Month: May 2007

Mars Hill Audio

New from Mars Hill Audio:

Neighborhoods and Community

Over the years, we’ve done several interviews with guests about how the physical structure of neighborhoods encourages the relational reality of community (e.g., Richard Moe, Jeff Speck, Eric Jacobsen, Lilian Calles Barger, etc.). . . . Novelist Orson Scott Card has recently commented on the importance of thinking in very tangible ways about how communities work . . . [Read more on Community]

R. R. Reno Recognizes Philip Rieff’s Work

Professor and MARS HILL AUDIO guest R. R. Reno describes why the late Philip Rieff is one of the most important social theorists and cultural critics of the modern era. In “Philip Rieff’s Charisma,” published on the First Things blog, he attends to one of the sociologist’s later works, Charisma. [Read more on Reno and Reiff]

The Peculiar Insanity of the Contemporary Public Square

Contemporary society considers religion a private matter that individuals practice–or don’t–at their discretion, it does not consider it a legitimate conversation partner for shaping the body politic. In “Religion and the Common Good,” Charles J. Chaput, the archbishop of Denver, explains that the absence of religious discourse in the public square is a consequence of the idea articulated by Nietzsche that God is dead.  [Read more on The Public Square]

The Subtlety of Film Noir

Movies in the genre of film noir portray more than wicked characters in hopeless situations, moving through dimly lit environments. In “Seeking with Groans: The moral universe of film noir,” Thomas Hibbs describes the moral complexity of the genre, which is gaining popularity with critics and movie watchers. [Read more on Film Noir]

The Gospel Coalition Launches in May

In an effort to more clearly set forth an evangelical statement on the Gospel and Culture, a historic conference to launch the Gospel Coalition will be held at Trinity Divinity school on May 23-24.

According to Mark Driscol, the Gospel Coalition is “centered on a new evangelical reformed confession of faith drafted up by Dr. Carson with a preamble composed by Dr. Keller regarding the role of the gospel and church in culture. The hope is to redefine a clear center for evangelicalism more akin to that previously articulated by men such as Francis Schaeffer, John Stott, and Billy Graham. See conference details…

Top Road Rage Cities

Based on a survey of 2,500 drivers across 25 metro areas, Autovantage released a study ranking the top cities for road rage. 

Least Courteous (with the most road rage):

1. Miami, FL
2. New York, NY
3. Boston, MA
4. Los Angeles, CA
5. Washington, DC

Most Courteous (with the least road rage):
1. Portland, OR
2. Pittsburgh, PA
3. Seattle, WA
4. St. Louis, MO
5. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

Check out the full list of 25 cities.   HT: RF