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The Closing of the Muslim Mind

July 19, 2017

Joel Zartman reviews the book by Robert R. Reilly. The discussion ranges from Al Ghazali’s Incoherence of the Philosophers to Christian Presuppositionalism.

A Riddle for Your Amusement

July 19, 2017

It’s an easy one. From Middlingpoet.

An Introduction to Thomas Sowell

July 18, 2017

I first read Thomas Sowell back in the late 1980s. It was his book on The Economics and Politics of Race. It was a great book and Sowell became one of my favorite writers.

Sowell recently retired and we are all poorer for it. Andre Archie at The American Conservative has written a retrospective on Sowell’s work that is also a pretty good introduction. If you haven’t read anything by Sowell yet, start here.

The topic of cultural capital and its diffusion has figured prominently in several of Sowell’s books. In Wealth, Poverty and Politics he elaborates on the concept as it applies to various ethnic groups. He points out, for example, that in places as distinct as Australia, Russia, France, and England, Germans have excelled at building pianos. They were the first to pioneer advances in optical instruments and cameras. They also excelled in military skills in countries around the world. The Chinese, Jews, and Lebanese, despite having been discriminated against, thrived economically wherever they migrated due to their cultural capital. Sowell’s discussion of the Germans and other ethnic groups underscores his argument that more than skills are involved in differentiating these various ethnic groups. Behind the skills are cultural values that make the acquisition of new skills a priority, and values that make the shedding of obsolete skills imperative.

The Christian Century on Baking Cakes

July 18, 2017

The ecumenical Christian Century asks, “Does Baking a Cake Count as Protected Speech?” The answer is the one given across the Left. It is also shared by some on the Right.

Only In Minnesota . . .

July 18, 2017

. . . The world’s only gas station designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Well said!

July 17, 2017

Here is one last (?) word on the Eugene Peterson debacle of last week that is particularly well written.

The Body of Christ

July 17, 2017

The body of Christ is meaningful in so far as individual Christians have Christ as their collective head. It is not individual local churches of which Christ is the head. It is not even individual Christians who are members of local churches. Rather, all Christians of the church age are those who comprise His spiritual body of which He is the spiritual head. No allowance is made in the New Testament for an unbaptized Christian, one who is not a member of a local church. The regular pattern is regeneration, baptism, and local church membership. However, if a believer is not a member of a local church, he is still a part of the body of Christ. He may well be out of order as a Christian in this age, but he is not out of the body Church.

Rolland McCune, A Systematic Theology of Biblical Christianity, Vol. 3, p. 209.