“psychologists have discovered that some of the most hallowed advice on study habits is flat wrong.” - Click the link to see what does work; you’ll be surprised. (via Instapaper) Research Upends Traditional Thinking on Study Habits
Pondering Islam and its discontents: “To put all this into a sound-bite, the church’s approach to interreligious dialogue is moving beyond the tea-and-cookies stage, where the point is simply to be polite to one another. Today a more balanced form of engagement is emerging, which promises more substantive, but also more potentially combustible, conversations.” Another fine column from John Allen, the one writer who makes NCR worth reading. Pondering Islam and its discontents
Fr. Schall reviews Tracey Rowland on BXVI; not to be missed, and good in the wake of the UK visit to bring home Benedict’s theological vision. (via Instapaper) Faith Abides: The Intelligence of Benedict XVI | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
Money quote: “In the end, Hawking on theology reminds me of ill-informed fundamentalists and their efforts at creation “science.” There’s no actual interest in a broad engagement with the challenges of understanding, just a mulish push to make what one already understands into the key for understanding everything else.” Hawking and Creation » First Things
Here’s the conclusion of a longer article from Fr. Lienhard on BXVI’s approach to Scripture. Well worth reading the whole thing. “The theology of the Bible elaborated by Pope Benedict XVI in the course of almost fifty years might be summarized in ten theses. The word of God must be approached with sympathetic understanding, a readiness to experience something new, and a readiness to be taken along a new path (cf.
Cognitive science revises ideas about studying. Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits
Nice piece by Weigel that puts BXVI’s trip to Britain in context of broader Western Civ. issues BXVI & the fragility of reason
Politically incorrect, but nonetheless accurate: “The greatest advantage of Huntington’s civilizational model of international relations is that it reflects the world as it is—not as we wish it to be.” Ayaan Hirsi Ali: How to Win the Clash of Civilizations
Nice updating and reapplication of Balthasar’s thoughts on razing the bastions, from Homiletic & Pastoral Review; good for Gen-X types such as myself to remember! “Most of the young people I know here at St. Louis University, for example, pray and worship and serve in a “post-dissent” Church… They are not reacting against anything internally within the Church but only outwardly against the alienating harshness of secular modernism.” Razing generational bastions