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Read In Case Of Emergency
A weekly newsletter on ethics, policy & society
  • Anabaptist Technology – John Rhodes, Plough – What would our relationship with technology look like if we were willing to honestly evaluate whether a given innovation was truly healthy for our lives and our families? This look at a church-run toy manufacturer's discussion about whether to abandon email offers some useful criteria for evaluating appropriate technology.

  • Loose Strands – Nanjala Nyabola, Disengno – Global dependence on disposable plastic has become an addiction, and tossing bags and bottles in a blue bin merely enables modern complacency. Much of the waste ends up in Madagascar, where some people are searching for fascinating new ways to re-appropriate the unrecyclable.

  • Guide Us Home: A Review of On the Road with Saint Augustine – Zachary Holbrook, Mere Orthodoxy – A different modern addiction is the narrative of the road, the self-made hero's search for selfhood that has turned so many (as Joni Mitchell sang) into prisoners of the white lines of the freeway. James K.A. Smith's new book sees the fifth-century North African bishop Augustine as an unlikely but essential guide to finding more than just ourselves.

  • Following in the Footsteps of Sophie Scholl’s Misfit Messiah – Joshua Heavin, Christ & Pop Culture – The courageous integrity of Sophie Scholl offers another guide for perseverance under institutions of evil. Joshua Heavin's exploration of her story points us toward the Messiah who was crucified, reframing what it means to be human in the face of dehumanization.
  • Granola – It's been a little while since we promoted another newsletter, but Gracy Olmstead's first-of-the-month gathering of links, recipes, and other miscellany is consistently a good collection. The newest issue (linked here) includes a great opening essay by Jake Meador, and recommendations from a wide group of people.

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