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MennoNerds is on the lookout for new Anabaptist-minded bloggers.  We have over 50 blog streams being syndicated on our website right now and we have several affiliates also associated with us.  There are quite a few other folks out there who are writing blogs and thinking good MennoNerdy thinky-thoughts.  We’re especially looking for bloggers who are not your typical white male Anabaptist folks. Click on the link above or click Becoming an Author and fill out an application.We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

SURVIVAL OF THE FRIENDLIEST: Human Evolution & Lenten Suffering

What if human evolution happened not “red in tooth and claw” with the fit surviving at the expense of the weak, but over time – vast amounts of time – the pressure cooker of suffering and tension led to the survival of the friendliest?the evolution of cooperation

This is not pacifist pie-in-the-sky. It’s increasingly embraced by science as the most likely mechanism for human flourishing and the evolution of human community.

The major theories of human development all include a necessary level of tension in order for growth through natural selection… how species survive such tension is what’s interesting.

American Promise

The documentary American Promise tells about the 13-year grade school careers of Idris and Seun. Both kids started out at the Dalton school, a private Manhattan school that was very prestigious but that didn’t have diversity. The private school was historically white and it admitted Idris and Seun, along with other African American children as part of efforts to diversify its student body. This effort alone didn’t make it diverse. This invitation proved that the school was non-racist, but it didn’t make it anti-racist.

Then I Remember

For my sisters who are tired. Who are unsure. Who are in need of encouragement and a reminder of who you are. My gift to you in hope that you will find hope.

Experimental Theology

There are different
kinds of knowledge, and different ways to determine what is true and what isn’t.  In court, the truth of a past event is
determined through witness and evidence. 
In science, general truths are determined through repeated ex…

The Generous No – Self-Care as a Lenten Discipline

This article is part of a MennoNerds Synchro-Blog reflecting on suffering during the Lent season of 2015.  To read more articles in this series, go to http://mennonerds.com/tag/mennonerds-lent-2015/.  To find out more about MennoNerds in general, go to http://mennonerds.com/about. The statistics are shockingly high – 25 percent of North Americans suffer from depression, fifty percent of marriages end … Continue reading

Do violent video games cause real world violence?

My wife and I think a lot about how we raise our kids in this violent world. Our parenting goal, the primary character trait that we are guiding our children towards, is having children confident in their service of others especially in bringing peace, justice and reconciliation to all relationships around them. Violent toys and violent play work…

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Why I Won’t Waste My Time Defending Black History Month

This is going to be a really short piece, because I don’t want to waste my time with this, but here goes. A few years ago, I would go out of my way to share that Morgan Freeman quote. I would get pats on the back from Libertarian friends and it was all good. The problem with playing that Morgan Freeman quote over and over again is that there is little to no reflection on the context in which Black History Month was given birth. Why not remind us who signed the bill into law? It was a Republican President, Ronald Reagan for starters. I don’t think Reagan conservatives are ones for being “politically correct.”     No one questions “Why is there a Native American History month?” No one asks every year, “Why is there an Asian Pacific American Month or a Hispanic Heritage Month?” No not ever. You want to know why? Because those months have nothing to do with Black people. That’s why. In a country founded on anti-Blackness and African enslavement, Black people, yes, I am including African Americans and immigrants from the Diaspora, are not supposed to celebrate anything. The dominant culture would rather us […]

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