A Morning Peacock of Links (7/9)

The Secular Beatitudes

Joshua Harris:

Today I preached a message on the beatitudes called “The Good Life.” As I studied Jesus’ words I was reminded of how backwards the values of the kingdom of heaven are compared to the kingdom of this earth. They completely contradict the way todays world works. So I wondered, “What would a secular version of the beatitudes look like?” Based on the way our culture defines success, here’s how I think a worldly version of the beatitudes might read…

A Tale of Two Scientists: What Really Happened ‘In the Beginning’

It’s a long read, but an interesting one:

How two evangelicals—one a young-earth creationist, the other an evolutionary creationist—have lived out their faith and professions.

My Three Daddies: California Considers Multiple Parenting Law

We first severed sex from marriage and then separated reproduction from sex. Now the cultural fallout of same-sex parenthood, surrogacy, and assisted reproduction is leading to radical changes in parenthood.

A few other states—Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maine—already recognize more than two parents, but the size and influence of California could lead other states to adopt the measure. Within a few decades—if not sooner—we can expect to see the nuclear family treated not as the ideal family structure but the least valid of “lifestyle choices.” After all, if it’s good for a child to have a mother and father, shouldn’t it be better when they have two moms and three dads—all with the same legal rights?

What Multitasking Does to Our Brains

Interestingly enough, I still find I can’t fully concentrate when working and listening to music. Then again, I’m guessing that’s because I don’t relegate music as background noise and also because 9/10 times, the music I’m listening to is loud and aggressive:

What’s more is that Clifford Nass, a researcher at Stanford assumed that those who multitask heavily will nonetheless develop some other outstanding skills. He thought that they will be amazing at 1. filtering information, 2. being very fast at switching between the tasks and 3. keeping a high working memory.

He found that none of these 3 points are true…

A Letter To Masculinity

There are many caricatures and twisted forms of masculinity, but this open letter to ‘Masculinity’ is spot on:

And, Masculinity, I don’t think I’m the only one confused about you. Ironically, part of my job now is to talk to all sorts of people about you. Every day. And they all seem pretty confused, too.

Masculinity, I thought I should let you know what a mystery you seem to be to everyone around me.

But I’m also writing, because there are rumors going round.

 

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