Friday, April 27, 2018

Character Today

Oxford University Press recently sent me a book, fresh off the press, to review for The Philosopher. This book emerges from The Character Project -- a huge project which aims to get a grip on the state of our character today. This brings empirical research to an area which, a generation ago, was all but anecdotal. The results so far -- and this is massive research -- are that we are blowing in the wind -- in fact, worse. The author notes: "The picture of our character outlined by the New Testament seems to fit quite comfortably with the research findings ... Most of us have the capacity to do tremendous evil in the world, and unfortunately on occasion we do just that." OBSERVATION: "Most of us" means most of us.

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