Weekend Reading: 4/22

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by John Ellis

I freely and happily admit that I have cribbed this idea from many other writers and bloggers. So be it. A good idea is a good idea, right? There is so much content vying for our attention on the internet, it’s often hard to find the diamond in the rough, so to speak. Although, there are plenty of diamonds hidden throughout the interwebs. That fact means that aggregate sites are useful, and websites and blogs that devote articles and posts to serving as an aggregate for interesting and/or useful content are likewise useful. While I have next to zero desire for this blog to become an aggregate site, or even provide daily posts that offer some help to my friends and readers uncovering some diamonds that they may have missed, a weekly post seems fun for me and possibly profitable for others.

Below, are several of the more interesting articles and blog posts that I read over the last week. Enjoy.

Unhappy with the abortion protesters outside of his clinic, abortionist William Ramos grabbed a plastic cup containing the remains of a murdered baby and then proceeded to insist to the protestors that it wasn’t a baby. Well, I guess technically not anymore, “Dr.,” because you killed the baby. You can read more about it here: https://newcitytimes.com/news/story/abortionist-confronts-sidewalk-counselors-with-victim-remains

My favorite politician and our future POTUS has written a parenting book, of sorts. Senator Ben Sasse’s book The Vanishing American Adult is reviewed here: https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/lots-of-sasse/

Our contemporary idol of personal happiness has begun to produce the fruit of social unrest and division. While not a call for a Biblically rooted theology of suffering, this article from Darrin McMahon is a good place to start if you’re curious about the previous sentence. https://qz.com/958677/happiness-a-history-author-darrin-m-mcmahon-explains-when-the-idea-of-happiness-was-invented/

What happens when a German palaeoentomologist and spokesperson for an exhibit honoring Charles Darwin decides to read books written from an intelligent design perspective? Well, this article from The Gospel Coalition includes a video interview with that palaeoentomologist. https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/justintaylor/2017/04/17/when-a-secular-palaeoentomologist-and-the-spokesman-for-the-darwin-museum-exhibit-began-reading-intelligent-design-literature/

Esteemed writer and historian Molly Worthen recently penned an article for the NYT bemoaning the loss of objective truth. In the article, she blames Cornelius Van Til for our modern day illness called relativism (both moral and epistemic). In a fascinating and stimulating article, Owen Strachan responds to Worthen.  http://cpt.mbts.edu/2017/04/19/cornelius-van-til-ruined-america-a-response-to-molly-worthen/

Although we are unfortunately still months away from the start of football season, it is never too soon to begin anticipating and planning it. To help with that, ESPN senior writer John Clayton has ranked the best games in the upcoming NFL season. http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/19205336/ranking-10-best-games-watch-2017-nfl-schedule-atlanta-falcons-new-england-patriots-week-7-top-matchup

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