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AUTHORS–are to the left of each article and to the right of the reviews.  Blogs are written by the Founder of the site unless otherwise indicated.

ACADEMIC ARTICLES–Academic posts are organized into four major divisions and are  found in the following  TABSHumanities,   F&L Phil,   Phys Sci, and   Soc Sci.   Within each TAB are disciplines (or subjects).  Under Soc Sci for example, you will find Anthropology, History, Economics, Sociology, etc.   Articles within each discipline are numbered with the higher number at the top.  If there are three articles in sociology, the numbering will be 3, 2, 1.

BOOK REVIEWS and MOVIE REVIEWS–Use the Review & TAB.  They are also listed here.

At the bottom of the page you will find an ALPHABETICAL LIST OF AUTHORS.

 INDEX

Below you will find the all entries by TAB which are centered.  Under each centered TAB are the Discipline (or Blog, Movie or Book Review), Number, and Author (in alphabetical order).

Humanities

ART

Yancey, Philip, [1]  Art as Arrogance and Necessity.

CHILDREN’S LIT

Plantinga, Cornelius, Jr., [3]  Like a Shot to the Heart.

Downs, Emily, [2]  Midnight Save.

Belcher, Christina, [1]  Between the Covers: Suffering, Trauma, and Cultural Perspective in Children’s Picture Books (1980-2006).

EDUCATION

Wolterstorff, Nicholas, [7] Can Scholarship and Christian Conviction Mix? Another Look at the Integration of Faith and Learning, Part I.

Schaap, James C. [6] Who’s Going to Teach Religion?

Eckel, Mark, [5] Selling the Christian College: A Christian Response to the Consumer Education Model.

Eckel, Mark, [4] Faith and Learning in Retrospect.

Heie, Harold, [3] Faith and Learning in the Classroom: Posing Integrative Questions.

Eckel, Mark, [2] A Standard for Faith-Learning Integration in the Academy.

Belcher, Christina, [1] Beyond Constructivism: Exploring Grand Narratives and Story Constructively.

ENGLISH

Mattix, Micah, [6] On Christian Literature.

Yancey, Philip, [5] The Writer as Journalist.

King, Don, [4]Reflections on Faith and Learning in the English Classroom.

Eckel, Mark, [3] Dostoevsky and Authority.

Schaap, James C., [2] Emily Dickinson, Peter De Vries, and the Strangely Unshakeable Calvinist Character.

Eckel, Mark and Tyler, [1]  Stephen Crane: Author Without Authority.

WRITING

Yancey, Philip, [6] The Writer as Artist.

Schaap, James, C., [5] The Dual Citizenship of the Christian Writer.

Schaap, James, C., [4] Self-Censorship and the Christian Writer.

Yancey, Philip, [3] Yancey on Writing.

Schaap, James C., [2] The “Limits of Faith” for the Christian Writer.

Yancey, Philip, [1] The Writer as Psychotic.

ETHICS

Colson, Charles, W. [2] The Problem of Ethics.

Eckel, Mark, [1] “And the Nations Will Say”: An Unlikely Apologetic Source.

FILM

Eckel, Mark, [3] Eight Foundational Questions Quality Films Stimulate.

Claerbaut, David, [2] The Treatment of Religion in the Films of Paul Schrader: An Analysis.

Eckel, Mark, [1] A Word Paints a Thousand Pictures: Scripture & Cinema.

F&L Phil

MANIFESTOS

Claerbaut, David, [2] Faith & Learning and the Christian College Administrator.

Thompson, John, [1]  Christian Faculty: Engaging the Call.

PHIL FOUNDATIONS

Wolterstorff, Nicholas, [8] Advice to Those Who Would be Christian Scholars.

Claerbaut, David, [7] The Case for Christian Scholarship in the Academic Mainstream.

Slick, Matt, [6] What Are Some Christian Worldview Essentials?

Marsden, George, [5]  The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship.

Plantinga, Alvin,  [4] Christian Scholarship: Need  (Lecture Notes).

Larkin, Timothy M.,  [3] The Discrete Category of Truth: Establishing Truth in the Worldview Classroom.

Ringenberg, William C., [2] Academia and the Temptation of Intellectualism.

Sealy, Scott, [1] Mature Faith and Christian Scholarship.

Phys Sci

BIOLOGY

Howell, Timothy, [1] Some Thoughts About Evolution.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

DeWitt, Calvin B . and Robert Nash, [1] How Should Christians Think About the Environment.

GENERAL SCIENCE

Ecklund, Elaine Howard, [1] Science on Faith.

MATHEMATICS

Robert Craigen, [3] Mathematics in a Christian Context.

Mark Eckel, [1] God’s Language is Mathematics.

TECHNOLOGY

Bellinger, Steve, [1] Faith and Science: A Personal Note.

Soc Sci

ANTHROPOLOGY

Paris, Jenell Williams and Brian M. Howell, [1] The Discipline of Anthropology.

ECONOMICS

Velissaris, James R. [2] Diversified Statistical Arbitrage: Dynamically Combining Mean Reversion and Momentum Investment Strategies

Padelford, Walton, [1] The Moral Underpinnings of Capitalism: Is Self-Interest as Bad as it Sounds?

HISTORY

Schaap, James C., [1] Righteous Acts, Filthy Rags, and a Mission Cemetery: Christian History Revisited.

POLITICAL SCIENCE

Colson, Charles, W. [7] Criminal Justice: Christians and the Media Elite.

Eckel, Mark, [6] Justice Must Have a Standard.

Claerbaut, David, [5] Who Started Watergate?

Wolterstorff, Nicholas, [4] Religious Intolerance and the Wounds of God.

Claerbaut, David, [3] Why Romney Lost.

