Columns on Culture and Media

Selective Memory of Religion in History Books | Roger Olson, History, Education
Selective Memory of Religion in History Books
By: Roger Olson
History is always written and taught from some point of view; no truly objective account exists. When religious figures' accomplishments are glossed over, we have an incomplete view of history. Read More ...
Roger Olson

What You Can Do When There's Nothing You Can Do | Sam Chaise, Lament
What You Can Do When There's Nothing You Can Do
By: Sam Chaise
When news overwhelms you, you can have several reactions. You can avoid it, feel defeated by it or obsess over it. But when there's nothing you can do, you can lament. Read More ...
Sam Chaise

How 1,000 Paper Cranes Remind You to Seek Peace | Leroy Seat, Hiroshima, Peacemaking, Sadako Sasaki, Origami
How 1,000 Paper Cranes Remind You to Seek Peace
By: Leroy Seat
A monument in Hiroshima commemorates 12-year-old Sadako Sasaki, who died a decade after the atomic bomb was dropped. Today, many remember her every Aug. 6 through a tradition of folding paper cranes. Read More ...
Leroy Seat

When Tragedies Hit, Numbers Don't Tell Whole Story | Nick Lear, Violence, Grief
When Tragedies Hit, Numbers Don't Tell Whole Story
By: Nick Lear
Tragic events are often measured in the number of deaths and injuries. Sadly, there's been a lot to count in the news. Those numbers, however, only reveal part of the story. Read More ...
Nick Lear

5 Lessons Learned from Taking a Tech Sabbath | Elizabeth Evans Hagan, Technology, Sabbath
5 Lessons Learned from Taking a Tech Sabbath
By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
Do you check your social media apps first thing when you wake and last thing when you go to bed? You may need a tech Sabbath. Here are 5 lessons learned from being unplugged. Read More ...
Elizabeth Evans Hagan

Resisting the Cultural Urge to Buy, Buy, Buy | Nick Lear, Consumerism, Conservation
Resisting the Cultural Urge to Buy, Buy, Buy
By: Nick Lear
If we have the resources, the ubiquitous advertisements of our consumer culture urge and entice us to spend it on newer versions of what we already have. How do we resist the urge? Read More ...
Nick Lear

Individual, Church Initiatives Can Change Climate Trends | Zach Dawes, Climate Change, Environment, Creation Care
Individual, Church Initiatives Can Change Climate Trends
By: Zach Dawes
Previous climate-change studies have said temperature increases are nearly inevitable, but a U.N. report suggests there's hope. Can individuals and churches make a difference? Read More ...
Zach Dawes

What Has Happened to All the Cults? | Philip Jenkins, Cults, Religious Extremists, Secularization
What Has Happened to All the Cults?
By: Philip Jenkins
Public concern over religious cults has sharply declined in recent years. The secularization of our society may play a role in these cults becoming more scarce. That may be a mixed blessing. Read More ...
Philip Jenkins

A Look Back at EthicsDaily's History of Quality Faith Content | Cliff Vaughn, Documentary, Soul of the South
A Look Back at EthicsDaily's History of Quality Faith Content
By: Cliff Vaughn
As EthicsDaily.com steps up our efforts to make our faith-based content available on TV, it's helpful to look back at how we reached this point, starting with an HD video camera in 2003. Read More ...
Cliff Vaughn

The Pros and Cons of Genetically Modified Foods | Zach Dawes, Genetically Modified Food, Genetic Engineering
The Pros and Cons of Genetically Modified Foods
By: Zach Dawes
The debate rages over genetically modified foods. The way forward for Christians is to read the research on both sides of the argument and turn to the biblical witness to reflect on the data. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

Which Way Does Your Ethical Thinking Point? | Colin Harris, Evaluating, Judging, Compassion
Which Way Does Your Ethical Thinking Point?
By: Colin Harris
Does your ethical thinking pull you toward responding to others with compassion? Or does it seek the other end of the spectrum, which focuses on validating your positions? Read More ...
Colin Harris

Will This Election Season Mark Another Turning Point? | Colin Harris, Turning Points, Reconciliation, Racism, Civil Rights
Will This Election Season Mark Another Turning Point?
By: Colin Harris
The images of brutality against civil rights activists in the 1960s led to a turning point in our history. Perhaps this election season with its expected assault of brutal attack ads will mark another turning point. Read More ...
Colin Harris

3 Reasons You Need to Fast from Technology | Thomas Kidd, Technology, Fasting, Social Media
3 Reasons You Need to Fast from Technology
By: Thomas Kidd
While fasting is an ancient practice, you can give it a modern application by taking a fast from technology. Here's how you can benefit by taking a break from the constant electronic distractions. Read More ...
Thomas Kidd

When You See the Need, You're Moved to Help | Steve Davis, Compassion, Vision
When You See the Need, You're Moved to Help
By: Steve Davis
What we see affects us a great deal. When we don't allow ourselves to see people in need, we aren't going to be moved to help. One of the nation's top jockeys, Victor Espinoza, knows this. Read More ...
Steve Davis

Making a Difference in the Lives of At-Risk Students | Trevor Barton, Education, Discipleship, Humanity, Children
Making a Difference in the Lives of At-Risk Students
By: Trevor Barton
How do we help the countless at-risk children in our schools? We can begin by seeing them not as problems to be pushed into the corners, but as people to be welcomed into our hearts. Read More ...
Trevor Barton

Treating People Like People: A Review of "Through the Door" | Mary Adkins, Through the Door, Prison Reform, Prison Ministry, Recidivism, Criminal Justice
Treating People Like People: A Review of "Through the Door"
By: Mary Adkins
Unless you're prepared to become engaged in the prison community, "Through the Door" is a documentary you probably shouldn't view because you'll be eager to join those in the film who are doing just that. Read More ...
Mary Adkins

When Opposing Sides Find Middle Ground, We All Win | Bob Newell, Dreams, Innovation, Common Good, Collaboration
When Opposing Sides Find Middle Ground, We All Win
By: Bob Newell
An engineer's crazy idea in the 1800s, an underwater tunnel linking France and England, became reality nearly 200 years later. Can we connect with those with whom we disagree and meet in the middle? Read More ...
Bob Newell

Getting Rich on Human Suffering | Larry Eubanks, Usury, Payday Lending
Getting Rich on Human Suffering
By: Larry Eubanks
Anyone in any industry who seeks to get rich, sometimes excessively so, by taking advantage of human suffering may gain wealth, but only at the expense of their humanity. Read More ...
Larry Eubanks