Flotsam and jetsam (5/25)

It is natural, when under criticism, to shield your heart from pain by belittling the critics in your mind. “You stupid idiots.” Even if you don’t speak outwardly to people like Moses did, you do so inwardly.

Certainly this phenomenon has not been sufficiently studied. Secularization—a long-term decline in religious belief, at least in the form we know it in the West—doesn’t have a clear precedent in human history. And if scholars give sociological, political and cultural explanations for the presence of religious belief, should we not expect them to treat belief’s absence in the same way?
  • National Geographic has an interesting article on the Göbekli Tepe in Turkey.

We used to think agriculture gave rise to cities and later to writing, art, and religion. Now the world’s oldest temple suggests the urge to worship sparked civilization.

  • New pyramids have been discovered. The BBC reports on 17 lost pyramids that have been discovered through satellite imaging, along with a number of other ancient ruins.
  • Here’s an interesting article on copyright and internet images, focusing specifically on the woman who took that amazing picture of the space shuttle taking off through a cloud.

About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on May 25, 2011, in Flotsam and jetsam. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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