Moberg, David O., [2] Christian Principles and Effective Political Involvement.

Eckel, Mark, [1] Human Nature and the Political Process: How Our View of Anthropology May Dictate Our Vote.

PSYCHOLOGY

Rainer, Sarah, [5] The Integration of Christianity and Psychology: Some Basic Points.

Claerbaut, David, [4] The Social Psychology of Post-Adolescent Apostasy.

Neilsen, Michael E., [3] Notable People in Psychology of Religion.

Pfeifer, Andrew, [2] Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: A Christian Perspective.

Eckel, Mark, [1] “Look to the Bornobo!”  How Belief Affects Behavior.

RESEARCH

Eckel, Mark, [1] A Study Comparing Graduates of Christian and Secular Universities Knowledge, Ability, and Activity in Faith-Learning Applications.

SOCIOLOGY

Yancey, Philip, [4] Who Are Evangelicals?

Claerbaut, David, [3] The Christian Student’s Approach to Sociological Analysis

____, [2] Christian Reflections of Major Social Theories.

____, [1] Sociology: Issues in Christian Theory Building

 For Students

STUDENT PAPERS

Lounsbery, Carly, [3]  Marriage and Family: Christian Strategies for Healthy Families.

Pals, Mary, [2]  Faith and Justice: God’s Command to Protect Children vs. Our Court System.

Dunbar, Colleen, [1]  A  Christian’s Challenge in the World of Communications.

BLOGS–F&L INSIGHTS

[155] “Dones”–Despite a new population of “Dones,” God’s institution, the church, endures.

[154] “Infestation”–Relativism has infested the evangelical world.

[153] “The Price”–Removing God from the public marketplace sends a message that the spiritual is irrelevant. 

[152] “Source”–It is hard to see how secularist ideology can be a source for social concern. 

[151] “Franky Schaeffer”–Schaeffer’s apostasy is more about his father than theology. 

[150] “Revival via Film?”–The next great evangelical revival may be engineered by movie makers. 

[149] “Fonda and Death”–Jane Fonda has substantial influence, but it is dangerous for the believer. 

[148] “Bart Campolo”–It appears Bart Campolo never was a Christian, but his story is a cautionary tale. 

[147] “Resisting #2″–Why do so many evangelical churches resist addressing the Second Great Commandment?

[146] “Militance at AARP?”–Letters to the editor at the AARP indicate how militant atheists can be.

[145] “Head or Heart?”–We receive with our heart, but we need to have our faith shape our thinking.

[144] “Darkly”–We do not have all the answers but we need to grapple with the challenging issues of our time.

[143] “Enjoy God”–Christian colleges need to balance rigor and demand with fun.

[142] “Glorify God”–Glorifying God should be the criterion f0r institutional decisions at Christian colleges.

[141] “F&L & Obama”–No matter how historians assess his presidency, Obama did not do well in the world of faith and learning.

[140] “Atheism”–With atheism an accepted worldview, it is time Christian colleges require a course in apologetics.

[139] “Controlling”–Women chafe at controlling men, but for many men and women, being in control is a cultural part of being a successful male.

[138] “Wisdom”–The Christian college offers more than knowledge; it offers wisdom.

[137] “Rationalization”–Christian education is much more than academic and pedagogical excellence.

[136] “Gays”–The church and Christian colleges were not prepared to address homosexuality.

[135] “Irrelevance”–The church and Christian colleges must address reality issues to be a relevant force in society. 

[134] “Catholic Higher Education”–Compartmentalization rather than a Christian worldview is too prevalent in Roman Catholic colleges and universities.

[133] “God’s Property”–Turf battles have no place in churches  and Christian colleges.

[132] “Character”–Institutions like the Naval Academy talk of developing character, but they have no real definition. 

[131] “At Least”–There things a dean can do to encourage faith and learning, even without Board of Directors support. 

[130] “Turning a Faculty”–Turning a college faculty in a faith and learning direction should follow certain steps. 

[129] “Church Dichotomy”–Neither evangelical nor mainline Protestant churches offer a full theology. 

[128] “Jane McGonigal”–Ms. McGonigal’s report on regrets of the dying resonates with me. 

[127] “Why?”–The story of Edward is why I am passionate about faith and learning. 

[126] “Reset”–Christian colleges that do not make faith and learning a priority have “lost their first love.” 

[125] “Ordinary People”–You can see the emptiness of secularism in Judith Guest’s almost four-decades old classic. 

[124] “Onward”–Power struggles are not a way to make a college more Christian. 

[123] “Tom Brady”–The defense for Tom Brady is a venture into relativism. 

[122] “Time to Go”–Brian Williams needs to resign. 

[121] “Lucky Tom”–Tom Brokaw calls himself lucky rather than blessed. 

[120] “Christian Country”–A country is Christian based on the faith of its citizens, not on an official proclamation.

[119] “Breakout”–Christian college faculty can be segmented in three groups.

[118] “Special Interests”–Higher education is filled with special interests, value-based, studies.

[117] “Christian Education”–Christian education is about perspective; we have too much baptized paganism.

[116] “Impact”–If we are to have an impact on Western culture we need to get into film.

[115] “Outsider’s View”–Molly Worthen’s book on evangelicalism is an even-handed and helpful view from the outside.

[114] “Warm and Fuzzy”–An undefined theology is dangerous state in a postmodern culture.

[113] “Chapel”–Every Christian college professor should be expected to speak in chapel.

[112] “Sociology of Hell”–Middle class believers rarely speak of hell, but the oppressed have no trouble accepting its existence.

[111] “Distinctively Christian”–It takes more than slick promo literature to make a college distinctively Christian.

[110] “Incrementalists”–Secularism creeps stealthily by increments.

[109] “AARP”–The AARP denies death for those getting close to facing it.

