Combing the Net – 5/13/2012

Same-Sex Marriage Makes a Lot of Sense — Michael Horton’s explanation for why gay marriage seems so sensible to much of society is a good addition to the roundup of articles I posted the other day.

British WWII Fighter Found in Egyptian Desert — An RAF plane that went down in Northern Africa in 1942 has been found nearly perfectly preserved. No sign of the pilot… who probably didn’t last long all alone in the Sahara.

In Case of Emergency, Eat This Book — Though it probably wouldn’t have helped that British pilot much, this edible desert survival guide sounds like a pretty neat idea to go in cars sold in the U.A.E.

The Hunger Games: Amusing Ourselves at Their Deaths — This reviewer of The Hunger Games (see my review) draws a connection between Suzanne Collins’ books and two other dystopian visions, saying that Panem is a world which combines elements of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s 1984.

A Classical Christian School Reading List: Grades 1-3 — One thing that has impressed me the most in my time spent on the board for Highland Rim Academy has been the reading lists. Here is a sample reading list for one school’s younger grades. I hope to soon be able to provide a similar list for HRA. On a related note, Bradley Green’s excellent book The Gospel and the Mind (my review) is on sale for the Kindle at a mere $2.51! Green is the founder of a Classical Christian School in Jackson, TN, and an advocate for classical education.

Which gods do schools serve? — Selected quotes from Neil Postman’s book The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School, which speaks to the ultimate purpose of education.

. . . public education does not serve a public. It creates a public. And in creating the right kind of public, the schools contribute toward strengthening the American Creed. That is how Jefferson understood it, how Horace Mann understood it, how John Dewey understood it. And, in fact, there is no other way to understand it. The question is not, Does or doesn’t public schooling create a public? The question is, What kind of public does it create? A conglomerate of self-indulgent consumers? Angry, soulless, directionless masses? Indifferent, confused citizens? Or a public imbued with confidence, a sense of purpose, a respect for learning, and tolerance?

Here are two of my favorite pastor/theologians — R.C. Sproul & Alistair Begg — answering the question “Why don’t Christians care that they sin?”

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