Thomas Hine provides some interesting observations in this semi-historical book about the recent phenomenon called “the teenager.” The author’s opinion is that before the Depression and WWII, teenagers were considered adults as soon as they were capable of performing adult work and responsibilities. Since then, they have been “set aside” to wait until they become adults. His point is “not to assert that all people in their teens should be considered full-fledged adults and be treated accordingly. Rather…that they should be treated as beginners—inexperienced people who aren’t fundamentally different from adults, but who usually need more help, more attention, and more patience.” The reader must remember that this is a secular book, and many of the issues he sees are far different than those a conservative Christian should see. However, it is refreshing to read an author who sees the possibility of expecting much more from our teens than we might assume.
Corrupting Good MannersApril 1, 2016
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 1 Corinthians 15:33 I have written at least three previous times about manners1 as many have done who grew up in the turbulent ‘60s when the civilities of society were turned on their head. It was John Silber, past President of Boston University, who […]
Good News & Bad News About Human IdentityJune 29, 2015
There are some things about which the Bible speaks clearly and one of those is the makeup of human beings. Yet it is amazing how far away from the plain language of the Bible our society has moved within one generation. In my youth it was risky enough to refer to homosexuals or lesbians rather […]
Marijuana and the ChristianMay 1, 2014
The culture in America is changing quickly, and not necessarily for the good. Christians generally agree that issues such as abortion, pornography, or same-sex marriages are immoral, unbiblical, and harmful to society at large. Not all agree about substance abuse in areas such as alcohol, tobacco, and drugs like marijuana. Churches have long had to […]