Web Notables (March 5, 2015)

By The Editors Published on March 5, 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.

Earth’s Other ‘Moon’ and its Crazy Orbit Could Reveal Mysteries of the Solar System, by Duncan Forman on the website The Conversation. It’s only five kilometers across and has a “horseshoe” orbit which keeps it a long way away most of the time, but 3753 Cruithne is a moon. Or at least a “quasi-orbital satellite.”

Holding Our Tongues, by Heather Rogers on the web magazine Tablet. “Why aren’t more non-Muslim feminists speaking up about violence against women in Muslim-majority countries?” asks the writer. Partly because they equate “critiquing misogyny in Muslim-majority cultures and supporting ‘white supremacy’”, she explains.

What Scares the New Atheists, by John Gray in the English newspaper The Guardian. Though an atheist himself, the English philosopher finds himself bemused by “evangelical” forms. Many atheists “have no interest in waging war on beliefs that mean nothing to them. . . . As an organised movement, atheism is never non-committal in this way. It always goes with an alternative belief-system – typically, a set of ideas that serves to show the modern west is the high point of human development.” This, as he points out, causes problems for them.

Chesterton the Poet, by Michael J. Lichens on the website Catholic World Report. As more and more readers discover G. K. Chesterton’s fiction and his apologetics and cultural criticism, they should also read his poetry, writes the editor of the Catholic Exchange website. The poetry “is at times child-like as it explores the deep mysteries of faith and existence with the very heart of a child he was so praised for possessing.”

Does the Faith of Presidents Matter?, by Gary S. Smith on the Center for Vision & Values website. Yes, argues the Grove City College professor. “Their Christian convictions,”  he writes,

helped prompt William McKinley to declare war against Spain and take control of the Philippines, Theodore Roosevelt to establish national parks, Woodrow Wilson to devise the Treaty of Versailles, Herbert Hoover to reform prisons, and Franklin Roosevelt to remedy the ills of the Great Depression. Harry Truman’s decision to recognize Israel, Dwight Eisenhower’s attempt to reduce armaments, Carter’s quest to promote human rights, Ronald Reagan’s crusade to crush communism, Bill Clinton’s efforts to resolve international conflicts, George W. Bush’s support for faith-based initiatives, and Barack Obama’s policies on poverty were all motivated in large part by their faith.

From the Archives:

What Abortion Selfies Tell Us About American Community, by Ben Domenech on the website The Federalist. “What we are seeing here is a new model of communitarianism, driven by technology, which functions as a force for empowerment, rather than stability,” writes the website’s publisher.

Christianity, anarchism and community spirit, by Julia Duin in The Washington Post. A report from the four-day festival of People Against Poverty and Apathy, who are “involved in church lightly” but “manic about community and connecting,” and other groups in the growing Christian communal living movement.

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