- A NYT article has generated a lot of interest as it tries to explain why global warming actually causes unusually low temperatures.
It’s all a snow job by nature. The reality is, we’re freezing not in spite of climate change but because of it.
- iMonk reflects on Mary and the contemplative life.
It is unfortunate that we divide action and contemplation. It is unfortunate that we sometimes suspect those who pursue a robust inner life.
In short, both Jewish and Christian traditions treat him as Herod the Terrible. The historian, however, is fully aware, despite Herod’s grave shortcomings, of his unparalleled political and cultural accomplishments….All in all, in view of these unquestionable achievements Herod deserves to be known as the one and only Herod the Great.
- If you haven’t heard already, the oldest human remains ever discovered may have been found recently in Israel, possibly upsetting the standard theory that humans originated in North Africa.
A Tel Aviv University team excavating a cave in central Israel said teeth found in the cave are about 400,000 years old and resemble those of other remains of modern man, known scientifically as Homo sapiens, found in Israel. The earliest Homo sapiens remains found until now are half as old.
- Jason Goroncy offers a very helpful summary of 12 ways to prematurely write off Yoder. If you’re interested in John Howard Yoder, anabaptism, or “constantinianism”, you should check it out.
- R. Scott Clark discusses some of the differences between Baptists and reformed theology on the New Covenant.
- And, here’s a list of 6 animals humanity accidentally made way scarier (warning: Cracked is not always the most appropriate website around).
Just a couple of quick links today:
- Here’s David Mitchell offering his explanation of why addressing climate change is like cleaning your room – it’s not fun, but you have to do it or you won’t get any pudding. (HT Byron Smith)
- Apparently there’s a drug cartel in Mexico that uses John Eldredge’s book Wild at Heart to enhance is recruitment and retention strategies. (HT Joe Carter)
- JR Daniel Kirk wants to know why people have a hard time seeing the possibility of historical development in how we should view women in ministry in the same way that the church saw historical development in its understanding of the Trinity – i.e. they both contained implicit elements in the NT that could be developed more fully later. (Hint: It’s because some people think the NT explicitly says not to develop your theology in that direction.)
- Larry Hurtado points out a database of resources at the University of Edinburgh. It’s pretty sparse at the moment, but it might be worth keeping an eye on.
- Here’s an article from the Economist last week on the rise of fundamentlism in the horn of Africa.
- Bobby Valentine gives his “anti-creed,” a list of things he does not believe. Interesting approach. (HT Joel)