Combing the Net – 6/22/2012

Why Women Still Can’t Have It All — A long but worthwhile article by Anne-Marie Slaughter, who left a high-powered “foreign policy dream job” on Hilary Clinton’s staff in order to be able to spend more time with her children. She calls for women to have a more nuanced and realistic idea of what it means to “have it all” in the first place. (HT: Anne Thurmond on Facebook)

Women of my generation have clung to the feminist credo we were raised with, even as our ranks have been steadily thinned by unresolvable tensions between family and career, because we are determined not to drop the flag for the next generation. But when many members of the younger generation have stopped listening, on the grounds that glibly repeating “you can have it all” is simply airbrushing reality, it is time to talk.

I still strongly believe that women can “have it all” (and that men can too). I believe that we can “have it all at the same time.” But not today, not with the way America’s economy and society are currently structured

How Your View of God Shapes Your View of the Economy — This is a fascinating sociological study which surveyed Americans to find correlations between theological beliefs and economic beliefs. I have no doubt that there is a strong correlation (theology absolutely affects everything in our lives!), but I’m not sure the researcher understands why there is a correlation. For instance, he writes: “Because evangelicals assert that you alone are responsible for your eternal salvation, it makes sense that the individual is also responsible for his or her economic salvation without government assistance, especially if God is the only assistance you really need.” While many professing believers do believe that are “alone” responsible for their eternal salvation, this is certainly not the belief of all, or even most, evangelicals. My free market convictions are absolutely tied to my religious convictions, but for very different (and almost opposite) reasons.

Is Barack Obama a Christian? — Owen Strachen excerpts two articles from Christianity Today which address this question; one writer arguing affirmatively, the other (Strachen) concluding that the President is not an orthodox Christian but a proponent of theological Liberalism… which as J. Gresham Machen made clear, is something else entirely.

Why does your food look different in advertising than what is in the store?” A McDonald’s marketing director gives a very helpful answer to this question. (HT: Challies)

4 comments on “Combing the Net – 6/22/2012

  1. Southern Baptist should examine their Christianity instead of Obama’s. He is trying to help the poor people.

  2. Why leave a reply for you to censer anything you don’t agree with?

    • John Gardner says:

      For the record, I almost never censor (which is the proper spelling of the word, unless you feel I am burning silly comments, in which case I suppose a censer could work) comments on this blog, though I do moderate them to filter out spam… thus the delay in the appearance of comments after you make them. Pretty typical on just about every blog I know.

  3. jasoncohoon says:

    I usually refuse to jump on the bandwagon against Obama (just because I hate bandwagons), but if Obama really is trying to help the poor he is doing a very poor job of it. Look at facts and results, not just what the man says.

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