Matthew Schmitz explains the difference between “merry Christmas” and “happy Christmas” and why the former is a more fitting greeting. See what he says after the jump, along with what I say. [Read more…]
“Post-Christian” does not mean the same as “non-Christian,” observes John O’Sullivan. A “post-Christian” society is one that seeks to maintain the cultural legacy of Christianity–such as human rights, benevolence, the institution of the family–after the religious beliefs that created and supported this legacy have been abandoned. In their place, post-Christian societies try to substitute laws, regulations, bureaucracies, and secular ideologies, all of which fall short.
The British journalist develops these ideas in an address to the Transatlantic Christian Council in Brussels, excerpted and linked after the jump. [Read more…]
The “Dear Leader” of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, has executed his uncle, who had served as his advisor and mentor. Max Fisher writes about the language the still-Communist North Koreans used to make this announcement and the worldview it reveals. [Read more…]
A teenager who killed four people in a drunk driving accident was given probation after a psychiatrist testified that he was a victim of his parents’ wealth. The term for this syndrome–the bad effects of having too much money–is “affluenza,” deriving from “affluence + influenza.”
This wins the 2013 prize for the Cranach new word of the year! (I know it goes back to 2005, but I just heard of it, and that’s what I go by.) [Read more…]
Scientists have discovered that DNA contains not just one but two languages, superimposed over each other. They knew about the one that determines how proteins are made, but the other embedded language “instructs the cell on how genes are controlled.”
We sure are lucky that random processes led to the evolution of these two languages! But don’t you need reproduction in order to have evolution? And don’t you need both of these functions of the DNA to be already in place before there can be any reproduction? I’m curious how Darwinists explain this.
The news story about this, quoted after the jump, uses terms like “language,” “writing,” “reading,” “meaning,” “information system,” and “instructs.” So underlying all of life is language; that is, what the Greeks called a logos, the cosmic organizing Word. As in John 1:1-3.
In the political world, you will hear talk of RINOs, Republican In Name Only. LCMS President Matt Harrison, an accomplished translator, posts his rendition of a letter by the Nazi-battling German theologian Hermann Sasse, who, in praising the Missouri Synod, gives us a useful concept: Lutherans In Name Only (LINOS). [Read more…]