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Homo Economus Christianus

Homo Economus Christianus

October 29, 2009

Bart Flueren A review of Allan C. Carlson's Third Ways. Question: What do the author of The Journal of My Brother Alexei to the Land of Peasant Utopia, the corporation of Swedish Socialist Housewives, the Dutch Christian Democratic movement, Hillaire Belloc, and G.K. Chesterton all have in common? Third ways, apparently. Third ways, apparently. In his book bearing the same title, Allan C. Carlson sketches various movements in twentieth century Europe that—based on Christian values, the appreciation of the family, and agrarian forms of life—provided a way out of the false dichotomy between state-dominated socialism and laissez-faire capitalism.
Francis Collins: Deciphering God’s Language or Conquering Abundance?

Francis Collins: Deciphering God’s Language or Conquering Abundance?

October 29, 2009

Stephen Gatlin A review of Francis S. Collins's The Language of God. The reference to the late Paul Feyerabend is clear immediately, and willfully. I speak of a tale of abstraction. God may be an artist, not a scientist at all. The "language" might be an "evil demon". Not a bad thought, even if Descartes is a bad example! First, Francis Collins is a nice guy, a sincere evangelical Christian in thundering contradistinction to his predecessor as the head of the Human Genome Project (HGP), James Watson. Collins is also a fine scientist. Who could not like a guy who rides a motorcycle and plays the guitar? But in The Language of God, Francis Collins is out of his depth.
William H. Sheldon’s Psychology and the Promethean Will: Some Historiographic Observations

William H. Sheldon’s Psychology and the Promethean Will: Some Historiographic Observations

October 29, 2009

Stephen Gatlin A review of William H. Sheldon's Psychology and the Promethean Will. That an oversized reprint of William H. Sheldon’s Psychology and the Promethean Will (1936) should re-surface in this century is both felicitous and perturbing: the former because Sheldon was one of the shrewdest American psychologists of the twentieth century; the latter because his new publisher, Kessinger, deals in, as their advertising trumpets, “rare mystical reprints”. It is not surprising on one level that any effort on the part of a psychologist and medical doctor to be genuinely holistic—to integrate, in this instance, religion, medicine, and psychology after the fashion of William James—should meet with such a fate.
Jesus, the Libertarian

Jesus, the Libertarian

October 20, 2009

Joseph David Price A review of Eric D. Schansberg's Turn Neither to the Right nor to the Left. Whether America is a Christian nation is the question. Your answer may decide your politics. Quotes and conjectures about the view of the Founding Fathers abound, usually used to bolster the image of America as a Christian nation. Yet certain statements, particularly from those Founding Fathers whose life and work seems to be antagonistic to organized religion, are employed by the opponents of Christian America in order to refute its provenance.

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