“This course will change your life,” promises Michael Puett, a Harvard professor of Chinese history. His class is the third most popular at Harvard, a school founded on this date in 1636 with a promise: “Truth for Christ and the Church.” Some might see Puett’s class as a sign that Harvard is regressing. C. S. Lewis might have said that’s progress.
Sheryl Sandberg encourages women in the workplace to “lean in.” The COO of Facebook believes they ought to challenge the common assumption that “men still run the world.” Women should, but solving this problem doesn’t start with leaning in.
Since the late 1960s, Bernie Taupin and Elton John have proven to be a powerful songwriting team. Taupin writes the lyrics and John then puts them to music. In 1984, they released “Sad Songs Say So Much.” While a hit, the song would have struck a deeper chord if John had better synched his tune with Taupin’s lyrics.
The British historian A. J. P. Taylor said the Enlightenment is still interesting only to those who are still worried about Christianity. The Enlightenment philosopher Denis Diderot turned 300 on Saturday, October 5th. But only Worry Worts found this interesting since they worry about how the Enlightenment is deforming today’s church.