Here are a few articles I’ve found interesting lately:
1. Does pornography use case brain damage? Or, in any case, is there a correlation between porn usage and abnormally low brain activity? Take a look at this. Not that we needed any more motivation to avoid porn.
2. “Tradition is an absolutely essential part of the Christian faith. It is one of the highest authorities we have as a community of Jesus followers.” That’s what Brandon Peterson says in his recent piece “Why We Cannot Give Up Tradition” which serves as a welcome counter to the anti-traditionalism so prevalent in evangelical circles.
3. What is Father’s Day like for boy raised by lesbians? Robert Oscar Lopez knows the experience very well, since this is the situation in which he grew up. Check out his fascinating and insightful reflections about it here.
4. What makes something funny? That’s a timeless and even serious question. Leading theories explain why certain things are funny but can’t explain why other things are not funny. So Peter McGraw, founder of the Humor Research Lab, offers the “benign violation” theory to explain this and provide a unified account of humor. Check it out in this Slate article.