[108] “Accommodation?”–Is the Church’s changing stance on controversial issues a form of accommodation or a reinterpretation of Scripture?

[107] “The Professors”–The fruits of the Spirit are as important and faith and leaning integrations at the Christian college.

[106] “Train them Up”–Christian parents need to see their actions as a major part of their Christian parenting.

[105] “I’m Just Saying…”–Matthew 25 raises some interesting questions about faith-only salvation.

[104] “#2″–Many Christians undercut their witness by failing badly at the Second Great Commandment.

[103] “The Interrupters”–There is no better depiction of urban gang violence than this film.

[102] “Solitary Man”–This movie shows how freedom becomes bondage.

[101] “Springer”–Jerry Springer may not be as immoral as the prime time network lineup.

[100] “Life Over Money”–If we valued life more, the role of homemaker would be esteemed.

[99] “Lloyd Ahlem”–The late Lloyd Ahlem made a difference in the world of faith and learning.

[98] “Learning & Faith”–The example of a tithing parent changed lives of people the world over.

[97] “Crisis”–Evangelicals are not doing very well in family relationships.

[96] “Exit Kids!”–Why do Christian children, reared in the church, leave as adults? 

[95] “Schilling”–Cancer-stricken Curt Shilling needs our prayers, not our thoughts.

[94] “Warning”–(Mark Eckel, guest blogger) Fading memories can make disasters recur in history.

[93] “Tools”–It is important to know the tools of Christian scholarship.

[92] “Survey”–This survey could  be used effectively by deans in Christian colleges.

[91] “Playing Surface”–The mind is the playing surface on which we compete for souls. 

[90] “Not Private?”–The basis for Christian scholarship is that faith is a mind thing before an emotional one.

[89] “Frankenstein”–(Mark Eckel, guest blogger) The novel,  Frankenstein, teaches a supernatural battle.

[88] “Entitlement?”–(Mark Eckel, guest blogger) Entitlement attitudes in education breed irresponsibility. 

[87] “Student as Vocation”–(Mark Eckel, guest blogger) Students’ time in college is one of critical vocation.

[86] “Authority?”–(Mark Eckel, guest blogger) Without God there are no rules.

[85] “The Question?”–(Mark Eckel, guest blogger) It’s what education can do for you, not what you can get out of it.

[84] “The Box?”–(Mark Eckel, guest blogger) There need be no (in or out of the) box for the Christian scholar.

[83] “What Is It?”–Nicholas Wolterstorff defines Christian scholarship.

[82] “It Isn’t III”–The “Pit Bull Approach” is not Christian scholarship.

[81] “It Isn’t II”–Christian scholarship is not exemplified by the “Bandwagon Approach.”.

[80] “It Isn’t I”–Christian scholarship is much more than “Baptized Paganism.”

[79] “Write Something”–Christian college faculty need to write even if they do not publish. 

[78] “Open II”–The argument that restrictive enrollment shelters Christian college students is hard to defend.

[77] “Open Enrollment”–Christian colleges should consider opening enrollment to people of all faith and non-faiths.

[76] “765 Christian Colleges–”Christian colleges are wise to reconsider football in light of the concussion crisis. 

[75] “The Top 5″–Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the five most influential Americans in the second half of the 20th century.

[74] “Diversity”–Christian colleges need to ready students to live in a diverse and global culture.

[73] “In the Closet”–Academics in the secular university have some tough choices.

[72] “AA”–People in the academic community need to understand Affirmative Action more clearly.

[71] “Playing Defense”–Christians are better known for what they are against than what they are for.

[70] “Baylor 2012″–The forces of secularism crushed Baylor’s attempt at being the top Christian research U.

[69] “The Universe”–’The Universe” as a synonym for God is pure postmodernism.  

[68] “Special Interests U.”–The secular university is anything but value-free with its special interests departments and courses.

[67] “Rating Christian Colleges”–We need a rating system that assesses a college’s level faith and learning efforts.

[66] “A New Course”–Christian colleges might want to study the history of the church’s response to or leadership of social change.

[65] “Angry Students”–There is more to faith and learning than stating a Christian position on a controversial matter.

[64] “Dumb ‘em Down”–Christian colleges need not protect their students from secular worldviews.

[63] “Research Wing”–Christian colleges need to provide research opportunities so they can retain their best and brightest faculty.

[62] “WFB”–William F. Buckley, Jr. was a pioneer in faith and learning.

[61] “Vigilant at the U.”–The impact of the culture’s movement in an anti-Christian direction is intensified at the secular university.

[60]  “Get ‘em In”–There are higher goals for a Christian college than merely trying to get its students into elite graduate schools.

[59] “Evolution”–Too much time is wasted by Christians debating this issue.

[58] “Appropriate?”–The term, appropriate, is postmodern nonsense.

[57] “Christian Textbooks,”–Christians should unabashedly offer Christian perspectives in academe.    

[56] “A, B, or C”–There are only three belief options we have when it comes to faith and education.

[55] “True to Self”–Regret in later life is the price of not identifying ourselves openly as Christians.

[54] “Evolution Now”–Thoughts on evolution have evolved, but the issue is the first cause.

[53] “Coming Out”–Christians in the secular U have a decision to make.

[52] “Integrity”–Faith and learning efforts must not come at the expense of intellectual honesty.

[51]  “What’s Missing”–What is missing in the story of Ben Chavis is worshipping the right God.

[50]  “How To”–Christian college students should know what faith and learning is.

[49]  “Rap on Romney”–Romney doesn’t connect and that is a problem with many Christians as well.

[48]  “Making or Marketing”–Naturalism is marketed at the secular university like presidential candidates.

[47]  “PM and Phenomenological Psychology”–Postmodernism is like phenomenological psychology.

