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For Thanksgiving Day 2012

Two Casualties of the Modern World: Poetry and Memorization

Hunter Baker

It is interesting to read about education in the 19th century.  One encounters a former emphasis on memorization and recitation.  I suppose that method is considered inadequate now and we have moved well past it.  

I can’t help but think, though, that it is a loss that children no longer know what it means to embed bits of verse and wisdom into one’s mind.  The title and substance of Rudyard Kipling’s The Gods of the Copybook Headings (“The wages of sin is death.” and “If you don’t work, you die.”) makes little sense to a modern person because no one copies and memorizes pithy statements any more.  

Though I am in my early 40’s, I, too, am part of the more modern set which possesses very little memorized material.  For that reason, I find myself somewhat awed and wistful when I see what a person like my father…

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Christianity & politics – it can often be a very confusing subject. Well-intentioned and even well-informed believers at times come to very different conclusions when it comes to politics.  How are we to understand and approach this important issue?

Here are some online resources that you may find helpful in the midst of this current political season:

Al Mohler recently wrote a blog post about the upcoming U.S. Presidential election.  He states that this particular election represents a conflict of “two very different worldviews and visions.”  How you vote in this election reveals your worldview.  It is often stated that there is not a dime’s worth of difference between Democrats and Republicans.  Mohler shows how that is not the case in this election (and has not really been the case since the late 1960’s).   You can read the whole thing here.

R.C. Sproul discusses the biblical view of…

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