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PowerLinks 09.04.13

Persistent rumours suggest Hagia Sophia will be turned into a mosque Nat Da Polis, AsiaNews.it Increasingly, rumours are circulating about the future transformation of the Cathedral of Saint Sophia into a mosque. Continue Reading...

A Splendidly Tricky Book: A Review of ‘Get Your Hands Dirty’

Over at Capital Commentary, Byron Borger has a review of Jordan Ballor’s new book, Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action): Although his book is not simple, he is a fine popularizer, writing serious material in sometimes playful ways, with the occasional nod to pop culture, drawing on themes from Deadwood or Lost or a contemporary novel. Continue Reading...

Buying Off The Unions To Back Obamacare

As noted here last week, Obamacare is seen by some as an elitist system of health care, rather than the equalizing force it purports to be. This week, the news is that the nation’s unions aren’t happy with how Obamacare is shaping up for them, and the Obama administration is scrambling to find new ways to entice them to publicly support the Affordable Health Care Act. Continue Reading...

Does the Protestant Work Ethic Exist?

Over 100 years ago sociologist Max Weber coined the term “Protestant work ethic” to describe how in some Puritan-based Protestant traditions hard work and frugality are a constant display of a person’s salvation in the Christian faith, in contrast to the focus upon religious attendance, confession, and ceremonial sacrament in the Catholic tradition. Continue Reading...

Should We Subdue Our ‘Dominion’ Enthusiasm?

The topic of mankind’s “dominion” over God’s created order is one that has been misunderstood by entire generations of Americans in the last half century. Many conscientious people of faith worry that the traditional Judeo-Christian values system in the West has dropped the ball when it comes to the environment and our usage of natural resources. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 09.03.13

Private Schools Increase Political Knowledge and Reduce the Danger of Political Indoctrination Ilya Somin, Volokh Conspiracy The evidence suggests that political knowledge is higher among students who attend private schools, even after controlling for various demographic variables such as race and family income. Continue Reading...

Blacks as Mascots of Progressivism

There are times when you have to imagine that black justice pioneers like Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and the like, must be turning in their graves at the nonsense circumstances that black Americans find themselves in in 2013. Continue Reading...

Noonan: Work Renews Life and Civilization

To kick off the Labor Day weekend, Peggy Noonan offers some timely thoughts on the meaning of work: Joblessness is a personal crisis because work is a spiritual event. A job isn’t only a means to a paycheck, it’s more. Continue Reading...