The gauntlet laid by Tim Keller’s Generous Justice

So having been motivated by the biblical appeal to action in Keller's Generous Justice (see previous post), what's the difference? It would hardly be right to leave us as armchair activists with an impetus to think but not act. The…

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Bernard Lewis’ What Went Wrong: Reflections on Islam & The West (1)

I'd not really appreciated before quite how controversial Bernard Lewis (left) is seen in some circles (perhaps especially because he was regularly consulted by the Bush administration - though others had before him). But one of the foremost western scholars of…

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European Shouting Maps – international prejudices galore

Strange Maps has done it again. This is great – maps full of prejudices, stereotypes and cross-cultural offence. But could there not be some truth to some of them!? No smoke without fire etc. Although some are definitely weird…

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The generous web: Clay Shirky again, on generations, revolutions and Gutenberg

The Blair autobio was far too chunky for me take on the plane to Albania, last week, so instead I took Clay Shirky’s followup to the wonderful HERE COMES EVERYBODY, from which I’ve posted before. He’s called it Cognitive Surplus, which is perhaps rather an intimidating and opaque title. Nevertheless, he’s still his readable, informative and thought-provoking self. It’s perhaps not as ground-breaking as the first one, which his why i gave it 4 not 5 stars. That good old ‘second album syndrome’, I guess. But it is definitely worth a read for any wanting to understand further how the Internet is shaping our lives and cultures. (more…)

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Rob Pepper draws All Souls… with a red phonebox

A few months ago, while working on the All Souls history/tourist guide, I came across an interesting artist online, Rob Pepper. He's done some beautiful line drawings of various London and other landmarks, as well as paintings and a daily…

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