Here’s an obvious truth: I am somewhat ambivalent about religion—and not simply the institutional manifestations, which even a saint could hate, but sometimes, too many times, all of it, the very meat of it, the whole goddamned shebang. Here’s another: I believe that the question of faith—which is ultimately separable from the question of “religion”—is the single most important question that any person asks in and of her life, and that every life is an answer to this question, whether she has addressed it consciously or not.
So observes Christian Wiman in a profound essay on faith, poetry, children, etc. at: The American Scholar: I Will Love You in the Summertime – Christian Wiman
At Religion News Service, historian (and evangelical) John Fea offers some historical and religious analysis of Republican politics of the moment: Why Trump’s rise does not spell the end for the Christian right | Religion News Service
Here in Orange City, some tulips are blooming. Moreover, the Tulip Festival is less than a month away.
So, now is the time to remind ourselves about the bulb. During the Netherlands’ tulip bubble, the Semper Augustus was among the rarest and most valuable: The Most Beautiful Tulip in History Cost as Much as a House | Atlas Obscura
The slaughter of unarmed Canadians in the late 1800s continues to resonate. Steven Butler explains a bit of the past of First Nations and Euro-Canadians in the Great Plains: The Massacre at Frog Lake — What Really Happened | Flashback | OZY
Before presidents were the standard, a variety of American figures could be found on our banknotes.
Source: The Unexpected Individuals Featured on American Currency | Atlas Obscura
At the Chronicle of Higher Education, philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch offers some helpful perspective on the Digital Age here:
It is this combination that makes Google-knowing distinctive: at once seamlessly integrated into individual experience but outsourced and guided by the preferences of others. It is both in and out of our heads. That is what makes it so useful, and also so problematic. The Internet is at one and the same time the most glorious fact-checker and the most effective bias-affirmer ever invented.
For Lynch’s entire piece, see here: Teaching in the Time of Google – The Chronicle of Higher Education
This is not about what you might think given the title. Rather,it is related to digital paywalls and open access. Shadowy digital libraries want to hold all the world’s knowledge and give it away for free.
Source: The Rise of Pirate Libraries | Atlas Obscura