Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul by Edward Humes (Harper Collins Publishers, 2007), recounts the battle between creationists and evolutionists that was fought in the town of Dover, Pennsylvania. As with most wars, it began with a skirmish. The school board attempted to introduce Intelligent Design (ID) into the ninth grade science curriculum. The science teachers refused.
The opening sequence of Waiting for Superman begins with a routine that many Adventist families know well: narrator/director Davis Guggenheim describes driving past several public schools each day on his way to dropping his kids off at a pricy private school. In a sheepish tone, he describes the small pang of guilt that he feels. He explains that in 1999, he tried to bring hardworking public school teachers to the forefront in his documentary films Teach and The First Year.
An often-believed subtext in the Adventist Faith/Science conundrum is that here are two worlds in collision. From the disparaging and presumably oxymoronic epithet ‘Seventh-day Darwinians’ to the short-chronology requirement for membership in the Adventist Theological Society, contemporary Adventism struggles with the question of compatibility – can revelation be reconciled with science? And, where we presently cannot, how should we proceed?
Immigration is as complicated an issue as it is emotional. Politicians use the topic to drive their election bids. Ideologues ply their philosophic trade, and it recently came out that private prison corporations are leveraging their clout to pass lucrative immigration legislation. And people are "mad as heck."
Fall is upon us and the Summer’s big blockbusters are finally cooling off. Perhaps some lone theaters are hoping to scrape a few final bucks out of the bottom of Christopher Nolan’s commemorative Inception popcorn buckets. But mostly, it’s time to let the film hibernate through the winter til it comes to a TV screen near you.
This little book by theologian William Cavanaugh [Eerdmans ,2008] is a tool for helping us reflect in our churches on why we got into this economic mess. Its four essays are structured around the contrast between pairs of key ideas related to contemporary capitalist economics: “Freedom and Unfreedom,” “Detachment and Attachment,” “The Global and the Local” and “Scarcity and Abundance.”