This week’s links!
- For this week’s Esolen Selection, I have decided to share What Jesus Really Said About Sins of the Flesh from Crisis Magazine. An exploration of ethics of sexual morality drawn largely from etymological reflections on Scripture; an exercise in going deeper.
- For some humor, I loved this Wedding Jitters video by “Kid Snippets.” Apparently there’s a group of adults who have their kids pretend scenarios and then they act them out with the kids’ voiced dubbed in. A pretty hilarious glimpse inside the minds of children!
- For some more humor, Don’t Make Fun of Renowned Author Dan Brown.
- For some politics (with a dash of humor): The Common Core is in the news (another Crisis article), not least because some states’ citizens have begun to realize what a danger it is. (In fact,
Indianans(*edited to say of course we mean Hoosiers and have one ourselves — Joseph!) have been clever enough to prevent this intrusion in their state.)
(Auntie Leila says:) But don’t think that the loss of local control started here with this administration, or even under Bush’s No Child Left Behind (although that was a decisive blow). Yes, communities still pay for their schools through property taxes, but if you are involved in your local government you quickly discover that these funds are tied to state and federal funds that must be secured to meet their requirements and mandates, all of which restrict local decisions on what to teach. Which is what school is about.
Read Common Ground to understand how court-ordered busing made it impossible for communities, including black communities, the intended beneficiaries — which arguably have lost the most in ensuing years — to retain control of the education of their own children.
It’s all about testing and making money for the testing companies, because who wouldn’t want to have a product that every child in America had to buy.
It all starts so early.
- And finally, for some theology: Read here for a nice take on an argument (used by Newman when still an Anglican, and also C. S. Lewis) on whether the invocation of saints leads away from God.
On that note, dip into our archives to read about Saints and how to get them into your family devotions without going crazy.