[46]  “From the Outside”–Christian studies have a place in the secular academy.

[45]  “Fallen Christians”–Repentant Christians who sin publicly need to be restored not marginalized.

[44]  “Two Cents”–Postmodernism is not worth two cents.

[43]  “Andrea Mitchell”–Secularists deny our citizen rights come from God.

[42]  “Going Global”–We need to make the Christian message supracultural in a global age.

[41]   “Online”–Online teaching can sharpen Christian scholarship.

[40]  “Christian Faculty”–Faculty reviews should include faith and learning efforts.

[39]  “Faith and Learning Cub Fan”–Like the Cubs, faith and learning never fully arrives.

[38]  “A Christian College?”–What makes a college Christian is its faculty and staff.

[37]  “A Faith Tester”–How do Christians justify hateful behavior?

[36]  “Bold”–Faith and learning needs to be advanced unabashedly.

[35]  “Christian Research University”–We need a strong, national Christian research university.

[34]  “Third World Education”–Christian colleges should raise Third World awareness.

[33]  “Christian Political Science”–What would Christian political science look like?

[32]  “A Preppy Christian Dean”–Some deans are chosen without a faith and learning criteria.

[31]  “Selling Out”–Marrying outside the faith is selling out.                                                                                                                       

[30]  “Leeches”–We need more initial faith and learning research and publication attempts.                                          

[29]  “God in Math (Mark Eckel, guest blogger)”–Math is the language of God.                                   

[28]  “Lenses”–Faith and learning is putting on Christian lenses as we look at the world.

[27]  “Do You Care or Are You Just There?”–Are you a Christian scholar or just a Christian?

[26]  “Denial”–To see the intricate patterned universe as random is denial.

[25]  “Law & Ethics”–We need more faith and learning applications to law.

[24]  “Neck Up”–Faith and learning is how we think, not how we feel.

[23]  “Evil”–What really is evil?

[22]  “Cultural Apologetics”–Faith and learning needs to address culture.

[21]  “PC or Just PM”–Political correctness is just another form of postmodernism.

[20]  “Conflict of Interest”–Naturalism in the secular academy is a conflict of interest.

[19] “Vs. Mediocrity”–Christian college students need to value academic excellence.

[18] “Bias” (Mark Eckel, guest blogger)–No one is bias free; our goals is to be broadminded.

[17] “Stone’s Death”–Shannon Stone’s death at the Texas Rangers’ stadium is faith testing.

[16] “Christian Math?”–Math reveals one of God’s attributes: his love of order.

[15] “What is a Christian Scholar?”–There is no value-freedom in academe.

[14] “Apologetics U”–Christian colleges should have a required course in apologetics.

[13] “Paul Schrader”–Schrader’s films depict Christians as admirable but culturally impotent.

[12] “1 Size Fits All”–Cultural relativism and postmodernism afflicts many Christian students.

[11] “Brains”–Intelligence has little value if it is not aimed at glorifying God.

[10] “Phil Jackson and F&L”–Jackson’s anti-intellectual Christian upbringing left too many questions.

[9] “Faith and Learning vs. Naturalism”–Christianity holds up very well against naturalism.

[8] “Intimidation”–Too many Christian scholars are intimidated by their university counterparts.

[7] “David Horowitz”–Horowitz is a heroic role model for Christians in confronting secular academe.

[6] “Can You Get a Good Education at Harvard?”–An education without Christ is incomplete.

[5] “Kiddie Porn & Other Things”–To understand anything is to understand its value system.

[4] “We Don’t Want the Table”–Christian scholars want only a respected place in the secular university. 

[3] “But a Single Word: Truth”–Christian education is about a search for truth.

[2] “Disabled Christian Scholars”–Christian academics that do not pursue faith and learning are disabled.

[1] “Points of Differentiation”–What we at faithandlearningforum believe.

BLOGS–F&L in the News

[156] “The ‘R’ Word”–When political correctness censors certain words, those words are given greater power.

[155] “Wayne Dyer”–Dyer seemed steeped in spiritual wisdom but not the Truth.

[154] “Bob Woodward”–Bob Woodward’s contempt for Nixon appears to cloud his judgment.   

[153] “PC and Trump”–Trump’s is similar to Archie Bunker as much of his popularity comes from the same source.   

[152] “Johnny Manziel”–If Johnny Manziel is an alcoholic we are not understanding or dealing with him  correctly.   

[151] “Obama & Todd”–Chuck Todd’s book on Obama offers some excellent insights.

[150] “ISIS and Us”–The attack on France needs to remind us that another 9-11 may not be far in the future.   

[149] “Ashley Madison”–The website scandal should be a warning to Christians that little is out of the public eye.   

[148] “Tony Campolo”–Campolo’s reversal on LGBTQ issues lacks much of an intellectual foundation.   

[147] “Future Impact”–Christians need to look at the immediate and future impact of social change in our society.  

[146] “Meet the Press”–The weekly news show may be outdated and unable to recover from the loss of Tim Russert.

[145] “Bigoted”–We live in a society in which principled disagreement is mistaken bigotry.

[144] “No Fear Ron”–Ronald Reagan, Jr. seems bent on using his father’s fame to gain a platform to attack his values.

[143] “End the Debate”–Christians need to stop fighting each other and others over issues like gay marriage, and focus on pressing matters that are less controversial within the faith and learning community. 

[142] “Rose and Hell”–Pete Rose is in secular and professional hell and his plight should remind us that there are consequences for our actions in this world and the next.

[141] “Popular Vote”–Once a candidate is considered minimally competent the election turns on likeability.

[140] “Journalist?”–You don’t need a college degree to be a network news anchor.

[139] “Honorable Mention”–Here are the ones that just missed my list of the ten most influential figures in the second half of the 20th Century.

