10 Ways Many of Our Leaders are Out of Sync with Americans

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by Shanna Babilonia   In order to grow, we must change. All things, including people, nature, and even countries that choose not to change will inevitably suffer the results of their own inaction. Growth is a normal and necessary part of every spectrum of life and without growth, things cease to function. In our country, […]

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Chapters 7-8

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“Aslan wants to hurt people, but only to save them when they’re yucky.” “What do you think about that?” “Oh, um, well, it makes him seem bad, but he’s really good.” “Would you want Aslan’s help if you were a dragon?” “No, but I’d need it, right? Or he’d maybe hurt me worse. It IS […]

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Do Nice Guys Still Finish Last?

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by Teresa Roberts Where did the idea that nice guys finish last come from in the first place? Was it a business model that promoted a ruthless strategy to nail a deal? Did movies that romanticized the good girl being swept off her feet by the bad boy encourage this notion? Is it about how […]

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Chapters 5-6

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“Lucy never complains. Is that because she’s a girl?” “What do you think?” “Well, not in real life, but I meant is it because she’s a girl in Narnia where they have rules for what they should feel?” “If so, that makes me sad.” Lucy so unrealistically loves everything about this book experience that it’s […]

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The Amazing Barbara G. Walker

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Fairly late in my quest to learn more about early religious beliefs as well as the Judeo-Christian tradition, I stumbled upon the works of Barbara G. Walker. I am writing this post so that you are aware of her work should you decide to study this subject in more depth. Her early attempts to understand […]

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – Chapters 2-4

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Reading with Little Bit: A Critical Look at The Chronicles of Narnia Guest Post by Alexis Record “This is sooooooooooooo boring. Why is sailing so boring? You’d think it’d be fun!” “This was my complaint as a kid, but if we suffer through then there are dragons later.” “There’d better be. When do we get […]

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The Tree – From Symbol of Life to Symbol of Death

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When one culture tries to supplant another, it often takes key elements that signify something positive in the first culture and turns them into something negative. It is a way of using stories to fight a battle, to win one for your tribe. Mythologies also are not created out of whole cloth. Tales that have […]

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Chapter 1

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Reading with Little Bit: A Critical Look at The Chronicles of Narnia   “So Eustace is born evil even though his parents are good?” “Oh sweetie, the book is trying to describe bad parents.” “What?! How?” The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the third instillation in the Narnia series. For those at home, we’re […]

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Religion in World History Textbooks

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Some aspects of culture are readily apparent to everyone: we live in different countries, we speak different languages, we wear different clothes, we eat different foods, etc. However, culture also reproduces itself by means that are much less apparent, but just as powerful. Ron and Scollon and Suzanne B. K. Scollon wrote a fascinating paper […]

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Women’s Blood: From Sacred to Shame

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On August 21, 2017, I stood in my backyard in Silverton, Oregon and watched the total eclipse of the sun. Millions of people, just in the United States, travelled to somewhere on the path of the eclipse to witness this extraordinary event. A very young girl interviewed on the news explained precisely what caused the […]

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