Thursday Links: Follow-up

It’s the first week of Easter, and we hope your Sunday went well. A lot of this week has been spent in continued contemplation of last week, and so we have a lot of follow-up links today.

In response to Rolling Stone’s “Kill Team” article, the blog Kings of War has an essay exploring the ramifications of their actions — for other soldiers, and for us as civilians.

Continuing our thoughts on economic and social evils, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Dufulo have an extensive article on world hunger, poverty, and just what people do with their money. On the same site, Alanna Shaikh writes about the exposure of Greg Mortenson’s education fraud in Afghanistan.

And if you’ve been thinking about economics, here’s a little post asking if Christianity is compatible with capitalism. While some of its points are obvious — it turns out, surprising no one, that people in a position of privilege see nothing wrong with being privileged — but it’s interesting to see numbers attached to the concepts, and get some idea of how widespread such beliefs are.

And at the intersection of economics and culture, Tech Dirt illumines the hypocrisy of the Motion Picture Association of America’s condemnation of Creative Commons licenses. The MPAA claims to be the guardians of “culture,” but they’ve never been interested in culture which provides them no profit.

In considering our reactions to issues in the world, such as those above, Skye Jethani cautions that the call to “radical Christianity” is not necessarily the correct approach Christians today should have to the gospel. Context is important to the argument, so please read both of the two posts. They are not long.

Until next week, the second week of Easter, may your spirits be blessed, your actions thoughtful, and your contemplations fruitful.

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