and Diversity in American Religion (Alan Wolfe)
No aspect of life is considered so important to Americans outside
higher education, yet deemed so unimportant by the majority of those inside,
as religion. The relative indifference to religion in higher education
may be changing, however, as a wide variety of social and intellectual
Trouble With Self-Esteem (Lauren Slater)
There is absolutely no evidence that low self-esteem is particularly
harmful, Emler says. Its not at all a cause of poor
academic performance; people with low self-esteem seem to do just as well
in life as people with high self-esteem. In fact, they may do better,
because they often try harder.
Us: Were So Easy (Fred Reed)
First, people will watch any television rather than no television.
Second, sooner or later they will begin to imitate what they see on the
screen. Third, while you cant fool all of the people all of the
time, you can fool enough of them enough of the time, especially if you
are a lot smarter than they are, and do it patiently, calculatedly, over
time, like water eroding stone. And that is all it takes.
Turn (Roger Kimball)
The most delicious news to emerge from the art world this year 
came in October, courtesy of the BBC. Under the gratifying headline Cleaner
Dumps Hirst Installation, the world read that A cleaner at
a London gallery cleared away an installation by artist Damien Hirst having
mistaken it for rubbish. Emmanuel Asare came across a pile of beer bottles,
coffee cups and overflowing ashtrays and cleared them away at the Eyestorm
Gallery on Wednesday morning. I hope that Mr. Asare was immediately
given a large raise. Someone who can make mistakes like that is an immensely
useful chap to have about.
our religion (Theo Hobson)
It has become unthinkable for a Church leader, or any public figure
who is a Christian, to speak as if the gospel of Jesus Christ is superior
to other creeds; to talk about Christianity as an exceptionally, uniquely
good thing. In public, at least, such talk is taboo. Some of the bishops
might still say this sort of thing in their pulpits; maybe the Blairs
tell their children. But it is not for public hearing.