[138] “6-10″–Here is #6-#10 of my list of the ten most influential figures in the second half of the 20th Century.

[137] “Top 5″–Here is my list of the five most influential figures in the second half of the 20th Century.

[136] “NBA Finals”–The NBA Finals are about pressure and so is the Christian life.

[135] “Testosterone”–Why is sexual misconduct so common among rich and powerful males?

[134] “W. Wins–George W.  Bush is more popular than Obama according to a recent poll.

[133] “Absolutely”–This popular word may be a reaction to postmodern confusion more than a reflection of certainty.

[132] “Prison”–The US trumpets justice, but a look at the prison population does not support the claim.

[131] “Hastert’s Money”–Hastert entered the Congress with less than $300K in personal worth and left with millions.

[130] “Hastert”–Among other things, Denny Hastert reminds us that most of us have skeletons.

[129] “Truth for 2016″–Listen to what candidates say about the economy as the truth test.

[128] “Out of Touch”–The movie, Do You Believe, shows how the secular media is out of touch with the American public.

[127] “US Identity?”–Ian Bremmer says the US is not making clear what it stands for on the international front.

[126] “Bill Cosby?”–The final act of this icon may leave him with a Nixonian legacy.

[125] “Dan Rather?”–The aged journalist seems driven to gain public approval long after he has left the mainstage.

[124] “Robin Williams?”–The Episcopalian Williams lived out a Matthew 25 concern for those without.

[123] “A Hero?”–Bruce Jenner is many things but he is not a hero.

[122] “Hillary”–I hope Hillary is running for the right reasons.

[121] “John Dean”–I wonder if Dean, who seems obsessed with Watergate, was more involved than he is admitting?

[120] “Such Nonsense”–Adam Silver’s banishment of Donald Sterling has nothing to do with moral high ground.

[119] “40 Years Later”–The legacy of Watergate has been positive and negative.

[118] “Sexism”–When you look at the women on TV, you see the secular media’s intense sexism.

[117] “20 Years Later”–The OJ murder odyssey is 20 years old, but the racial gap remains.

[116] “Irrelevant”–Western culture does not so much oppose God; it makes Him irrelevant.

[115] “Dr. J”–The Julius Erving story instill a concern over the worship of celebrity in Christian circles.

[114] “First Amendment”–The NBA’s purge of Donald Sterling should give Christians pause.

[113] “Fritz”–The story of  Fritz Peterson is a cautionary tale for the faith and learning community.

[112] “Better Place”–Why do secularists say their deceased friends are in a better place when they do not believe in God?

[111] “Hollywood Naivete”–Politically correct Hollywood is full of stereotypes when treating Christian themes.

[110] “Pay Them?”–Paying college athletes is a lot more complicated than it seems.

[109] “Sarandon”–Susan Sarandon is typical of so many contemporary mockers–unwilling to submit to a power greater than herself.

[108] “Regrets?”–People facing death rarely regret not having spent more time working.

[107] “Christian Hoops”–Grace is in short supply during tournament season.

[106] “PETP”–We need to care more about people as well as animals.

[105] “Michael Douglas”–Douglas is a serious actor facing serious problems.

[104] “Killers”–The murder of Sylvie Cachay teaches some ancient lessons.

[103] “Smile”–TV news anchors clown to get ratings, rather than focus on serious journalism.

[102] “Leno Out”–Leno’s demise is part of a changing culture.

[101] “Michael Samm”–Let’s not overreact in any direction over Michael Samm’s “coming out.”

[100] “Unshiny Stars”–Peyton Manning promotes everything but his faith.

[99] “Chanukkah?”–Happy Chanukkah!  Should offend everyone.

[98] “911 Redux”–Susan Rice’s claims that the Muslim uprisings owe to a film are nonsense.

[97] “Wages of Madoff”–Bernie Madoff is paying a high price for his sins.

[96] “Rape”–The Jamison Winston incident reminds us that women are not safe.

[95] “Impact in Death”–Jim Valvano is an example of how we can have an impact on God’s earthly kingdom even after we are gone.

[94] “Fonda Foundation”–Who really benefits from a foundation bearing the name of a famous person?

[93] “Racial Unity”–(Mark Eckel, guest blogger) Robert E. Lee modeled racial unity for Christians.

[92] “More Illegals”–Matthew 25 should give us pause in our judgments of those here illegally. 

[91] “Illegals”–Christian attitudes toward illegal immigrants exemplify overly simple thinking.

[90] “Attitude”–(Mark Eckel, guest blogger) “We can learn a lot from Viktor Frankl and Dewey Bozella.

[89] “Long Ago”–The journalistic standards of Walter Cronkite seem ancient now.

[88] “Zimmerman”–The Trayvon Martin case reminds us of how far we have to go in race relations. 

[87] “Killing Jesus”–At least the ever controversial Bill O’Reilly went public with his faith.

[86] “Socialism Bad?”–Capitalism (or socialism) is not Christian.

[85] “It Isn’t Free”–There are no free lunches, and Obamacare isn’t either.

[84] “Shutdown”–There are three culprits in our recent governmental shutdown.

[83] “Union Power”–(Mark Eckel, guest blogger) Organizational goals must to beyond retaining power.

[82] “Linemen & the Media”–(Mark Eckel, guest blogger) The media misses a lot of powerful things Christians do in society.

[81]  “Closed Sundays”–(Mark Eckel, guest blogger) Chick-Fil-A seems to be blessed by closing Sundays.

[80] “Jimmy Carter”–Carter spends a lot of time criticizing other presidents despite his less than sterling record.

[79]  “765MM”–Roger Goodell and his employers are getting off cheap in their concussion settlement.

