I’m sorry, but this just doesn’t look like a good idea:
I posted my first entry on this blog five years ago today.
3253 posts later, I’m still here.
I appreciate your patronage, and your having put up with me.
I hope I have provided you with some entertainment over the years, spiced with an occasional thought-provoking idea.
According to a new working paper by Daniel M. Hungerman, an economist at Notre Dame who studies religion, the answer is yes. At least in his Canadian data set:
For over a century, social scientists have debated how educational attainment impacts religious belief. In this paper, I use Canadian compulsory schooling laws to identify the relationship between completed schooling and later religiosity. I find that higher levels of education lead to lower levels of religious participation later in life. An additional year of education leads to a 4-percentage-point decline in the likelihood that an individual identifies with any religious tradition; the estimates suggest that increases in schooling can explain most of the large rise in non-affiliation in Canada in recent decades….[Rest of article]
First read this book: Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, by Jon Krakauer. (I have read a number of Krakauer’s books). I thought it was terrific. One of the most moving stories you’ll ever read.
And then watch the movie. If you can’t find it on DVD, it’s here:
This guy is what hero is all about. He deserved a better Administration to fight for.
A book that has had a huge impact on my life is Mortenson’s THREE CUPS OF TEA–a very well-written and moving story of Mr. Mortenson’s efforts to build schools (and especially for girls) in Afghanistan and Pakistan. I bought and read the book; I have passed it along to others. I’ve even pretty much decided that upon my death all of my billions will be used to promote schools for girls in third world countries.
Apparently Mr. Mortenson made a lot of his story up. Heartbreaking.
It is still a worthy cause, mind you, but this story, if true, sets things back a long way. Why besmirch a good cause with your stupid lying? CBS won’t let me embed the video breaking this story, but you can find it here.
I first found out about it at Yahoo News here.