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Friday, February 19, 2016

Why Is Motherhood Such a Problem?

Why Is Motherhood Such a Problem?
You wouldn't think it would be controversial for a woman to tell a national audience, "When I became a parent, I felt like I was truly living. I had a purpose, where before I didn't."

Except when you are the internationally successful singer and songwriter Adele. Her acknowledgement raised a fuss among many people, who apparently couldn't imagine that there could be a greater purpose in life than becoming a world-famous entertainer. Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist reflects on the brouhaha in light of her experience as a successful professional and mother.
Philosophy and the Doritos Ad
A Super Bowl ad has become the occasion for outrage and philosophy:
In the 30-second clip, a pregnant mother, undergoing an ultrasound, is annoyed by her husband who is absent-mindedly munching Doritos while their baby's image is displayed on the screen. But as the father moves the chip, the baby in the womb moves with it; and when the mother throws the chip across the room, the child decides this is the moment to be born. Cute, funny, harmless, right?

Not according to NARAL, who complained that the commercial dangerously "humanized" the fetus. We are tempted to ask, "What do you think was gestating in the womb? A monkey? A rabbit?"
So begins a thoughtful column by Robert Barron on the philosophy that undergirds such a complaint. While outraged at the absurdity of the NARAL statement, he carefully explores its philosophical underpinning. In Barron's hands, even medieval philosophy becomes accessible and relevant to today.
What Good Is Sports?
We hear lots of stories about how playing college sports undermines health (concussions), discourages academic achievement (easy classes), and generally encourages boorish behavior (womanizing, drinking, etc.). But a recent study says there is another reality:
Nearly two-thirds of former college football and men's basketball players who graduated from college like what they do every day and are motivated to achieve their goals, while many of their peer athletes report higher levels of physical and social well-being than do students who didn't participate in NCAA sports.
Also ...

- Thomas Berg, professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, reflects on the life and legacy of the late Justice Antonin Scalia for CT, whom he describes as "devout Christian, worldly judge."

- Yours truly ponders the near impossibility of obeying one of the Ten Commandments in "Can We Survive the Visual Tsunami?"

- CT assistant editor Morgan Lee reports on the top 100 things people on Twitter are giving up for Lent.
Grace and peace,
Mark Galli
Mark Galli
Mark Galli
Editor, Christianity Today

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