[78] “Tiger”–Tiger Woods is trying to work at ‘being a nice person,’ but the answer is internal transformation.

[77] “Gay”–Depression rather than gaiety typifies the homosexual community.

[76] “What If?”–What if Martin Luther King, Jr. had never lived?

[75] “50 Years”–Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech continues to be life changing fifty years later. 

[74] “Homophobia”–The term is really a manipulation of words and message. 

[73] “Black Coaches”–The dearth of African-American head coaches in the NFL is a lesson in Affirmative Action.

[72] “Blended Family”–We have too many divorces in the Christian community.

[71] “Mistakes”–Public misdeeds are moral failings not mistakes.

[70] “A-Rod”–Alex Rodriguez’s attempts to keep the public from knowing who he is seems to be backfiring. 

[69] “Culture Lag”–The church seems to be behind in addressing the relevant issues of our time.

[68] “Suppression”–The political parties try to suppress the facts to keep the population ignorant.  The media must act.

[67] “Unprotected”–Parents need to beat the secular culture to the punch in introducing them to adult realities. 

[66] “Mockers”–The culture is moving into an increasingly anti-Christian direction led my seemingly intelligent media figures.

[65] “War on Women”–The war-on-women charge is ugly and misleading.

[64] “Political Mud”–Political attacks are called mud-slinging because mud sticks.

[63] “Ugly Christianity”–Hateful responses to opponents of the faith is common but not Christian.

[62] “Joel Osteen”–We can learn much from his ability to communicate.   

[61] “Madonna”–Time is running out on the rebellious entertainer.

[60] “Grace”–There are Christian organizations that daily dispense raw grace.

[59] “Deadly Sin”–Pride brought down Ben Chavis.

[58] “Celebrity”–In many respects, celebrity is a lie.

[57] “Why Romney Lost”–Obama did not win;  Romney lost for three reasons.

[56] “A bizarre Twist”–What if a political candidate refused to run a negative ad.  We need public civility.

[55] “Strikes”–Labor disputes are settled at the point at which both sides want a deal.

[54] “Truth Spin”–On cable news channels, the networks spin harder than the politicos.

[53] “Fact Check”–Political candidates of both parties openly mislead the electorate.

[52] “Legislate Morality?”–Almost all legislation is justified on some moral (right/wrong) basis.

[51] “Mudslinging”–Political mudslinging confuses rather than enlightens.

[50]  “Replacement Officials”–The NFL wrangle over the officials is about money and control.

[49]  “Obama’s IQ–hi”–It’s not about intelligence, but how it is focused.

[48]  “911 Redux”–The murder of Stevens has a 911 smell despite the administration’s denials.

[47]  “Sarah Palin”–Palin traded her intellectual curiosity for fame and a bigger check.

[46]  “NHL Strike?”–We can choose sides when one favors cheaper tickets and philanthropy.

[45]  “Joe Paterno”–What do we make of his legacy?

[44]  “How Dare They?”–The strapped, the Chicago teachers want more money without more accountability.

[43]  “Hannity, etc.”–Cable news is not about information but ratings and revenue.

[42]  “Jim Calhoun”–Regaled for his wins, little attention is paid to the cheating.

[41]  “Negative Ads”–They work but not for an electorate that needs to be informed.

[40]  “Price of Politics”–Woodward’s book shows that politics is about power and ego rather than service.

[39]  “Off Air and Online”–TV news is so bad one has to go online to check the facts.

[38]  “Ron Santo Hall of Fame”–Too long denied the Hall of Fame, Santo was an even better man than player.

[37]  “Jerry Sandusky”–No wonder it took so long; sociopaths are cunning.

[36]  “God Disappears”–References to God are not present at the Democratic convention.

[35]  “Black Voters”–When blacks vote along racial lines they are supporting the home team.

[34]  “Pretty Politics”–Homely Abe Lincoln would not cut it in a telegenic age and we are the poorer.

[33]  “Mormon Mitt (James Schaap, guest blogger)”–Does Romney’s position shifting come from Mormonism?

[32]  “Politics & Religion”–This website deals with these hot items but in a Christian perspective.

[31]  “National Enquirer”–The popularity of this tabloid is rooted in our addiction to celebrity.

[30] “News for Sale”–TV news is about ratings and revenue, not information.

[29] “Charles Colson”–Colson was a latter day Apostle Paul.

[28] “Info Babes”–Female newscasters resemble clothed Hefner Playmates more than traditional journalists.

[27] “Jane Fonda”–Sadly, Jane seems more lost than found spiritually.

[26] “Duped”–Republican media people trumpet Christian values but make no claims to faith themselves.

[25] “Black and White?”–When will the media admit we have race issues.  Things are black and white.

[24] “Entitlements?”–Social security is not an entitlement.

[23] “Impersonal Access”–Electronic media increases access but cheapens relationships.

[22] “Third Parties”–Third parties do not last because they are organized around a candidate, not a platform.

[21] “Vengeance”–It is amazing how important vengeance is to families of murder victims.

[20] “Pro What?”–Too often Christians project their points of view in unattractive ways.

[19]  “No Info”–Amid the editorializing, too many news shows contain no information at all.

[18] “Gay Divide”–The hateful tone of the discussions of gay and lesbian is tearing up the kingdom of God.

[17] “White & Sexy”–Casey Anthony is a big story because she is white and racy.

[16] “Taking Sides”–The debt ceiling negotiations are polarizing.

[15] “Casey Anthony”–Poor parenting is contributing factor in 12 million sociopaths in the US.

[14] “Roger Goodell”–We need sports as an emotional outlet in our society.

[13] “Martyr” (Mark Eckel, guest blogger)–Shahbaz Bahti was a martyr for free speech in Islamabad.

