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The Enlightenment Improved the World—But Not without Christianity

This review was written for The Gospel Coalition. see here. Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker is convinced that humanity’s lot has improved—and is set to improve further. His new book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, bursts with data suggesting that such progress is “inspired by the ideals of the Enlightenment: reason, science, humanism, and progress.” He dismisses the view that the world is “going to hell in a handcart” due to the global erosion of Christian moral foundations, calling it “wrong, wrong, flat-earth wrong.” No, the world is getting better, and it doesn’t need Christianity’s help. I agree with Pinker that the world has improved

How breastfeeding changed my view of God

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you” (Isa. 49:15). This was always one of my favorite verses. I pictured the deep bond between a breastfeeding mother and her baby, her delighted love for her child, the profound intimacy of nursing: mother and baby in life-giving relationship. But then I had a baby, and I began to breastfeed. The Pain of Parenting At first, nursing was agony. Neither I nor my daughter knew what we were doing. Both of us were frustrated and distressed. I’ll never forget one nurse’s comment, delivered kindly, but like a knife to my heart: “My observation about this baby is th