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Academics

Why Academics Stink at Writing by Steven Pinker. Together with wearing earth tones, driving Priuses, and having a foreign policy, the most conspicuous trait of the American professoriate may be the prose style called academese. An editorial cartoon by Tom […]

Prudishness

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Telling College Kids Where, When to Have Sex by Robby Soave. California Gov. Jerry Brown affixed his signature to SB 967—the “Yes Means Yes” affirmative consent bill—which will require colleges to police their students’ sex lives. […]

Cusp?

Is the World at the Cusp of a New Dark Age? by Joseph Camilleri. We appear to have reached one of those extraordinary moments in history when people everywhere, communities and even entire nations, feel increasingly stressed and vulnerable. The […]

Culture

Women and the Culture of Evangelicalism by Dale M. Coulter. Last Friday the Gender Parity Project released the results of its study of the role of women among evangelical non-profit organizations. Most of the men surveyed affirmed an egalitarian stance […]

Effects

The Health Effects of Leaving Religion by Jon Fortenbury. How a loss of faith can manifest itself in the mind and body. More at Atlantic.

Deficit

The Cult Deficit by Ross Douthat. Like most children of the Reagan era, I grew up with a steady diet of media warnings about the perils of religious cults — the gurus who lurked in wait for the unwary and […]

Higher Ed

Higher Ed, Hollowed Out by Peter Augustine Lawler. Overweening devotion to ideals of technological and scientific progress has many universities churning out a utilitarian kind of education, one more suited to machines than human beings. More.