Tag: Genesis

This week on “The Learning Curve,” guest co-host Jason Bedrick and co-host Gerard Robinson talk with Dr. Leon Kass, MD, the Addie Clark Harding Professor Emeritus in the Committee on Social Thought and the College at the University of Chicago. Dr. Kass describes the important pieces of wisdom and humanity people today can still learn from reading the Book of Genesis, the topic of his 2003 work, The Beginning of Wisdom. They next discuss his newest book, Founding God’s Nation: Reading Exodus, and general lessons about the Israelites that leaders, teachers, and students could use in addressing the challenges of modern life. They explore the influence of the Book of Exodus and the themes of liberation from captivity on the Civil Rights Movement, and several of its major leaders, including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and what teachers and students today should learn from Exodus about deliverance from life’s hardships. Dr. Kass shares why he became interested in the Great Books, and their crucial role in helping 21st-century students receive a complete liberal arts education and lead fulfilling lives. They discuss Western education’s increasing focus on vocationally oriented and often technocratic skills at the expense of humanistic education, and why we should be concerned about it, especially in our hyper-technological era. The interview concludes with a reading from Dr. Kass’s newest book on Exodus.

Stories of the Week: Co-hosts Cara Candal and Gerard Robinson discuss New York Times story on the plight of America’s nine million students in rural school districts that are underfunded, disconnected, and face myriad challenges. Pioneer Institute and other organizations submitted an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Carson v. Makin, to expand access to private and religious schools for families in Maine.

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Lion of Judah on the throneI shout Your name, let it be knownThat You are the King of kingsYou are the Prince of PeaceMay Your kingdom’s reign never ceaseHail to the King! In the book of Genesis, there’s a repeated theme throughout the book that is perhaps my favorite theme in all of scripture. The […]

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ACF#27 Ex Machina

 

Out in theaters this weekend is Alex Garland’s second directorial feature, Annihilation, so the American Cinema Foundation is bringing you a discussion of his directorial feature, Ex Machina, starring Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, and Domnhall Gleeson, and which earned Garland his first Oscar nomination, for Best Writing Original Screenplay. We talk about everything from the movie’s warning about how we might replay creation, as per Genesis, and get it wrong, being that we’re not God, to the strange way in which sci-fi has become the last place for heroes, for moral stories where we, faced with crisis, retrieve an understanding of our own human nature that helps us make sense of the future.

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The Torah describes a developing and evolving world from the beginning of Genesis until the era of the Exodus from Egypt, all connected to the types and meanings of human relationships. The text seems to be telling us that a certain kind of human marriage and family were prerequisites for the Exodus, the events at […]

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Thoughts on Tiamat this Electoral Eve

 

The maples, wicks of autumn, go to cinder from the top down, the blaze on most trees past its prime, now mostly scattered at our feet. The plant kingdom burns brightly as it plunges into wintry darkness. A plunge into some outcome or another awaits us tomorrow, too. We can estimate what it might be – and we should. But as Ricochet Member @rodin reminds us, “none of us will ever know (or at least [not] for a long long time) whether the way we cast our ballot was better than the alternative.”

All this fall, I’ve had an unknown greater than the outcome of this election hanging over my head – or at least greater to me. One reason it’s greater is that I’m more responsible for it. However I vote, whatever I say, the outcome of this election is largely out of my hands. This other thing, though, is very much in my hands, or it’s supposed to be, and so the moral weight I bear for its unknown nature is far greater than the weight I bear for my vote.

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I doubt whether there is any point of theology that is not illustrated in or learned from a Bible story, or any Bible story the correct interpretation of which does not include at least one theological point. According to popular lore, Protestants and Catholics disagree because Protestants think salvation is by faith and Catholics think it is by […]

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Beethoven for years had wanted to set Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” to music. That he finally and brilliantly succeeded near the end of his life confirms the strength of his spirit despite near total deafness. (The Heiligenstadt Testament provides some insight.) I chose the 4th movement not because it represents the novel use of voices […]

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6 Judah got a wife for Er, his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. 7 But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so the Lord put him to death. 8 Then Judah said to Onan, “Sleep with your brother’s wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to raise up offspring for your […]

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Now the first came forth red, all over like a hairy garment; and they named him Esau. Afterward his brother came forth with his hand holding on to Esau’s heel, so his name was called Jacob (Gen. 25:25-6) The Torah is telling us something very important here. Esau is defined by his appearance – because […]

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A while back, there were a number of posts here regarding young earth creationism (YEC), evolution, etc.  Since that time, off and on, I’ve pondered where exactly I come down on reconciling my faith and evolution.  I was raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which doesn’t have any definitive doctrine […]

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Hello, all, here is the new poetry podcast–introducing a poet already introduced by Miss Berlinski, but whom I find hard to describe: Paul Celan. (For my friends who are curious about European pronunciation, Paul is uttered with the diphthong from house; Chelan is not much more of a challenge–the first syllable sounds like the Spanish […]

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This is one of his funny poems. It is simple-minded & undisciplined. It tells you we should not be conceited about Art, & at some length. It’s full of lofty phrases used to comic effect. Read it & enjoy it, if you enjoy this kind of bad poetry. You have eight quatrains, with the simplest […]

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Leonard Nimoy. There. I’ve made this post topical. (For the record, I cannot remember a time when I did not find the religiosity of Star Trek to be anything but an unbearable embarrassment. I liked the show because it was entertaining, and–let’s be honest–the casting of Nimoy vs. Shatner was Roddenberry’s single brilliant decision [which […]

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