Links roundup, 3.5

A new book, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, has some unwelcome revelations. This review covers some of them.

A sad and startling photoessay on the ruin of the majestic city that was once Detroit. (click the arrows (>) to advance through pictures).

Flannery O’Connor on the banning of books.

Eucharist in the hand or on the tongue? The issue is considered here.

The pace of change in the digital age, illustrated (not surprisingly) through a youtube video. One of the many fascinating statistics: All of the top 10 “in demand” jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004. What is a college student to do to train for a job market that is changing so quickly? Study the classical liberal arts – you will learn how to think, read, and communicate. Those skills are always malleable and valuable.

I read an article the other day your font type and size choices have can have a surprisingly large environmental impact. The suggested fonts: Times New Roman and Century Gothic (both are more efficient than Arial).

Kissling (a pro-choice “Catholic”) writes in the Washington Post that the pro-choice movement is stuck in a time warp, having barely changed their approach since the 1970s. He discusses how this has led to a serious erosion of the “pro-choice” brand. Austin Ruse then chimes in on Kissling’s compromise position here.

Archbishop Dolan of NY on some unpleasant truths with abortion (nearly 60% of African-American pregnancies in NYC end in abortion) and the billboard bringing this to attention that New Yorkers refused to see.

Weigel seeks to clarify the moral principle of double-effect with respect to abortion.

Prof Feser chimes in on the LiveAction – Planned Parenthood debate (was it moral for them to lie to out atrocious PP practices?). My view pretty much falls in line with Feser’s. Lying is always wrong, one cannot do evil to bring about good. But I have a hard time getting that exercised over it in this case.

Is Facebook killing churches?

Some Lent FAQs answered here.

This year my wife and I are going to watch a religious film each week of Lent. Our film rotation: Wk 1 – Into Great Silence, Wk 2 – The Face: Jesus in Art, Wk 3 – Diary of a Country Priest, Wk 4 – Flowers of St Francis (Rossellini), Wk 5 – The Passion of Joan of Arc, Wk 6 -The Miracle Worker. I have seen some of these, not others. But all have come recommended from friends.

About Kleiner

Associate Vice Provost and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy as well as Catholic thought, all of which might be summed up as an interest in the ressourcement tradition (returning in order to make progress). I also enjoy spending time thinking about liberal education and its ends.
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