We recently received this comment from Scholar:
Erich or Grumpy,
May I please have some more links to the discussions here at dangerous intersections which you have found to be most interesting, *must read*, or highlights in general.
I took Scholar’s request seriously and went back to review many of our posts. I still can’t get over how many topics we’ve addressed in nine months, covering 592 posts!
Rather than call these posts the “best of,” I would merely call them the more memorable posts to me, keeping in mind the triple asterisk that comes with the assembly of this list: 1) I simply didn’t have the time to review each of the posts again. Therefore, this list is only representative, not complete. 2) It is difficult to determine any meaningful criteria on which to base such a list, other than (as I’ve already suggested) the idea that this list includes many of the posts I found memorable. Other people will certainly have different ideas of what posts are worthy 3) Scholar’s request puts me in an awkward spot, given that I write for the blog.
To the extent that I’ve included my own posts, then, it should be with the understanding that I am not trying to judge the writing so much as considering whether the ideas addressed are memorable to me, whether the ideas expressed therein seemed important or whether they moved me. Here’s another way of looking at it: if you want to know what this site is all about, here are some good places to start.
It is so very hard to choose. It’s like asking a parent to choose his or her favorite child. Without further ado, here are my selections:
Reflections on Hotel Rwanda
Why Do They Hate Us?
Why Does a Recently Created World Seem So Old?
My limited vision.
Banking laws for sale
A new age of immaturity
The greatest sin–and virtue–of human memory
God’s attractive nuisance: the Tree of Knowledge
Playing to the terrorists’ strength
Wither Thou Goest…
Sticks, Stones, and Prayer Mats
Proselytes, Proseldarks, Proselmarketers
The Ethics of Morality
Needed Constitutional Amendement: Ban foreign teams from winning the World Series
On Feeling Frustration With My Culture –
Memory and representation, or what is truth?
Do dissenting liberals take the positive aspects of their country for granted?
Hell is Unconstitutional – Boycott Heaven
I Give Homage to God. I am Morally Superior.
What it’s Like to Go to an Evangelical Church
The Seventy Million Children Left Behind War
Be Conscious of Your Unconscious to Set you Free
My life as a sponge.
The importance of pop quizzes
Metaphors everywhere; where is “pure reason”?
The Curse of Fungible Dollars
Good Friday – Good Grief!
Laughing at Not Funny Things and the Limits of Introspection
Star Trek’s Error: Spock’s lack of emotion would have made him irrational
The Two Paths: No Self versus extended Self
Darwin, the roots of words, etc
Just Because . . . .
A Martian anthropologist goes to church
How We Really Think About Religion and Politics: The Power of Metaphors
How we deal with toxic thoughts
The Grinch was much more evil than we thought.
Give us this day our daily endorphins
We must do X because we’ve ALWAYS done X
Why gay people simply must go to hell
When politicians refuse to answer questions, report it.
What does the New Testament actually say about morality?
Curses! Dollars and hours are both fungible.
Noah, FEMA, Media, Resignation
Do unto thyself what thou wouldn’t let others do
Coordinated violence and the frame of “war”
The magnitude and the music make war AOK
Are you a rebel? What is your birth order?
Why you need to be the one to speak up
It makes ECONOMIC sense to invest in disadvantaged children while they are young
God bless us, with material things
Why are there so many synonyms for poop?
The Onion and the transubstantiation
Just say “no” to TV. Do it for your country.
The books of Wal-Mart
How to love going to church: a guide for atheists
Apollo 13, early course corrections and the soul
Moral blinders and the Banality of Evil. What you don’t ponder won’t disturb your conscience.
Does constant exposure to advertising screw up our heads and lives?
When God slaughters innocent babies, He is “good.”
Who changed the Bible and why? Bart Ehrman’s startling answers
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