God Under Attack (Again)

So now Stephen Hawking, the high priest of physics, tells us that God is not necessary to explain the universe’s existence because he and his friends have come up with a theory of “spontaneous creation.” Would it be too cheeky for me to say that we don’t need Hawking’s theory to explain the universe’s existence because we have God?

Here’s yet another attack on business as usual at American universities. This author’s solution: end tenure. The Wall Street Journal reviews the book here.

Universities aren’t the only educational institutions that have lost touch with reality. Spendthrifts in California have blown over half a billion dollars on building a high school. Too bad they can’t afford to put any teachers in it since they’re bankrupt now. Speaking of K-12 costs, earlier this year the Cato Institute published a study that showed the true cost of public schools is substantially higher than the published annual cost-per-pupil numbers because the districts never include the carrying cost of bond issues used to construct the schools.

If you have ever wondered to what degree your state’s economy is dependent on federal money, the Census Bureau publishes figures on per-capita federal spending for each state. There are a couple of problems with this map. First, it does not show how much money flows from the states to D.C. via taxes and fees. Second, it doesn’t distinguish among forms of federal spending (defense contracting, farm subsidies, Social Security payments, etc.). That information would be helpful in determining how well a state could adapt if federal funding and taxation were removed.

It looks like the five-decade-long campaign to turn women into men is bearing fruit.

Clearly this couple is headed for divorce. In the “real” book vs. E-book debate, I have yet to hear anyone make the point that you can’t lend an E-book.

The Call of CthulhuMaybe they’re an acquired taste, but I have to agree with this writer that black-and-white films can do some things that color films just can’t. I recently watched a B&W (and silent!) film version of H.P. Lovecraft’s 1926 story “The Call of Cthulhu” that was made just a few years ago and thought it was fantastic.

When I was a boy, I rode the school bus with a fellow who had sustained a firearm-related head injury and was rather uncharitably dubbed “Bullethead” by the other kids. He had nothing on this guy, though!

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About Dr. J

I am Professor of Humanities at Faulkner University, where I chair the Department of Humanities and direct online M.A. and Ph.D. programs based on the Great Books of Western Civilization. I am also Associate Editor of the Journal of Faith and the Academy and a member of the faculty at Liberty Classroom.
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One Response to God Under Attack (Again)

  1. Preston says:

    This new theory makes me wonder when maggots will spontaneously appear in meat. Wouldn’t that be something new! Also, I think that the impossibility of sharing e-books is a large factor in why publishers push them. They think short-term, thinking they can make more money off of selling books by going this route. Maybe they can, but in the 80s when music was on vinyl and cassette and easily copied and shared among friends the music industry was in better shape. I think there is something short-sighted about this. Making a product more difficult to share does not increase sales, because most people will not buy something exclusively on a friends reccommendation. The rich might do this, but the middle-class wisely wants to make sure they will like the product before they fork over 15 dollars for it. This obviously goes for both books and CDs. I do like the idea to package an e-book with the regular book, as sometimes for the sake of mobility an e-book is nice (you can’t easily carry more than one book on a walk or even on a plane.) But companies need to realize that when they make things harder to share, they are in fact decreasing potential market, not helping anyone, least of all themselves.

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