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Free Inquiry on Campus

The “Free Inquiry on Campus: A Statement of Principles by a Collection of Middlebury College Professors” document, published in the “Aftermath at Middlebury” is well worth reading and pondering.

On March 2, 2017, roughly 100 of our 2500 students prevented a controversial visiting speaker, Dr. Charles Murray, from communicating with his audience on the campus of Middlebury College.  Afterwards, a group of unidentified assailants mobbed the speaker, and one of our faculty members was seriously injured.  In view of these unacceptable acts, we have produced this document stating core principles that seem to us unassailable in the context of higher education within a free society.
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On the importance of "viewpoint" diversity…

I am proud to be a member of the Heterodox Academy (see http://heterodoxacademy.org/). Heterodox Academy members are all professors who have endorsed the following statement: “I believe that university life requires that people with diverse viewpoints and perspectives encounter each other in an environment where they feel free to speak up and challenge each other. I am concerned that many academic fields and universities currently lack sufficient viewpoint diversity—particularly political diversity. I will support viewpoint diversity in my academic field, my university, my department, and my classroom.”

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Ruining Christmas: An Economist’s Guide

Ruining Christmas: An Economist’s Guide – Forbes.

Quoting from this Forbes article, “… economists are the wet blankets of the world. We can ruin almost any proposal and almost any situation with just a couple of analytical tools and the words “unintended consequences.” The author of this essay “ruins” Christmas by looking at this beloved holiday through an economist’s lens…

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Ruining Christmas: An Economist's Guide

Ruining Christmas: An Economist’s Guide – Forbes. Quoting from this Forbes article, “… economists are the wet blankets of the world. We can ruin almost any proposal and almost any situation with just a couple of analytical tools and the words “unintended consequences.” The author of this essay “ruins” Christmas by looking at this beloved holiday through an economist’s lens…]]>

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Christmas approaches – The Big Picture – Boston.com

Christmas approaches – The Big Picture – Boston.com.

A wonderful photo-essay on Christmas from our friends at the Boston Globe.  Quoting from this article,

The appearance of multiple simultaneous Santa Clauses is a sure sign that mankind’s most widely recognized and commercialized religious holiday is near. It’s also a sign that the holiday is celebrated by many more people than just faithful Christians, for better or worse. From the traditional Christmas markets in Germany to elfin divers feeding dolphins in Japan to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where it all began, Christmas is observed worldwide for commercial, irreverent, and religious reasons. Gathered here are images of people as they herald the advance of an entire season built, loosely or faithfully, around the birth of Jesus Christ.”

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Rubio and the Age-of-Earth Question

Rubio and the Age-of-Earth Question – WSJ.com.

“In The Wall Street Journal, Dr. S. Joshua Swamidass writes that the rejection of evolution is not a core Christian belief—better to focus on salvation, not creation.”

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Liberal Women Wish for More Sex. Why?

Liberal Women Wish for More Sex. Why?.

Fascinating parsing of the data from the New Family Structures Study (NFSS) by UT-Austin sociology professor Mark Regnerus on the relationships between politics, religion, and sex…

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How “The Life of Pi” Raises the Ultimate Postmodern Question of Faith

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How "The Life of Pi" Raises the Ultimate Postmodern Question of Faith

How “The Life of Pi” Raises the Ultimate Postmodern Question of Faith.]]>

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‘When God Talks Back’ To The Evangelical Community

‘When God Talks Back’ To The Evangelical Community : NPR.

This is a very interesting and informative Fresh Air episode in which Terri Gross interviews Stanford University anthropologist T. M. Luhrmann about her new book entitled “When God Talks Back“.

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