They Can be Learned

Vocabulary Round-up

“avidity”: extreme eagerness or enthusiasm.

“They can be learned, and the degree to which they are learned and successfully used depends entirely upon the intellectual avidity and motivation of the learner.” (Study is Hard Workp. 1)

“sinecure”: a position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit.

“It is not a sinecure for the rest of your school experience.” (Study is Hard Work, 5)

 “reify”: make (something abstract) more concrete or real.

“Religion in general and Christianity in particular may have some instrumental value, but not much; religion may have some mythological value as that which represents the best and noblest in the human spirit, but to reify the myth is to depreciate humanism.” (Christ and Culture Revisited  116)

“effluent”: liquid waste or sewage discharged into a river or the sea.

“Secularization thus becomes tied, in popular outlook, to the effluent from the Enlightenment, to material prosperity, and above all to the idea of progress.” (Christ and Culture Revisited 117)

“riposte”: a quick clever reply to an insult or criticism.

“Today there is a small but growing and important riposte that questions these connections.” (Christ and Culture Revisited  117)

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