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Friday Five: Charles Murray, C.S. Lewis, and More

On Fridays, we bring you the best of our blog and the best of the web. This week’s roundup includes questions for candidates from college students, advice from Charles Murray, a new look at marketing and more. 1. College students: What questions would you ask the candidates?: Karin Agness asks college students: If you were given the opportunity to ask the presidential candidates a question at the next debate, what would your question be?
Our weak economy is altering the everyday lives of college students and recent college graduates—many are living at home rather than supporting themselves, many are underemployed and delaying major life decisions, and many will feel the financial effects of today’s public policies for years—even decades—to come. College students should be asking the candidates tough, specific questions related to how the policies of the next president will impact their economic opportunity in the years ahead.
2. “Coming Apart”: America’s growing cultural divide: Charles Murray shares advice with college students and young professionals on how to respond to the growing culture gap in America. 3. Marketing Creates Value: Isaac Morehouse challenges us to rethink the negative view of marketing that dominates our culture and to look at the value it adds to our products and lives.
If you’ve ever picked up a glass of milk, thinking it was water, and taken a swig, you’ll understand. Even if you like milk you are likely to spit it out. Your beliefs about what you are consuming prepare your brain and your taste buds for a certain experience. The knowledge you have about what you ingest literally changes the experience of consumption.
4. C. S. Lewis: Free-Market Advocate: Harold B. Jones Jr. draws connections between the key insights of the works of Hayek, Mises and Lewis.
Lewis seems never to have thought specifically about the principles of the free market. He thought a great deal, though, about the importance of accurate premises and careful reasoning, and he could see that many religious leaders had no interest in either. In denigrating the powers of reason, he warned them, you are opening the way for tyranny.
5. Catalyst and the Biblical Doctrine of Work: Greg Ayers brings us what the Catalyst conference has to say about faith and work in the Millennial generation.
Some people are called to positions that will bring them fame. Others will be called to positions of seeming obscurity. What’s important, though, is that while the world may not see your faithful service, God does. And he is the audience that matters most.