[12] “Trump 4 Prez?”–Like him or not, The Donald answers questions directly.

[11] “Budget Battling”–We need prophetic rather than political messages.

[10] “March Madness”–The real story on this is about money, not amateur athletics.

[9] “They’re Both Lying”–Both parties are lying about the state of the economy.

[8] “Tsunami”–This tragedy tests our faith while driving us to it.

[7] “Death in Fennville”–Bo Kimble’s compassion was evident in this small town.

[6] “Charlie Sheen”–Strip away this star’s veneer and you will find an addict.

[5] “Was the Supreme Court Right?”–The ruling on the disgusting behavior of the Westboro church was correct.

[4] “Glenn Beck”–There are talented Christians who could be as popular as Beck.

[3] “Bill Mahr”–Chiding believers as having a neurological disorder, Mahr’s atheism brings no happiness.

[2] “Mosques and Manhattan”–Christians should state their case on this issue and move on.

[1] “Illegal Immigration: Pray & Grapple”–This is a complex issue and should be viewed accordingly.  

 

 REVIEWS &

II. Book Reviews (51–)

[71] What is True: A Defense of the Christian Faith,  David Claerbaut, reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[70] My Name is Love, Darlene Love, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[69] The Great Divide: The Conflict Between Washington that Defined a Nation,  Thomas Fleming, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[68]  The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House,  Chuck Todd, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[67] Sex, Mom, and God: How the Bible’s Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics–and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway,  Frank Schaeffer, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[66] Cheated: The UNC Scandal, the Education of Athletes, and the Future of Big-Time College Sports,  Jay M. Smith and Mary Willingham, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[65] The Nixon Defense: What he Knew and When He Knew It,  John W. Dean, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[64] When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up,  Jamie Janosz, reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[63] Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises,  Timothy F. Geithner, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[62] The Real Crash: America’s Coming Bankruptcy–How to Save Yourself and Your Country, Peter D. Schiff, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[61] Parcells: A Football Life, Bill Parcells and Nunyo Demasio, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[60] Incarnate: The Body of Christ in an Age of Disengagement,  Michael Frost, reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[59] Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,  Reza Aslan, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[58] Make Your Mark: Getting Right What Samson Got Wrong,  Brad Gray, reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[57] Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter, Randall Balmer, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[56] The Reagan Enigma,  Thomas C. Reed,  reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[55] The Lawyer Bubble: A Profession in Crisis, Stephen J. Harper, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[54] Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism, Molly Worthen, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[53] Dr. J: The Autobiography,  Julius Erving and Karl Tao Greenfield,  reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[52] Namath: A Biography, Mark Kriegel, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[51] I Just Need Time to Think!  Mark Eckel, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

I. Book Reviews (1-50)

[50] Hearing the Call, Nicholas Wolterstorff, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[49] Roger Ailes: Off Camera,  Zev Chafets, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[48] Turn and Jump: How Time and Place Fell Apart,  Howard Mansfield, reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[47] Michael Douglas: A Biography, Marc Eliot, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[46] Home Free, James Schaap, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[45] Romey’s Place, James Calvin Schaap, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[44] The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy,  David Nasaw, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[43] A Cold-Blooded Business, Marek Fuchs, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[42] The Last Testament of Lucky Luciano, Martin A. Gosch and Richard Hammer, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[41] The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, Diana B. Henriques, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[40] The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[39] The Birth of God, James Kavanaugh, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[38] The Best of the Reformed Journal, James D. Bratt and Ronald A. Wells, eds., reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[37] Book was There: Reading in Electronic Times  Andrew Piper, reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[36] Christianity and the Soul of the University  Douglas V. Henry and Michael D. Beaty, eds., reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[35] Creating with God: The Holy Confusing Blessedness of Pregnance  Sarah Jobe, reviewed by Chelsea Andres.

[34] Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good  Amy L. Sherman, reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[33] Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue  Andreas J. Kostenberger, reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[32] Leadership Ellipse: Shaping How We Lead by Who We Are  Robert A. Fryling, reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[31] Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success  Phil Jackson, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[30] William F. Buckley and the Rise of American Conservatism  Carl Bogus, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[29] The Works of Leland Ryken  Leland Ryken, reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[28] Faith and Learning on the Edge: A Bold New Look at Religion in Higher Education  David Claerbaut, reviewed by Karen Riethmiller.

[27] Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life  James Martin, reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[26] The Dr. Seuss Book Series, reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[25] The Virtue of Dialogue: Conversation as a Hopeful Practice of Church Communities,  C. Christopher Smith, reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[24] In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community, on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time, Peter Lovenheim, reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[23] Beyond Integration: Inter/Disciplinary Possibilities for the Future of Christian Higher Education, Todd C. Ream, Jerry Pattengale, and David L. Riggs, eds., reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[22]  Crazy Like a Fox: One Principal’s Triumph in the Inner City, Dr. Ben Chavis, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[21]  Herbert Butterfield: History, Providence, and Skeptical Politics, Kenneth B. McIntyre, reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[20]  Propaganda: The True Story Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over TV, Ben Shapiro, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[19]  The Price of Politics, Bob Woodward, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[18]  True Compass: A Memoir, Edward M. Kennedy, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[17]  Why Catholicism Matters: How Catholic Virtues Can Reshape Society in the 21st Century, Bill Donohue, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[16]  Liberal Arts for the Christian Life, Jeffry C. Davis and Philip Ryken, eds., reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[15]  Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting, W. Scott Poole, reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[14]  Old Testament Wisdom Literature: A Theological Introduction, Craig G. Bartholomew and Ryan P. O’Dowd, reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[13] The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and End of America’s Childhood, Jane Leavy, reviewed by David Claerbaut

