Monday, September 17, 2007
Unfinished weekend reading.
Articles I wanted to read this weekend but didn't (sometimes life interferes!):
"Why are we here? Colleges ignore life's biggest questions, and we all pay the price," Anthony Kronman, Boston Globe 9.16.07. The callout on the jump says: "Our culture may be spiritually impoverished, but what it needs is not more religion. What it needs is an alternative to religion." Alas, Phi Beta Kappa has no missionaries. (Possibly related: An article I did read! "The canon wars revisited," Rachel Donadio, New York Times Book Review 9.16.07.)
Clearly related: "The nonbelievers," David Abel, Boston Globe Magazine 9.16.07. The subhead says: "An increasing number of young people in America — and adults around the world — don't believe in God. Greg Epstein, who advises fellow atheists and agnostics at Harvard University, wants to create a kind of church for those who reject religion. But he's encountering resistance from some of the very people he wants to unite." (The cover of the magazine says, questionably, "Nearly 1 billion people in the world" don't believe in God.) Here's uuworld.org's columnist Doug Muder's essay about Epstein's "new humanism" conference this spring.
"The greedy marriage: Two scholars argue that good spouses can make bad neighbors," Chris Berdik, Boston Globe 9.16.07. More from the annals of upper-middle-class anti-breederism: "Global swarming: Should Americans have fewer babies to save the environment?," Daniel Engber, Slate 9.10.07. (My answer: Not if they're going to carry on like rich globetrotters instead!)
Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 17 September 2007 at 8:04 AM