Since 1986, Dr. David Snowdon, an epidemiologist, has directed a research project dubbed the Nun Study. He’s tracking the lives of 678 elderly nuns to assess the effects of aging and Alzheimer’s Disease. Snowdon’s research confirms a clear link between the consumption of certain antioxidants (e.g., lycopene, found in pink grapefruit, tomatoes and watermelon), an exercise program, an optimistic outlook and aging successfully. Yet the Nun Study has found an additional correlation that challenges a commonly held mantra about mission statements.1
In 1979, Steve Jobs was invited to tour the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. This was the “dream lab” in the foothills behind Stanford, one of Xerox’s famous skunk works. Douglas Smith and Robert Alexander recount the story in Fumbling the Future: How Xerox Invented, Then Ignored, the First Personal Computer. The authors describe how Xerox voluntarily offered the tour to Steve Jobs.
How many friends came over yesterday to watch the Pro Bowl? You’re kidding. Almost 100 million Americans watched the Super Bowl the Sunday before. Why does the NFL Pro Bowl – featuring a far larger galaxy of stars – draw such a puny audience? If you know the answer, you also understand why the exclusion of religion on college campuses and Corporate America might be good news.
Do you ever introduce yourself as a Victorian? If not, why not? Simple. People imagine Victorians as provincial, priggish, prudish and past tense. We’re in a post-Victorian age. If you want to launch a conversation, calling yourself a Victorian is a non-starter.
So here’s a question: Do you ever introduce yourself as a Christian? What if we live in a post-Christian age? These two questions can be misunderstood a thousand ways and properly understood one way. Rather than run to answers, consider how Albert Einstein would frame this question along with some surprising advice from Jesus.