Week in Review: Numbers Edition

It's the Top 5!

It's the Top 5!

Our Week-in-Review feature has returned, with a new format.  We know there’s way too much to read out there already, so we’re going to be highlighting the top five articles, books, websites, etc., that we’ve been reading or thinking about the past week.  If you have items you’d like us to consider for the top five, add them in the comments or send them to Tom or Mike.

Welcome to Your Quarterlife Crisis – Kevin Offner, who works with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries in Washington, DC, tipped us off to this article from Toronto’s eyeweekly.com.  Are you in your mid- to late-20’s, feeling unfulfilled and insecure in your career or graduate education, wondering what you’re supposed to be “when you grow up”? You might be experiencing a “quarterlife crisis.”

God and Math – At Books & Culture, Timothy Larsen reviews two recent books that explore the long history of connections between theology and mathematics.

Theologians & Economists: The Economic World of the Bible Versus Now – I (Mike) was just recently introduced to Michael Kruse’s series Why Don’t Economists and Theologians Get Along? by Jeff Gissing, InterVarsity GFM staff at Wake Forest. This is, I think, a good example of how other academic disciplines can contribute to theology and Biblical studies.  Understanding the cultural context of Biblical texts goes far beyond knowing your Greek. (Kruse has also just started a series on basic economics at Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed blog. If you’re like me – mostly ignorant of economics that don’t begin with the word “Freak” – I hope you’ll learn something. If you’re an economist yourself, I hope you’ll keep Kruse honest!)

Academic families – A tribute from an Inside Higher Ed blogger to her husband’s recently deceased PhD advisor. A great example of the role that a good advisor can play in a person’s life, far beyond the professional aspects.

Doubly Marginalized, Part 1 – Blog reader and Assistant Professor of Physics W. Brian Lane has started a series on his blog, Corner Interactions, about the “double marginalization” of Christians in the university. Part 2 is here.

Bonus: Don’t forget to order your copy of George Marsden’s Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship (Amazon, Abebooks, B&NWorldCat).  We’ll be discussing it in October for our 2nd ESN Book Club.

Photo: number five by Hilarywho, via Flickr

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The former Associate Director for the Emerging Scholars Network, Micheal lives in Cincinnati with his wife and three children and works as a web manager for a national storage and organization company. He writes about work, vocation, and finding meaning in what you do at No Small Actors.

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