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Social communications in today’s captivity

This month marks the 500th anniversary of the ceremonial start of the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther nailed a list of 95 theses against the Catholic Church onto the door of a chapel in Wittenberg, Germany.  Luther would later pen a stinging treatise – “On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church” – against the errors […]


Taking a stand on language

Weighing in on the controversy du jour, this post isn’t about racism or patriotism, about athletes or presidents, or even about Francis Scott Key’s song.  In all the hullabaloo about the Star-Spangled Banner, there seems to be a more basic disconnect — over the language we use. President Trump has thrown down another proverbial gauntlet […]


Has the time of Christianity passed?

City skylines were once dominated by crosses atop grand cathedrals, and towns built up around the central church.  But these days, when a solar eclipse represents “the most transcendent experience of the year,” the religious landscape has surely changed. That’s the assessment of the Barna research group, which has developed a “Post-Christian” metric to name […]


The heart pulses through the eyes

The images remain horrifying.  Clashing groups of fellow citizens, illumined by torch lights reminiscent of dark ages past, come to blows with each other.  Cries of domestic terrorism ring out after bodies fly in the streets due to vehicular homicide. Racism rears its ugly head – again. Published statements decry the hatred and violence.  In […]


Someone has to make the call

As the summer season plays on, the technological imperative grows stronger.  That’s the belief – really an assumption – that if things can be done better by machines (i.e., more speedily, efficiently, or effectively), then they should be. It’s the conviction underlying AI, whose “artificial” nomenclature belies the real source of a machine’s “intelligence,” namely […]


Driving under the spell

There’s a new kind of DUI.  But it concerns an entirely different influence that affects driving and could lead to a criminal citation. This week the governor of New York announced a review process to examine use of a “Textalyzer” to crack down on what so many motorists seem to do harmlessly.  But the data […]