Web Notables (March 24, 2015)

Peer pressure, Israeli voting, Ophuls' movie, Judaism and Christian origins, etc.

By The Editors Published on March 24, 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.

Classroom Peer Pressure: A Mixed Blessing by Emily Cuddy and Richard V. Reeves in the Brookings Institution’s Social Mobility Memos. “To the extent that students feel pressure or fear social backlash from their peers, they adhere to prevailing social norms,” but this can make them behave better as well as worse.

A review of Max Ophuls’ Letter From an Unknown Woman by Shmuel Ben-Gad on the Liberty21 site. A movie made in 1948, offering “a cautionary tale about both unbridled passion (however refined) and romantic delusion.”

Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins by Simon J. Joseph in Marginalia. A scholarly paper on the question of “where Judaism ends and Christianity begins.”

The Myth of Netanyahu’s Racism by Daniel Greenfield on FrontPageMag. “Israel’s cultural conflict is a complex one. It doesn’t just pit Jews against Arabs or Muslims against Jews, it pits Arab Druze against European Jewish leftists and Aramean Christians against Arab Muslims.”

Albert Mohler on Keeping the Southern Baptist Faith, an interview by Warren Cole Smith in World magazine. A major figure in American Christianity, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary speaks on his own life, the conservative revival in the SBC, his work at the SBTS, contraception, and megachurches. Subscribers only.

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