Society and Culture

Raising the Bar: The Pursuit of Excellence

Fall 2014

Raising the Bar

Mark J. Hulme

Three books offer insight into how to better find and practice excellence, and how to avoid those habits and instincts that too often derail our efforts.

Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Summer 2014

Martin Luther King Jr.: A Man With a Dream

Ron Dodgen

Martin Luther King Jr. was not the leader of the civil rights movement, but his voice resonated with a wide variety of listeners, introducing them to the reality of a national injustice. Who was this man, and how did he become such an icon?

A Web of Problems

Summer 2014

A Web of Problems

Dan Cloer

Today, one problem blends in to the next, making the solution to any one problem contingent on solving the others as well.

Seeing the Signs, Discerning the Times

Summer 2014

Seeing the Signs, Discerning the Times

Dan Cloer

For thousands of years, mariners have recognized a red sky in the morning as a signal of bad weather and have taken steps to avert disaster. Are we as adept at seeing the signs of our troubled times for what they portend, and if so, how do we respond?

Words of Hope: The Language of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement

Summer 2014

Words of Hope

Ron Dodgen

Around the world, a number of nations made progress toward racial equality during the 20th century. Fifty years ago, in July 1964, the United States passed its own landmark Civil Rights Act—the result, at least in part, of one eloquent man’s persuasive words and deeds.

The Pursuit of Happiness

Summer 2014

The Pursuit of Happiness

Martin Coates

Happiness is often regarded as a basic human right these days, but does a person’s ability to be happy depend on circumstances, or can we achieve it despite living under trying conditions? Current research confirms ancient wisdom on finding real happiness. 

September 3, 2013

The Porn Plague

David Hulme

A few years ago an article in The Atlantic carried the headline, “Is Pornography Adultery?” As the subhead noted, it may be closer than you think.

Henry Ford the Peoples Tycoon

Fall 2013

Henry Ford: The People’s Tycoon

Michael McKinney

Henry Ford will always be remembered for revolutionizing factory work and, of course, for giving the world the Model T.

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