Archives for June 2011

Who’s in your tribe?

At Uncommon Descent the author (VJTorley) contends that the Atheists have been claiming as members of their tribe some who don’t belong in the tribe. In other words, some criticize religion (Twain) while others are seemingly indifferent (Einstein), and others make some strong existential comments (Satre), but that doesn’t make them out and out atheists. [Read More…]

The Dark Side of the Arab Spring

Let’s not forget this in our prayers… Fighting has broken out Saturday between Christians and Muslims in Egypt following a dispute about the building of a new church. According to a local security official a group of Muslims from the Awlad Khalaf village gathered together at the site where the construction of a new church [Read More…]

Science as Critical Thinking? (RJS)

Harold Kroto, Nobel Laureate, co-discoverer of C60 better known as buckminsterfullerene or buckyballs, was speaking to young researchers at the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting. In his lecture he told them that science is more than a collection of facts. Sure, there is a body of knowledge, but science is more than that. It is a [Read More…]

The Essayist

Sitting next to my reading chair are a few books that never change, and one of them is Michel Montaigne’s famous The Complete Works (Everyman’s Library). He is, by most accounts, the one to whom many point to explain the nature of the personal essay, my favorite genre to read. Montaigne was, above all, self-reflective [Read More…]

Armageddon, Megiddo

The term “Armageddon” evokes apocalyptic battle for many, but the term means “mount” of “Megiddo” — which is really a “Tel” or a site where one city is built on another until a hill arises. Megiddo was a fortified city that guarded the valley that runs from the Mediterranean down into rift valley where one [Read More…]

Hurry Please!

Did you see this? (HT:K) The British Library online? The British Library is one of the world’s largest libraries, and is home to some 150m individual items covering virtually every country and language. And its vast collection of texts is to be made available on the Internet for the first time, reports the BBC. The UK’s [Read More…]

Here’s Jimmy! 6

Every now and then someone renews an old concern: Who is most responsible for the Christian faith? is the question and the two answers are Jesus or Paul. One of the most prolific NT scholars today is my own professor, J.D.G. (Jimmy) Dunn, and his newest book, Jesus, Paul, and the Gospels, jumps into the [Read More…]

Flag in the Church?

Goshen College, probably our country’s most well-known Mennonite college, will no longer play the Star Spangled Banner at sporting events, and many Mennonite churches don’t have the flag in the front. A recent CNN Faith blog post by Mark Schloneger explains why it is that Mennonites think and behave this way. I recently had a [Read More…]

George Will on Rick Perry

From WaPo: Mitt Romney, the Republican front-runner, might be easier to elect than to nominate. The reverse might be true of Perry. Is he a wine that will not travel? To win the White House, a Republican must be competitive among independents, including women, in places like Montgomery County outside Philadelphia. Perry — his accent, [Read More…]

Just Show Me What’s in it!

Haven’t even heard of some of these, but thanks to the folks for showing us. [Read more…]