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In India, comedy doesn’t require imagination. You just wake up, read the news and half your job is done.

Anuvab Pal, “A lifetime of material: a comedian’s guide to the Indian election,” The Guardian (May 22, 2019)

[M]issionaries are actually the greatest catalyst in the development and stability of nations.

Yet not just any missionaries.

Woodberry’s observations only held true for “conversionary Protestants.” That is, missionaries (1) who preached the gospel with the intent of converting others and forming churches, (2) who encouraged everyone to read the Bible in the local language, and (3) who taught that salvation comes by grace through faith.

Doug Ponder, “Are Missionaries Good for the World?” (Nov 8, 2018)

Ponder concludes from Woodberry’s research that making disciples of Jesus Christ is the most effective way to improve the world.

[B]ecause social media companies have a business model that relies on getting users to click, they show us exactly what we want to see — and block what we don’t want to see. To navigate through an overwhelming amount of information, tech companies block out the unfamiliar and uncomfortable, shutting out diversity of thought and confirming our biases. This is both a feature of their algorithms and in their decisions to manually remove or demonetize conservative content.

John Gable, “Tech Companies May Be Stifling Conservative Speech. Can They Change?” AllSides (Sep 25, 2018)

All of a sudden, we are surrounded by myth. As parable-based religion has receded from the public square, heroic myth, and the competitive virtues it celebrates, has rushed in to fill the space. …

[Myths] tend to see the line between good and evil as running between groups, not, as in parable, down the middle of every human heart.

David Brooks, “The Fourth Great Awakening,” The New York Times (Jun 20, 2018)