Thursday Links: Catching Up

Greetings. I hope your week has been pleasant. We’ve got just a couple links for you this week, plus some that fell through the cracks of last week’s post. So sit back, and let’s rejoin the conversation.

We closed last week by briefly touching on the issue of Scriptural interpretation, and its role in shaping ideologies. It’s a major deal, after all — interpretation and education are how we see most of the world, Scripture included. Changing the mode of interpretation can change everything.

Consider, for example, Kathy Witterick and David Stocker’s decision to raise their child to be genderless. Not only is their choice a mark of how they interpret gender and self-hood, and raising the issue of interpretation for the child hirself in the future, but even the decision itself has been interpreted and reinterpreted by others. More recently, Witterick herself has responded to criticism in a letter addressed directly to the public. It is more than worth a read.

Time will show what happens to baby Storm, just as it tests other forms of education. Even adults respond to teaching methods differently — though, as this blog post points out, the church is guilty of neglecting to prove its education methods, resulting in a failure of discipleship. But no wonder, when adult education in general isn’t exactly in good shape. In the contemporary socioeconomic climate, colleges are struggling to provide students education with limited resources. Pajamas Media reports one suggestion: try getting faculty to teach more. Who knows? That might even work.

On a final note for this week, over at the New York Times Jonathan Franzen posted this op-ed about loving in today’s technosocial reality, the world of the Facebook “Like This.” I’ll leave you with an excerpt:

There is no such thing as a person whose real self you like every particle of. This is why a world of liking is ultimately a lie. But there is such a thing as a person whose real self you love every particle of. And this is why love is such an existential threat to the techno-consumerist order: it exposes the lie.

    • Kristen Girard
    • June 2nd, 2011

    I skimmed that article you quoted.
    Great title: “Liking Is for Cowards. Go for What Hurts.”

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