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Rachel Held Evans and the Friendly Atheist on CNN: Grasping for Truth

On Sunday, CNN hosted a debate between two insanely popular bloggers. It was titled, “Debating why millennials are leaving the church.” The debaters were both born after 1980, which makes them millennials – evangelical blogger Rachel Held Evans, who blogs at rachelheldevans.com, and atheist Hemant Mehta, who is the primary blogger and editor at the friendly atheist blog. As for the debate, Rachel’s best arg ...

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The Dark Knight Rises: Why I Am Bane and So Are You

Maybe it’s time we all stop trying to outsmart the truth and let it have its day. - Alfred Pennyworth from The Dark Knight Rises The most fascinating aspect of The Dark Knight Rises is the constant search for truth amidst countless lies. The truths explored throughout TDKR are spiritual truths, and these truths are surprisingly rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition. They are the truths of immortality, res ...

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For the Joy of Parenting: Desire, Penguins, and Roller Coasters

This morning it was the penguin. It could just as easily have been the bear, the dog, the giraffe, or even the man dressed in blue pajamas who is missing his red cape.  But this morning it was the hand puppet penguin. I have two boys, ages four and two.  They are adorable little tykes (which they clearly get from their Mother), but sometimes they fight.  As children do. “I want penguin!” shouted our younges ...

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The Jungle Book and Mimetic Theory

Becoming a father of two young boys has allowed me to relive my childhood movies.  Working with mimetic theory for the last three years has made me sensitive to whatever bears the marks of mimesis.  So, when my boys began watching The Jungle Book, I couldn’t help but notice René Girard’s master theory of human relationships play out on our television screen. Girard claims that what makes us human is our nat ...

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