This morning's roundup includes some fascinating stuff:
- history from JFK & the Cuban Missile Crisis,
- a live make of The Simpsons opening,
- a feminist album called Free To Be... You and Me that shaped my childhood,
- Kathy Keller reviews Rachel Held Evans book on biblical womanhood,
- Darrin Patrick talk about racial reconciliation.
This was a fascinating article if you are a history buff. I was taught (as you probably were) that World War 1 was caused by a series of unintended escalations leading to global war. Well, that belief may have prevented President Kennedy from going to war over the Cuban Missile Crisis, but it turns out it was wrong.
To Kennedy, the lesson was clear: Great powers could accidentally slide into war if their leaders were inattentive to the dangers ahead of them, and it was his job to prevent that from happening. "I am not going to follow a course which will allow anyone to write a comparable book about this time [called] 'The Missiles of October'," Kennedy told his brother Bobby during the crisis. He wanted to "send a copy of that book to every Navy officer," he said. JFK made his aides read "The Guns of August" and had copies distributed to every US military base in the world. Quite possibly, Kennedy's careful reading of the book helped prevent a nuclear war...
Kennedy, in other words, pulled the world back from the brink on the basis of a book that misread history. The story of the missile crisis has long been seen as an example of the wise use of history in making decisions. But it also raises a question: If a leader can come to the right decision for the wrong reason, what purpose is history actually serving?
OK, I have occasionally snuck a peak at The Simpsons. ;-)
It's a bit of a cultural phenomenon. So, when someone makes a real-life video of a cartoon, it is worth sharing. D'oh!
As a child, I was not allowed to watch The Flintstones, due to my mother's belief that it was misogynistic and simply reinforced stereotypes. Instead, my mother bought my my first album from the Ms. Foundation-- and I remember every song and can sing some all the way through by memory. The album: Free To Be... You and Me.
Well, Slate Magazine has a fascinating look back at the album on its 40th anniversary. The album was a significant cultural milestone and worth understanding, though the article will certainly have parts with which I disagree (and some language in the comments that you may not want to read), but I think it is just fascinating. If you grew up in church, my guess is that you might not have heard of this album, but I sure did.
But of course part of the point of Free To Be was making radical feminist beliefs palatable to a broad audience that might otherwise reject them. "It was second-wave feminism that went mainstream," Rotskoff says. "It was packed with telegenic celebrities. It was performed by famous people. And the messages were both revolutionary and accessible enough for a mainstream audience."
Rachel Held Evans has been in the media quite a bit lately, promoting her new book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood. Based on the sales, her promotion seems to be going well. The book officially releases today, and the interwebs will be talking about Kathy Keller's new review. Kathy, who co-authored a helpful book on marriage with Tim Keller, reviewed the book for The Gospel Coalition. Kathy writes her review from a evangelical perspective, particularly focusing on the hermeneutics, explaining:
Evans wants to show that everyone who tries to follow biblical norms does so selectively--"cherry picking" some parts and passing over others. She also says she wants to open a fresh, honest dialogue about biblical interpretation, that is, how to do it rightly and well...
The best way to accomplish both of your goals would have been to attempt to live by all the commandments the Bible genuinely addresses to Christian women, while discussing the rules of responsible interpretation along the way. I would have been glad to read a book like that, whether I agreed with its conclusions or not. However, that is not the book you wrote. Instead, you began your project by ignoring (actually, by pretending you did not know about) the most basic rules of hermeneutics and biblical interpretation that have been agreed upon for centuries...
As a woman also engaged in trying to understand the Bible as it relates to gender, I had hoped for better.
An update from The Exchange.
From a recent episode of The Exchange, Darrin Patrick discusses racial reconciliation and church planting. You can see the full episode here.
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