Web Notables (March 17, 2015)

The reality of the Exodus, England is a mess, Judge Roy Moore is right, Yeon-mi Park is a hero, etc.

By The Editors Published on March 17, 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.

Biblical Criticism Hasn’t Negated the Exodus by Benjamin D. Sommer on the website Mosaic. “The extent to which biblical criticism challenges believers has been vastly exaggerated; there is no reason to doubt the core of the Bible’s presentation of Israel’s history.”

Conference: In a Secular World, Francis is Renewing the Church by Cindy Wooden of the Catholic News Service. Speaking at a Vatican-sponsored conference in Rome, one speaker (a Templeton Prize-winning priest) explained “We cannot be just arrogant owners of the truth. We must be seekers for the seekers, with the seekers.”

Evangelicals and Catholics Together (1994-2015) by Leonardo De Chirico on the Vatican Files website (which is published by Evangelicals). An Evangelical pastor who has planted a church in Rome argues that the ECT project makes it “difficult if not impossible to get to the crux of things, i.e. the core issues which prevent Evangelicals and Catholics from being together on basic issues.”

Federal Court Precedent: A Defense of Judge Roy Moore and the Alabama Supreme Court by John C. Eastman on Public Discourse. The common idea that “a judicial order by a single federal court trial judge, no matter how wrong or contrary to existing precedent, is the ‘law of the land’ and must be followed unquestioningly” is wrong.

Barbarians Among the Ruins, by Anthony Daniels (a.k.a. Theodore Dalrymple) in The New Criterion. The spa town of Cheltenham, writes this famously pessimistic writer, has a charming museum but is now a town in which “violence is a manifestation of utter vacuity of soul.”

The Woman Who Faces the Wrath of North Korea by Maryanne Vollers in The Guardian. Three cheers for Yeon-mi Park. The author also explains the effects of horrible trauma upon the victims even when they’re heroes.

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