A Morning Peacock of Links (3/7)

The Problem with Karen Kingsbury’s Princess Books

From Her.meneutics – The author discusses her thoughts on Karen Kingsbury’s “Christian” fairy tale books and on the dangers of what these kinds of books teach her young daughter:

I have nothing against princesses, when they are done right. But I do tend to get up in arms when the story told – especially by Christians – to my daughter features a beautiful, silent, passive, nameless teenage princess who needs only a man chosen for her to marry in order to have a happy ending.

Coexist? The Question of (In)Tolerance

The event will be tomorrow, and it will be streamable from the website starting at 7 PM whatever time zone South Carolina is in.

Is it arrogant to claim that your beliefs trump everyone else’s? “Intolerance” is now a major accusation, particularly against men and women whose beliefs leave anyone feeling left out in any way. Is it even possible to include everyone when it comes to your beliefs? Could tolerance itself be a form of intolerance?

Come armed with your own questions as two world-class speakers (Ravi Zacharias & John Njoroge) confront the challenging topic of intolerance.

8 Myths About China Today

From TGC – Joann Pitman discusses 8 myths and misconceptions about China with topics ranging from communism to religion to economics. A great primer that clears up a lot of misunderstandings.

John Piper & An Entertainment Addiction

Alan Noble discusses John Piper’s comments on addicted to entertainment, and points out how, depending on how the argument is framed, the issue of entertainment isn’t always black and white:

In many cases, I suspect that we’ll find that entertainment can be an act of love. Entertainment is a part of our culture, and our neighbors exist in culture. Sharing the cultural experience of the Super Bowl, or the NBA Playoffs, or the release of a new game can be a meaningful and even serious use of our time. If you want more examples of the potential goodness of culture and entertainment, click around Christ and Pop Culture some more. You’ll find plenty of examples from film, TV, music, fiction, and politics. (Or better yet, Like us on Facebook! I’ll accept it as an act of love.)

John Piper is correct that our entertainment-dominated culture ought to be a source of concern for Christians; we should not blindly accept the Market’s teaching on the Goodness of endless consumption of goods and entertainment. Yet, if we are going to lovingly and God-honoringly begin this process of culling our media choices, we must start with the more basic questions: what is “entertainment”, when is it edifying, when is the time for play, and when is the time for seriousness? If we do not begin by answering these questions and those like them, we run a very real risk of uncritically rejecting or embracing our culture, the one overseen by God and crafted by our neighbor.

Selective Reductionism 

This article is disturbing. And that’s why you should read it. The euphemism “selective reduction” will become more and more common (see here and here), so let us not forget what it’s referring to:

[O]f the three embryos that were implanted, all three took. We were faced with the news of triplets. I was shocked, knowing the burden that would entail, but since G-d gave us three, I was prepared to do whatever I needed to do to help, manage, and provide.

My wife? Something snapped. She insisted that we do a “selective reduction” from three to one, or else she would have a full abortion. She was adamant. She would not carry three.  She would not carry two.

MLA: How to Properly Cite a Tweet

This is life in the 21st century.

Then and now: The 2011 Japan Tsunami

Before and after (interactable) photos of Japan. Can’t believe it’s already been a year.

 

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