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Soulitude: Facing the Monsters of Leadership

October is here. And with it movies where every character’s choices are questioned and grown adults scream at screens for someone “Not to go in there!” or “Don’t split up, dummies!” Interestingly enough, one of the most common themes of the horror genre is what’s called the “sneaky departure.” In this oft-used trope…

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Vampire Forensics

Vampire Forensics: Uncovering the Origins of an Enduring Legend by Mark Collins Jenkins (Washington D.C.: National Geographic Books, 2010) A quick glance at the movie theaters and the offerings of cable TV tell us that the subject of vampirism is a current rage. Where did the idea of a vampire arise? More to…

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What If Happiness Actually IS the Truth?

“Clap along if you think that happiness is the truth.” –Pharrell Williams in the song “Happy,” the #1 song of 2014. [1] — Let’s do a little thought experiment. Imagine you could ask the typical American what their goal in life was and you received this ubiquitous, though thoroughly honest, answer: “I just…

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There’s No Such Thing as Spiritual Formation Without the Church: A Review of Richard Valantasis’ Dazzling Bodies

When I tell my kids to do something and they ask me “why?” my response is so often: “Because I said so!” I know intuitively that what I’m asking my kids to do is good for them, even if I don’t have a systematic explanation ready to give. The same is true of…

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