Archive for January 17, 2013

The Wrong Side of History

January 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Slactivist wrote a compelling post, ‘There’s nothing mutual about it’: White evangelicals, privileged distress and grievance envy.

As I read Fred’s description of the father in Pleasantville, I realized that I am living out a similar experience.

My parents were on the correct side of interracial marriage back in the late 60s. They wisely concluded that nothing in the Bible condemned people with different-colored skin from marrying. Today, my generation looks at people my parents’ age and think it’s distasteful and quaint that people used to consider biracial couples sinful.

In another 30 years, people will condemn my hesitation to approve gay marriage in the same way.

There is no question I’ll be on the wrong side of this issue in the minds of most Christians when I’m my parents’ age.

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The Information, by James Gleick

January 17, 2013 Leave a comment

One of my favorite books of all time is 1987’s Chaos, an introduction to the mathematics of chaos theory, by this author.

I was excited to learn that Gleick was winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2012 with a new title, The Information.

If you’re interested in the progression of human understanding as a result of information technologies, then this book is for you.

It is not an easy read, but it is an important one. I give it my highest recommendation.

Categories: book review
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