1. Sarah Moon dispels the myth that American women have it "so good." Excerpt:
Now, I have privilege. There are things that I do have “so good,” as a white, able-bodied, heterosexual American born into a middle-class family. I am not denying that. I am also not excusing or dismissing the abuse that goes on in other countries.
It’s happening here too. We Americans are not great saviors who have got it all together. Who have achieved a state of egalitarian nirvana and now can exercise the right to judge the temporal position of other countries (“They’re so backward OVER THERE.” “THAT country is stuck in the Middle Ages”)
2. Speaking of feminism, Suzannah Paul of the Smitten Word dispels myths about feminism.
3. Recent studies show that prayer and meditation stimulates the frontal lobes and language area in the brain. What's interesting is the same study shows that atheists don't show as much brain activity while thinking about God.
4. Biblical scholar and sci-fi geek James F. McGrath explores the religious allusions in the movie Prometheus.
5. And finally, Faith Forward interviews one of my favorite biblical scholars, Marcus Borg. Excerpt:
But to put it positively now, progressive Christianity takes very seriously that Christianity is about a two-fold transformation of ourselves as individuals, and of the humanly-created world which has most often been a world of domination, injustice and violence – not meaning primarily criminal violence – but the violence of warfare and so forth. So, progressive Christianity is passionate about transformation in the here and now, even as we recognize that that transformation is also long term, and not something that a generation can accomplish.During the writing of In Praise of the Doubting Thomas, I re-read a lot of Borg's stuff, and he helped me sort things out.