Web Notables (Feb. 20, 2015)

Millennials and love in "Frozen," dog thoughts, martyrdom, bad maps, the Boxer Rebellion, etc.

By The Editors Published on February 20, 2015

“Web Notables” is a daily feature that highlights articles readers may want to see but might have missed. It is compiled by senior editor David Mills.

What is This Dog Thinking?, by John Bradshaw in The Guardian. Dogs may understand us, explains Bradshaw, a veterinarian, but “the way they perceive us bears little resemblance to the way we think they do.” Dogs “probably only feel about half the emotions we do (but may, as a result, feel them more keenly)” and their guilty look doesn’t actually mean they feel guilty.

Why Millennials Need More ‘Frozen’ Love, by Amber Lapp in USA Today. “It seems paradoxical that a generation could be simultaneously desperate for love and rushing into intimate relationships, and cautious and even cynical,” but that is what she and her husband observed among working class youth in southern Ohio. They could learn from the movie Frozen. “Fictional Anna and Elsa represent these real-life responses — only in real life, Anna and Elsa are one and the same, one person with a deep conflict.” She points to another character in the movie who explains what love really is.

A Theology of Martyrdom, by Colin Garbarino on the First Things website. “These martyrs are our martyrs,” writes Garbarino, who teaches history at Houston Baptist University. “When the enemies of God persecute one part of the body, we all feel it. Ultimately, they are attacking Christ, who is our head. When Saul attacked the Church, Jesus asked, ‘Saul, why do you persecute me?'”

27 Hilariously Bad Maps That Explain Nothing, by Max Fisher on the website Vox. Some examples are serious maps that failed, like the Wall Street Journal‘s post-election map marking states as red and blue, which are the same color when printed in black and white. Some are intentionally funny, like “How far away is Ohio?”, which color codes states as “Not too far,” “eh,” “a little ways,” and “a ways.” Most of the serious but wrong maps come from television networks.

Franciscans, Boxers, and Heavenly Battles, a review of Anthony E. Clark’s Heaven in Conflict: Franciscans and the Boxer Uprising in Shanxi from Catholic World Report. A history of the uprising in 1900 that “takes the spiritual component of the Boxer Rebellion as seriously as the historical actors themselves took it — treating it as the issue of primary significance.” The book gives “a meticulously researched history of how a group of people representing the race of conquering imperialists spent their lives preparing to die in devotion to their God, and in the service of their Chinese brothers and sisters.”

And also:

R. V. Turley in Catholic World Report describes the moral insight that makes Casablanca a great movie.

Tom Jacobs in Pacific Standard explains why shopping for anything on an empty stomach is a bad idea.

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