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To my friend Roger W. Sanders

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I never thought I'd be writing this so very soon, and I hate doing it.  Yesterday, on November 5, 2018, my dear, sweet friend Roger Sanders passed into eternity after suffering briefly with ALS.
I remember when I first encountered Roger way back in 1999 or 2000.  He wrote me an email with his C.V. asking to join our informal little group studying created kinds.  I'd never gotten an email like that before, but after I looked over his C.V., I knew this was someone special.  He had an extensive background in plant systematics, and I knew he'd be a valuable addition to our group.
I could ramble on about his professional qualifications, but that's boring (and I've already done that here).  I want to remember Roger as I knew him.  He and I were kind of an odd couple.  I vividly remember his first week when he came to work with me at Bryan College.  As I was standing outside his office talking to my assistant, he came out, smiled, held out his hand, and said, "Seed?…

Little Foot at last?

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Looks like we'll soon have a good look at Little Foot, the Australopithecus skeleton that Ron Clarke and colleagues have been working on for twenty years.  According to Michael Balter, we can expect the papers from Clarke's group by the end of the month, and there will be papers also from Berger's group thereafter.  Competitive to the end.  Read all about it at Balter's Blog.

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Sticky Faith 2: three key thoughts

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I want to preface this post by reminding my readers that I'm not an expert in adolescent psychology or sociology or anything like that.  I read Sticky Faith, by Powell and Clark, in order to better understand how or why kids go through the faith crises that causes them to abandon the church.  So the insights I share here might be a little naive or amateurish to those "in the know."  I hope you'll bear with me.

As I read the book, I noticed three concepts that I found especially illuminating but that were presented almost as side issues or contextual issues to the main message (how to keep kids in the faith).  First was the pattern of adolescent development from concrete thinkers to abstract thinkers.  On p. 52, we read this:
We now know that the brain functions with the concreteness of a child throughout early adolescence and begins the abstraction of adulthood at around age fourteen (thus making the shift from early to late adolescence).  In other words, while your…