[12] The Great American University, Jonathan Cole, reviewed by David Claerbaut

[11]  Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted, Justin Martin, reviewed by Mark Eckel

[10] Without a Doubt, Marcia Clark, reviewed by David Claerbaut

[9] The Strong Man; John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate,  James Rosen, reviewed by David Claerbaut

[8] The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind,  Alistair McGrath, reviewed by Mark Eckel

[7] American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites, Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell, reviewed by Mark Eckel

[6] Reforming Our Universities: The Campaign for an Academic Bill of Rights, David Horowitz, reviewed by David Claerbaut

[5]Letters to Young Scholars: An Introduction to Christian Thought, William C. Ringenberg, reviewed by David Claerbaut

[4] Reading God’s World:  The Scientific Vocation, Angus J. L. Menuge, ed., reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[3] God, Philosophy, Universities: A Selective History of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition, Alasdair MacIntyre, reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[2] The Disenchantment of Secular Discourse, Steven D. Smith, reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[1] The Integration of Faith and Learning, Robert Harris, reviewed by Mark Eckel.

REVIEWS &

II. Movie Reviews and Commentary (51–)

[69] “Spotlight,” reviewed by Steve Launer.

[68] “War Room,” reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[67] Ethics in Film: Not “Can We?” but “Should We?” commentary by Mark Eckel.

[66] “The Cokeville Miracle,” reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[65] “Whiplash,” reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[64] “Selma,” reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[63]  “City That Never Sleeps,” reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[62] Breaching or Preaching, commentary by Mark Eckel.

[61] “Do You Believe?,” reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[60] “Cabaret,” reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[59] Justice in Film, commentary by Mark Eckel.

[58] The High, reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[57] “The Dark Knight Rises,” reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[56] “Grand Canyon,” reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[55] “The Jersey Boys,” reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[54] The Projector’s Light Can Reflect Light from Heaven, commentary by Mark Eckel.

[53] “God’s Not Dead,” reviewed by Steve Launer.

[52] “Heaven is for Real,” reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[51] “Draft Day,” reviewed by David Claerbaut.

I. Movie Reviews and Commentary (1-50)

[50] “Noah,” reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[49] “American Hustle,” reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[48] “12 Years a Slave,” reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[47] “The Great Gatsby,” reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[46] “Son of God,” reviewed by Steve Launer.

[45] Eating Popcorn at the Movies, commentary by Mark Eckel.

[44] “Saving Mr. Banks,” reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[43] “Behind the Candelabra,” reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[42] “The Spitfire Grill,” reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[41] Hollywood Bumps, commentary by Mark Eckel

[40] “Solitary Man,” reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[39] “The interrupters,” reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[38] Sports Films, commentary by David Claerbaut.

[37] The “Major League” Trilogy, reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[36] Watching Movies Through a Christian Lens, commentary by Mark Eckel.

[35] “The Beaver,” reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[34] “Short Circuit,” reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[33] Family Films, commentary by Mark Eckel.

[32]  “12 Angry Men,” reviewed by David Claerbaut

[31]  “Gone Baby Gone,”  reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[30]  “‘The Exorcist’ and Christmas,” review and commentary by Mark Eckel.

[29] Movies and Common Grace, commentary by Mark Eckel.

[23] “‘Star Wars’ and Belief,” commentary by Mark Eckel.

[27]  “42,” reviewed by David Claerbaut

[26]  “The Power of Mystery,”  commentary by Mark Eckel.

[25]  “The Lives of Others,” reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[24] “Rails and Ties,” reviewed by Mark Eckel and Anna Drehmer.

[23] “Looper,” reviewed by Mark and Tyler Eckel.

[22]  “Peacock,” reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[21]  “The Crazies,” reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[20]  “Charlie Bartlett,” reviewed by Tyler Eckel.

[19] “The Big Lebowski,” reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[18]  “Moneyball,” reviewed by David Claerbaut

[17]  “Act of Valor,” reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[16]  “The Thin Man, reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[15] “Take Shelter,” reviewed by Mark Eckel and Anna Drehmer.

[14] “Foster the People,” reviewed by Mark and Tyler Eckel.

[13]  “Raising Helen,” reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[12]  “The Beaver,” reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[11]  “50/50,” reviewed by Tyler Eckel.

[10] “Ron Burgundy,” reviewed by David Claerbaut.

[9] Corrupt Cop Movies, commentary by Mark Eckel.

[8] “Frozen River,” reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[7] “Hachi–A Dog’s Tale,” reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[6] “Jesse Stone,” reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[5] “Never Let Me Go,” reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[4] “Temple Grandin,” reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[3] “Doubt,” reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[2] “An Unfinished Life,” reviewed by Mark Eckel.

[1] “Gran Torino,” reviewed by Mark Eckel.

 ALPHABETICAL LIST OF AUTHORS

Chelsea Andres

E. Christina Belcher

Steve Bellinger

David Claerbaut

Charles W. Colson

Robert Craigen

Calvin B. DeWitt

Emily Downs

Anna Drehmer

Colleen Dunbar

Mark Eckel

Tyler Eckel

Elaine Howard Ecklund

Harold Heie

Brian M. Howell

Timothy Howell

Don King

Steve Launer

Timothy M. Larkin

Carly  Lounsbery

George Marsden

David O. Moberg

Robert Nash

Michael E. Nielsen

Walton Padelford

Alvin Plantinga

Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

Mary Pals

Jenell Williams Paris

Andrew Pfeifer

Sarah Rainer

Karen Riethmiller

William C. Ringenberg

James C. Schaap 

Scott Sealy

Matt Slick

John Thompson

James R. Velissaris

Nicholas Wolterstorff

Philip Yancey

STUDENT AUTHORS

Colleen Dunbar

Mary Pals

 

 

 

 

 

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