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100 Posts!

I thought I had already reached this mark, but apparently some of my older posts from this summer did not get on the blog. But I have been told that the last post was #100!

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Commenting on a recent article from a related organization…

Read the blog post.  The idea of Christian hipsters is approaching about ten years in age, and I will say that a large amount of those I went to undergrad with would fit this label.  I would say that these types derive this identity from a desire to be a part of a strong organization.  That is why the article suggests that young Christians are moving toward the Catholic tradition.

This is an obvious reaction for those who have been presented with the history of Christian thought and wonder why their tradition is not represented in the literature.  If I am reading Augustine, and finding that I mainly agree with him, why not become a Catholic?  I would suggest that most young Christians do not have a good idea about what it means to be a part of the Christian tradition – after all, this is not the most popular material for Sunday morning classes.

Young Christians should spend more time reading their Bible (I think all Christians would agree), but also they should consider the heavy questions of life from this Christian perspective.  Whether it is economics, social justice, morality, or whatever, most Christians will be surprised that God gives guidelines for how to think about these issues.

Of course, actually discussing this topics is a blog post for another day.

Atlas Shrugged: Part I

So, we went to go see Atlas Shrugged: Part I yesterday, and I really liked it.

A few thoughts on the movie: I have not read the book, but I know a little about the story line. The movie does a decent job of following the book, although not exactly. The movie keeps a fast pace that will keep most viewers involved and interested. Of course, the ideals behind the movie are most important, and they come together very strongly. Some might say that the acting was fine or good, but not great. One note I would make on this point is that much of the dialogue flows from the original book, and Rand was a fan of natural speech, how people actually talk to each other. So don’t confuse bad acting for a certain style of writing.

I thought the actors were well choosen, and it will be interesting to see who plays John Galt in Part II.

Everyone should go see this movie.

Kings: Quote of the Day

The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.

Sports Update for the Week: NCAA and MLB

Congrats to the UConn Huskies – this gives me reason to keep picking them for years to come.

And the Rangers have started the baseball season off well; I hope the Red Sox can catch up.

Cabbages: More Projects…

The life of a grad student is never easy. A few more projects this week…mainly Econometrics.

Life in Malibu: Finals

So, living in Malibu and going to Pepperdine is wonderful, but when it comes time to study for finals, it really doesn’t matter where you live – studying is the same.

So good luck to all in studying and preparing projects. It will all be over soon.

Kings: Boys 2 Men

Author Kay Hymowitz spoke to us at lunch today on the topic of boys becoming men in a feminist society. I thought she laid out the problem well, but she did not spend time talking about how we got to where we are or what is likely to come.

Perhaps her book addresses these issues.

The questions I need to ask on this topic are: do these trends change in strong families? Religious families?

We should make our goal to raise both strong men and women, strong families, and strong values.

Sports Fix: NCAA Men’s Final

Quick post, because it is that easy:
UConn will win the men’s and women’s basketball championships

See you tomorrow

Cabbages: Almost done with Super Freakonomics

Almost done with Super Freakonomics – and while I recommend the book, I have to say it is not as good as the first book. It might have appealed to more of a shock crowd.

He explores the basic economic principles in all new interesting places: global climate change, prostitution, terrorism, and more.

The book is still worth reading, but the first book was hard to follow. Any recommendations for my next book to read?