believe about some familiar Bible stories – – including the virgin birth.  It’s not … Continue reading

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Book Review: Palmer, To Know As We Are Known

In To Know As We Are Known: Education as a Spiritual Journey by Parker J. Palmer (San Francisco, CA: HarperOne, 1993), 160 pp, $13.95 ISBN-10: 0060664517), author, activist, teacher and nationally recognized educational expert, offers a new model for knowing, … Continue reading

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Readings for Advent and Christmas from Gutenberg

One of my favorite and often-visited websites is that of the Project Gutenberg. There are over 20,000 free books (electronic texts) in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog, a bibliophile’s dream! It’s been a great source of reading material for … Continue reading

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Book review: Thompson, Family: The Forming Center

The central thesis of Marjorie J Thompson’s Family: The Forming Center. A vision of the role of family in spiritual formation (Nashville: Upper Room Books, 1996), is that, for good or evil, the home is the primary context in which … Continue reading

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