Lamp Post: January 13, 2016

The original Narnian lamp post drawn by Pauline Baynes

The original Narnian lamp post drawn by Pauline Baynes

The Lamp Post is a collection of quotes, news articles, opinion pieces or blog posts that I found interesting and worthy of attention.

‘I am pro life’: A surrogate mother’s stand against ‘reducing’ her tripletsWashington Post

Can I assume Planned Parenthood will defend this woman’s choice of life with as much vigor as they would defend her choice to abort?

The 47-year-old Californian had agreed to be a surrogate for a 50-year-old postal worker in Georgia, and she became pregnant last year with three boys. But then, she said later in a lawsuit, the man expressed concerns about his dwindling finances and about the health of the babies. He asked her to undergo “selective reduction” to eliminate one of the embryos.

“I am pro life and I am not having an abortion,” Cook told him, according to court documents. “They are all doing just fine.”

C.S. Lewis Was No SexistChristianity Today

This is a misconception that swirls around Lewis from critics who hate his faith more than Lewis himself. If you read him at more than a surface level, you would see how easily that argument could be dismissed.

But the fact remains that Lewis saw the “splendid” side of this woman [his wife Joy Davidman Lewis]—that it shone for him so brilliantly—when many others could not see it, and even when he was fully aware of her faults. His marriage, as well as his friendships with and appreciation of many other brilliant, complex, straightforward women (Sayers, the philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe, the poet Ruth Pitter, the scholarly nun Sister Penelope, and more), testifies to his ability to see and appreciate a woman as a whole, multifaceted person. Ultimately, there could be no stronger rebuttal of the charge of misogyny against him.

4 Principles for Parenting in a World of Video Games — Trevin Wax

This is a very important topic and I’m thankful to have the opportunity to help shape Trevin’s post.

What can we do to help them make wise choices regarding the time they spend on electronic devices?

Do we ban devices and games? Do we set limits? What is the best way forward?

Many parents wrestle with these questions. I know, because my wife and I have discussed this issue with other couples on many occasions.

Our family has implemented a system that works well for us. I realize our way isn’t the only way, so I’ve asked a few Christian leaders and thinkers to share how they approach this issue. Below are some principles to consider.

Meet Knightscope’s Crime-Fighting RobotsTech Crunch

I joked about this on Twitter, but this has the potential to be horrifically serious. Great sci-fi often shows us the dangers of continuing down certain technological paths. Instead of heeding the warnings, too many today are using it for ideas.

Knightscope’s K5 security bots resemble a mix between R2D2 and a Dalek from Doctor Who – and the system behind these bots is a bit Orwellian. The K5’s have broadcasting and sophisticated monitoring capabilities to keep public spaces in check as they rove through open areas, halls and corridors for suspicious activity.

Will LiFi Take Big Data And The Internet Of Things To A New Level? — Forbes

This is an interesting look at where wireless technology may be headed—using light.

But scientists have discovered a method of data transmission more than 100 times faster than traditional WiFi, and it only requires that you turn on a light.

Nuns who rescue sex slaves expand efforts to 140 countries — RNS

This is an older story, but definitely worth a read.

An army of religious sisters who rescue victims of human trafficking by posing as prostitutes to infiltrate brothels and buying children being sold into slavery, is expanding to 140 countries, its chairman said on Wednesday.

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