Web Notables (March 13, 2015)

Kids need time with both parents, the hoped-for Holocaust in North Africa, inauthentic Jack Kerouac, etc.

By The Editors Published on March 13, 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.

Kids’ Time with Parents Matters, But Not in the Way You Might Expect, by Anna Sutherland on the blog Family Studies. A provocative study claims that spending more time with dad or mom doesn’t affect children and adolescents much, but spending time with both parents together does.

11 Most Important Critiques of Modernity, by Artur Rosman on his blog Cosmos The In Lost. The Patheos blogger lists and describes the books on modernity recommended by the philosopher Thomas Pfau.

Interview with the President of Wheaton College, by Jen Pollock Michel on the blog of The Gospel Coalition. Philip Ryken, head of the flagship Evangelical college, talks about the work of running a college, offering lessons for anyone who runs anything. Among them: “On campus and in the church, the biggest problems are the people problems.”

Black Like Kerouac, by Alan Pell Crawford in The American Conservative. “Authenticity is now a kind of racket in America,” as seen not only in advertising but the storied lives of the Beats of the fifties and other people whose lives were not admirable.

God, Reason, and Our Civilizational Crisis, by Samuel Gregg in Public Discourse. “If a religion does not regard God at some level as Logos — Divine Reason — rather than just an unmediated raw Will, then that faith’s capacity to dispute the reasonableness of those who, for instance, decapitate hostages, burn prisoners of war to death, gun down cartoonists, slaughter Jews shopping in kosher markets, and then claim religious warrants for doing so is, at best, questionable.”

Fun Facts & Fascism, by Sarah Ruden in The New Criterion. A reflection on “America’s scale-tipping role in the frustration of widespread Muslim hopes for a Jewish Holocaust” in North Africa as America troops made their way across it in World War II.

From the Archives:

America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution, by Angelo Codevilla in The American Spectator.

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