Books Received: Lay Intellectuals in the Carolingian World

By Sheldon Over the last few years I have been involved in a long-term experiment that concerns the role to be played by lay scholars in a local church community. This began back in 2009 when we were living in … Continue reading

Best Practices: On Marking Books

By Sheldon “A virgin book bears no offspring.” — Hasidic Proverb Continuing a theme I’ve been on for a while, which is a retro journey through the wonders of dead-tree format information storage. Allow me this one indulgence from that … Continue reading

Timothy Snyder’s “On Tyranny”

By Sheldon I just finished readingĀ On Tyranny. Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century by Yale historian Timothy Snyder. It is a very important book that everyone who harbors anxiety about the future of the United States should read, and read … Continue reading

A Consumer’s Guide to the Apocalypse

By Sheldon Recent news stories about how some evangelical Christians have embraced Donald Trump note that this acceptance is not just the latest example of politics making for strange bedfellows. There is, apparently, a strong sense that The Donald holds … Continue reading

Why Accepting Refugees is Crucial to National Security

By Sheldon When Trump released his ill-conceived and poorly-executed immigration order that stopped the flow of refugees from seven Muslim countries, he justified the action based on “national security,” claiming that it would keep out the “bad people” who were … Continue reading

Making a Source Deck

By Sheldon The world of intelligence and intelligence analysis is very different from that of the usual scholar or knowledge worker, with the possible exception of the investigative journalist. The difference is that the intel professional has to work with … Continue reading

Privacy Under a Trump Administration

Well, the unthinkable has happened. The most powerful and sophisticated Intelligence apparatus in the history of the Second Oldest Profession has fallen into the hands of a President-elect known for a vindictive streak a mile wide, and who is considered … Continue reading