Culture

Spirit in the Qubits

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Just when you think you might have a grip on Schrodinger’s cat, along come qubits.  I started hearing about this when a theoretical 7-qubit computer made the news in the spring of 2000.  Now teams are experimenting with a 20-qubit computer, and a 49-qubit machine is supposed to be just around the corner.  49 is […]

The Age of "Horrific"

It happened again—suicide bomber blows up self in a crowded venue, taking about two dozen immortal souls with him.  There’s always some extra hellish touch to these events.  This time it’s the nature of the crowd: teenagers, most of them, the vast majority girls.  Girls in swift transition, trying to figure out who they are […]

Mother's Day: No Laughing Matter

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I realized something for the first time when my kids were of an age for sleepovers and birthday parties: dads are funnier than moms. I might have noticed it in my own house if it wasn’t right under my nose.  My husband was the one to get on the floor and wrestle, start sock fights, […]

Back in the Lifeboat

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Try this thought experiment: You’re the captain on an ocean liner.  While en route to Europe your ship strikes an iceberg and starts sinking fast—so fast that the majority of passengers are drowned, and of the remainder almost all have panicked and piled into lifeboats that capsized or failed to launch or met some other […]

Arrival and the Right Choice

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Arrival, a science fiction movie about aliens visiting earth, is equally irritating and moving, but after some thought I decided the moving part has the edge.  Not that anybody asked me, but here’s why. Irritating: So, 12 gigantic pod-like spacecraft land at strategic locations scattered over the globe.  Rather than attack at once, world leaders […]

Dear Mr. Keller

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Early in March, Princeton Theological Seminary announced the winner of their annual Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Teaching and Public Witness: Tim Keller, long-time pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) in New York City.  On March 22, Princeton President Craig Barnes announced that the prize would be revoked, due to a rising tide of objections […]

Happily Ever After for Real

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Is it a coincidence that so many fairy tales and traditional stories in the western tradition end with a wedding?  But they never continue with a marriage, beyond “and they lived happily ever after.” It’s as if the wedding itself is what the story was reaching for, even though it may have looked like the […]

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The Cult of Intersectionality

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(If you don’t know what that is, don’t feel bad.  I didn’t either until about three months ago.  Chances are you do know what it is, just didn’t know the proper designation.) To Charles Murray, it looks like the end of liberal education in America: “What happened last Thursday has the potential to be a […]

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A Relationship . . . AND a Religion

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Look, I get it. The Christian faith offers friendship,* partnership,* fellowship* and even kinship* with God the Father through Jesus Christ our Lord.  If you grew up in church and heard this all your life it may be difficult to grasp how mind-bending this is.  But think about it: the Creator of the universe wants […]

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