December 21, 2007

The British press is reporting that the head of the Church of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, said in an interview that the nativity story is just a a legend. What he really said is that the Wise Men weren’t kings, that they didn’t show up with the shepherds, and that there probably wasn’t snow, since we don’t know that Jesus was really born on December 25. He was casting doubt on the conventional Christmas card scene, which… Read more

December 21, 2007

Confounding the anti-natalists we talked about recently, the fertility rate in the USA has reached 2.1 children per woman, which means that Americans are, at long last, replacing themselves. This is good news, as other advanced industrial nations are struggling with low fertility rates that will have major bad economic consequences. Most of those countries are giving money to women who have babies and other benefits. The USA is doing nothing like that, but the higher fertility rate is taking… Read more

December 20, 2007

G. K. Chesterton said that there is no such thing as an uninteresting subject. There can only be an uninterested person. His point was that EVERYTHING in this created order is, when seen properly, amazing. A corollary that I have long noted is that ANY subject can be made interesting if it is presented with the requisite skill. I don’t have that much interest in automobiles, but I do have interest in a TV show about them, Top Gear. It’s… Read more

December 20, 2007

Time Magazine has named Russian strongman Vladimir Putin”Person of the Year.” The choice is attracting some criticism, though at least the magazine has named a, you know, person. As opposed to a computer, which they did not long ago, and what they did last time, giving EVERYBODY that honor by putting a mirror on the cover. Who would you pick? Read more

December 20, 2007

Peter Jackson, who directed “The Lord of the Rings” movies, has finally untangled some legal complexities and will start filming The Hobbit next year. He is splitting Tolkien’s novel into two separate films, with the first to be released in 2010 and the second in 2011. Read more

December 19, 2007

Thanks again to Cheryl Banks for helping with the design and features of this blog. You can now buy books from EITHER Concordia Publishing House OR Amazon. We also have a box featuring the writings of my other colleague at the Cranach Institute, Angus Menuge, who has written widely on the philosophy of science, intelligent design, apologetics, C. S. Lewis, and evangelism. We also have a box for books on our major theme here, the doctrine of vocation. It includes… Read more

December 19, 2007

The Tower of Babel must have been build in the style of one of those Babylonian ziggurats with the spiraled ramps. I get that picture when I read about what scientists today are doing with the spirals of DNA. From the “Washington Post” article Synthetic DNA on the Brink of Yielding New Life Forms: Scientists in Maryland have already built the world’s first entirely handcrafted chromosome — a large looping strand of DNA made from scratch in a laboratory, containing… Read more

December 19, 2007

I got to attend vespers at my wife’s school yesterday, a service held at the end of every school day. There is something powerfully moving about hearing little kid voices singing serious hymns (which they learn by heart) and chanting the liturgy. And the children did so with such gusto and loudness! My theory is that the cutesy-wootsey approach to children’s songs and worship appeals mainly to parents and grandparents (OK! I admit it! I am both of those things… Read more

December 18, 2007

Mark Steyn writes about a new convergence of “pro-choicers” and environmentalists, a movement he calls anti-natalism: Here’s something new that took hold in the year 2007: A radical antihumanism, long present just below the surface, bobbed up and became explicit and respectable. In Britain, the Optimum Population Trust said that “the biggest cause of climate change is climate changers – in other words, human beings,” and professor John Guillebaud called on Britons to voluntarily reduce the number of children they… Read more

December 18, 2007

The managing editor of “First Things” is Anthony Sacramone, a Missouri Synod Lutheran, who channeled Martin Luther in his immitable blog Luther at the Movies, which I have been inspecting every week to see if it has come back from its health-imposed hiatus. Now I see that the Doktor’s execrable assistant, the aforementioned managing editor, is taking up partial blogging responsibilities at the First Things blog and so is putting Luther at the Movies to bed. (You will want, however,… Read more

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