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The Anthropology of Lady Gaga and Ethics

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Last week I began to examine the anthropology (understanding of human beings) in the recent hit song of Lady Gaga, “Born This Way.” I began by presenting the lyrics and main ideas of the song. Then I commented on whether […]

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In the News: Younger People Not Reading Blogs

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The New York Times recently ran an article called “Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter.”  Here’s the core of the article: Blogs were once the outlet of choice for people who wanted to express themselves online. […]

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The Controversial Anthropology of Lady Gaga Examined

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Yesterday, I introduced the controversial anthropology of Lady Gaga as found in her hit single, “Born This Way.” In a nutshell, her anthropology (understanding of humanity) is embedded in her title. Whatever I am, I was born this way. My […]

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The Controversial Anthropology of Lady Gaga

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Yes, rock star Lady Gaga has an anthropology. No, I don’t mean that she’s been digging around in the dirt, looking for remnants of ancient societies, or studying tribes in far away jungles. I’m not implying that Lady Gaga is […]

NIMBYitis Alert: Not In My Back Yard!

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Most Americans want things to get better in our nation. We want the economy to flourish. We want the government to be solvent. We want affordable, excellent medical care. We want clean energy. We want all of these things . […]

The Social Network, The King’s Speech, and the “Homosexuality” of King David

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Yes, there is a connection between these three topics. The connection is friendship. Please allow me to explain. The Social Network, which recently won the Golden Globe award for the Best Motion Picture (Drama), tells the story of the founding […]

More from the Patheos Series on the Future of Evangelicalism

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Check out this impressive collection of opinions related to the future of evangelicalism. The focus of this particular conversation is “Transforming Culture.”  Participants include: William Lane Craig and Paul Copan: “Trajectories in Philosophy and Apologetics”Andy Crouch: “To Let Christ Live […]

Is True Friendship Dying Away?

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This is the title of a USA Today opinion piece in today’s edition. The author, Mark Vernon, has recently published The Meaning of Friendship. Here are some excerpts from his article: Indeed, we might feel as if we are suddenly […]

Flagrant Disobedience . . . Why?

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Every time I fly on a plane these days, I marvel at the flagrant disobedience of my fellow passengers. For some reason I don’t quite understand, many air travelers seem to think that they are somehow exempt from following the […]

The LeBron James & Dan Gilbert Saga Gets Even More Interesting

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First, LeBron James made a very public, televised decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and join the Miami Heat. He did not inform the Cavaliers of his decision before it was televised to the waiting world. Then, Dan Gilbert, owner […]

The National Day of Prayer Controversy: WWJT? (What Would Jesus Think?)

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What would Jesus think about the National Day of Prayer? Jon Meacham, editor of Newsweek, thinks he knows. But is he right? WWJT? Last Friday I began to comment on the upcoming National Day of Prayer. It’s slated for this […]

“Last Tech” . . . My How Things Change!

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On a recent Southwest airlines flight, I read a fascinating article in Spirit, the official airline magazine. “Last Tech” by Lauren Parajon (March 2010, pp. 82-92) chronicled some recent technological changes. Some of these were familiar; some were surprising. You […]

NY Times: “Microsoft’s Creative Destruction”

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Last Thursday I read a striking op-ed piece in the New York Times.  It was written by Dick Brass, a former VP for Microsoft. Brass argues that Microsoft has become a place where genuine innovation is discouraged. Here are a […]

Something to think about . . . .

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I read an AP story this morning by Ted Anthony: “Quake Relief: The culture of now v. the real world.”  Anthony’s point is that there is a gap between people’s expectations for how quickly help shold come to the Haitian […]

On Snacking and Parenting

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I read a provocative piece in the New York Times today, “Snack Time Never Ends,” by Jennifer Steinhauer. Her basic observation (and gripe) has to do with the omnipresence of snacks for children. Here are a some excerpts: Not a […]

The Office, the Wedding, and the Power of the Internet

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Warning: The Office spoilers ahead. If you have doubted the power of the Internet to impact culture, consider last week’s big event on The Office.  After seasons of waiting, Pam and Jim finally got married. The “Niagara” episode offered its […]

The Honor System at DFW

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Note: I’ll get back to my Thin Places series soon. Sorry for the delay. On a recent trip through the Dallas Fort Worth airport, I was surprised that they’re selling copies of USA Today on the honor system. The copies […]

“No God” Bus Signs

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The British Humanist Association is now putting advertisements on buses. They read: “THERE’S PROBABLY NO GOD. NOW STOP WORRYING AND ENJOY YOUR LIFE.” I’m not surprised that some British atheists believe there’s probably no God, or even that they’re willing […]

Zombie Shoppers

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Are shoppers turning into zombies? Yes, they are, ccording to John Morris, a Wachovia retailing analyst. “You walk the mall, and consumers look like zombies. They’re there in person, but not in spirit.” Why zombie shopping? Because of the nation’s […]

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? Conclusions
In this series on the death of Jesus, I have presented four different perspectives on why Jesus had to die: Roman, Jewish, Jesus’, and Early Christian. I believe that each of these points of view has merit, and that we cannot fully understand the necessity of Jesus’ death without taking them all

posted 2:47:39am Apr. 11, 2011 | read full post »

Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling
Can We Find God in the City? Psalm 48:1-14 Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem. Walk around and count the many towers. Take note of the fortified walls, and tour all the citadels, that you may describe them to future generations. For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever,

posted 2:05:51am Apr. 10, 2011 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 3
An Act and Symbol of Love Perhaps one of the most startling of the early Christian interpretations of the cross was that it was all about love. It’s easy in our day, when crosses are religious symbols, attractive ornaments, and trendy jewelry to associate the cross with love. But, in the first

posted 2:41:47am Apr. 08, 2011 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
The Means of Reconciliation In my last post, I examined one of the very earliest Christian statements of the purpose of Jesus’ death. According to the tradition encapsulated in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus died “for our sins in accordance with the scriptures” (15:3). Yet this text doesn’t expl

posted 2:30:03am Apr. 07, 2011 | read full post »

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