- In his weekly roundup, Brian points out a very helpful list of influential Christian thinkers who have passed away since 2000. Talk about an impressive list of people.
- There’s an interesting discussion going on at Inhabitatio Dei about whether we should consider postliberal theology to be a unified theological project.
- Diglot is giving away a copy of Holy Writings, Sacred Text by John Barton.
- The Guardian has a fascinating slideshow of pictures from the Vatican archives.
- First Thoughts has some interesting reflections on the strongly negative reactions to the Pope’s visit being expressed by many in the UK.
- Joel points out a couple of upcoming marches on Washington that you should absolutely consider attending. Jon Stewart wants us to Rally to Restore Sanity, while Stephen Colbert thinks we should March to Keep Fear Alive.
- CNN wants you to know what to do if your body parts start falling off. Very helpful stuff. This happens to me all the time.
- And, a woman in my own town of Vancouver, WA has hit the national news for faking her own acid attack.
- Andrew Perriman addresses the issue of whether Jesus saw himself as God. He walks through a number of NT texts, arguing in each case that they show Jesus as one who had a special status before God, but not necessarily as actually being God. (HT James McGrath)
- You’ve probably heard by now that Belgian authorities raided Catholic church properties searching for evidence of a cover-up in the sex abuse scandal. Yesterday, Pope Benedict issued a harsh criticism of the raids and their “deplorable” methods. (Seriously, what could they have been hiding in the tomb of a dead bishop?) What I found most interesting, though, was the Pope’s continued claim of some “autonomy” for the church in investigating these scandals. Isn’t that what got the church into this problem in the first place?
- C. Michael Patton has posted a number of graphs that illustrate the relative sizes of major world religions and Christian denominations.
- Getting tired of American Idol? Try Young Imam, a Malaysian reality TV show where hopeful, young muslim scholars compete for a scholarship, a job, and a trip to Mecca. Globalization at its finest.
- If you haven’t heard about Horseboy, Daily Mail has an interesting article on him and other interesting people who have appeared in Google Streetview images.
- Here’s an article on brands that could disappear in 2011. No shock to find BP on the list, but Reader’s Digest and T-Mobile were a bit more surprising.
- Stephen Moshier takes John McArthur to task for his recent critique of the geological principle of uniformitarianism (i.e. geologic processes are the same today as they’ve always been). Moshier points out that McArthur’s definitions and arguments are a little outdated (i.e. he’s criticizing 19th century geology). The post serves as another example that we should be very careful offering authoritative critiques of work done in areas in which we are not specialists (see Giberson on that topic here).
- Philip Sumpter has finally concluded his extended (to say the least) series on theological interpretation. The posts in the series and the various discussions they sparked are worth perusing if you want to get a feel for the issues.
- T&T Clark’s “companions” series has been launched with its Companion to Methodism. I’ll be interested to see if they are as helpful as they look like they might be.
- In a rather shocking development, Pope Benedict has rejected demands for the Catholic Church to reverse its position on clerical celibacy. Did anyone really think this was going to go any differently?
- Apparently there are lots of sites where you can get your daily news in comic form…in Japanese. Why do they get all the cool comics?
- And, Matt Mikalatos discusses why Denver International Airport is watched over by the Egyptian god of death and other unusual stories about the airport (including its very own smoke monster). I connect through Denver quite a bit, so I paid attention to this one. I think I’m going to start flying through Minneapolis more instead.
Here are some interesting posts from wherever:
- Tim Challies has a fabulous post asking you to guess which of various statements came from a fortune cookie, and which ones are from Joel Osteen. Definitely worth checking out. (I didn’t do very well.)
- Over on the main Western blog , Brian is posting a series of interviews with Douglas Estes on his book, Sim Church: Being the Church in the Viritual World. Make sure you’re following along with that.
- Jenny Hwang explains why Christians should oppose Arizona’s new immigration law. This comes the day after a group of evangelical leaders issued a statement calling for an “earned citizenship” approach to immigration reform rather than amnesty.
- The New York Times has a piece covering Pope Benedict’s most recent remarks on the sex abuse scandal.
- The Mojave Desert cross has been stolen. As a bonus, though, there’s a $25,000 reward if you find it.