CRB reviews Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom by Ryan T. Anderson.
CJ reviews The Nazi Hunters by Andrew Nagorski.
Letting Go by Amy Westervelt.
Science is discovering what religion has always known: forgiveness is good for us. But that doesn’t make it any easier.
You Need More Than Rat Tumors to Prove Phones Cause Cancer by Emma Grey Ellis and Nick Stockton.
Cell phones might cause cancer. Then again, maybe not. Figuring out which is the case begins with rats. Scientists trying to answer the question will dose the little critters with radiation and look for tumors.
Well, tumors showed up in a recent study and people are worried. News stories today in Mother Jones, STAT, Scientific American and elsewhere reported (with varying degrees of skepticism) on some pre-publication data implicating that cell phones may indeed cause certain types of tumors in mice and rats. Which could be important, if true—the study hasn’t been scientifically vetted yet. And rats are just one early step in identifying whether a real risk to humans exists. In order to get from a rat’s tumor to a human cancer risk, you have to do a lot more science.
“Radical” vs. “Moderate” Islam: A Muslim View by Raymond Ibrahim.
After his recent electoral victory, it emerged that Sadiq Khan, London’s first Muslim mayor, had described moderate Muslim groups as “Uncle Toms” — a racial slur used against blacks perceived to be subservient to whites, or, in this context, Muslims who embrace “moderate Islam” as, in his view, a way of being subservient to the West.
Hillary Embodies Washington’s Decadence by Peggy Noonan.
She breaks the rules and gets away with it every time. No wonder voters are fed up.
Lessons From The European Welfare State by Allan H. Meltzer.
Europe has become the model for how democratic capitalism can give way to the welfare state. Following a surge of market-driven growth after World War II, there was a rise across the continent in income redistribution and regulations intended to protect workers and consumers, and to achieve “fairness.” From the 1960s onward, high tax rates and heavy regulations slowed economic growth. And many welfare state programs became roadblocks to economic progress by resisting reforms and prolonging the current European recession. This essay neglects the immigration problem that complicates many of these issues, but immigration does not change the need for real economic adjustment.
The U.S. President Who Finally Went to Hiroshima by Jeffrey Lewis.
Why visiting where we dropped an atomic bomb in 1945 is the only way to grasp the depths of human cruelty that transpired there.
More at FP.
How God Messed Up My Happy Atheist Life by Nicole Cliffe.
I had no untapped, unanswered yearnings. All was well in the state of Denmark. And then it wasn’t.
Liberals Versus Political Speech by John O. McGinnis.
The Left wants to put people behind bars for expressing opinions that it doesn’t like.
What It’s Like to Live in a City Without Uber by Neal Pollack.
In the aftermath of Austin’s rideshare vote, a disaster of price gouging, traffic and bad taxis.
Gluten-Free Diets Are Not Necessarily Healthier, Doctors Warn by Rachael Rettner.
Some kids are following a gluten-free diet even though they do not have a medical condition that requires avoiding gluten, and this is worrying some doctors.
Scientists Weigh in Against the NFL’s War on Physics and Tom Brady by Tim Fernholz.
If you’re not an American football fan, think of this as a story of a $13 billion company that can’t get its head around basic science.
Intolerable Cruelty? How Evangelicals Are Rethinking the Doctrine of Hell by Mark Woods. See here.
Mormons Approaching Orthodoxy by Richard J. Mouw.
At stake in this dispute is a choice between two approaches to Mormon teachings and practice. One is skeptical and presumes that Mormonism is a deeply heretical form of Christianity, so much so that dialogue is impossible. The other is more trusting and is willing to entertain the possibility that Mormonism has the resources for theological self-criticism and self-correction, and that dialogue might help in this process. Recent Mormon history suggests the latter approach is more fitting, and more in keeping with the way Mormons themselves understand their tradition.
More at FT.
Related: Richard Mouw Gets Mauled by Mormonism by Dan Delzell.
Richard Mouw is the former president of Fuller Theological Seminary, and he has spent years searching for a way to merge Mormonism with Christianity. Unfortunately for Mouw, blending two religions isn’t quite as easy as he had hoped.
The Overwhelming Barriers to Successful Immigration Reform by Daniel J. Tichenor.
LBJ led crucial legislation in 1965, changing the demographics of the U.S. But it offers a difficult model for future presidents to follow.
Are Dreams Predictions? by Sue Llewellyn.
Dreams might not be omens or prophecies in a mystical sense, but they do have a distinct psychological predictive power.
Have LEGO Products Become More Violent? by Christoph Bartneck, Qi Min Ser, Elena Moltchanova, James Smithies, and Erin Harrington.
Although television, computer games and the Internet play an important role in the lives of children they still also play with physical toys, such as dolls, cars and LEGO bricks. The LEGO company has become the world’s largest toy manufacturer. Our study investigates if the LEGO company’s products have become more violent over time. First, we analyzed the frequency of weapon bricks in LEGO sets. Their use has significantly increased. Second, we empirically investigated the perceived violence in the LEGO product catalogs from the years 1978–2014. Our results show that the violence of the depicted products has increased significantly over time. The LEGO Company’s products are not as innocent as they used to be.
Stop Overscreening for Cancer by Joel Zinberg.
Too much testing of healthy people is wasteful, misleading, and potentially harmful.
Political Philosophy and the Bathroom Wars by Joseph M. Knippenberg.
A recent statement by the Attorney General provides a window into the intellectual history surrounding the concept of “human dignity” and the selfhood from which it arises.