Lamp Post: March 9, 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.

Christianity Today: The Overlooked Hope for Narnia’s Susan Pevensie

I loved this discussion about Susan because people often assume the end of the Narnia series gave a concrete answer on her fate. It didn’t. Things were left very open and this explores that in a poignant way.

For the first time, it dawned on me that Susan’s story wasn’t over—not at all. It couldn’t be. One day, Susan was obsessing over “lipstick and nylons and invitations,” and the next, someone would telephone her to tell her that her mother, father, sister, two brothers, a cousin, and three old friends were dead.

I began to imagine the impact of Susan receiving such horrific news, and I called my dad to ask him for insight. Dad, who is a lover of the Narnia series, lost two children in a plane crash when I was a toddler.

The Week: Why so many scientists are so ignorant

Philosophical illiteracy plagues many scientists, unfortunately most Christians don’t know enough philosophy to notice the problem.

Science has enormous cachet and authority in our culture — for very understandable reasons! And that has led scientists (and non-scientists who claim the mantle of science) to claim public authority, which is all well and good in their areas of expertise. The problem is when they claim authority in areas where they don’t have much expertise.

Vox: Donald Trump’s poll numbers show a big divide between Christians and churchgoing Christians

I’ve been trying to make this point repeatedly. There is a significant difference between self-identifying as a Christian and participating in Christian acts.

The first finding: Christian Republicans generally like Trump. About 32 percent said they would vote for Trump in the primary, which is 13 percentage points ahead of the next candidate, Ted Cruz.

The second finding: If you take the subset of that group who has been to church in the past week, Ted Cruz earns about 30 percent of the vote, versus Trump’s 24. And more than a third have an unfavorable opinion of Trump.

Bloomberg: Abortion Clinics Are Closing at a Record Pace

The story is framed like this is a bad idea, but we can rejoice that there are fewer places who end life in the womb.

Abortion access in the U.S. has been vanishing at the fastest annual pace on record, propelled by Republican state lawmakers’ push to legislate the industry out of existence. Since 2011, at least 162 abortion providers have shut or stopped offering the procedure, while just 21 opened.

Yahoo: Amazing Waves

A daring photographer went out into crashing waves and captured some stunning photos. Here’s one.


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Aaron Earls

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