Blog Archives

Flotsam and jetsam (7/20)


Flotsam and jetsam (7/18)

Flotsam and jetsam (7/17)

  • John Mark Reynolds discusses in a Washington Post forum whether all religions are the same. He argues that in religion, like in physics, small differences matter.
  • A foundation has donated $400k to a California seminary (CDSP) to write liturgies for gay wedding ceremonies in Episcopal churches. This is interesting for at least two reasons. First, the  Episcopal church has not officially recognized gay marriages yet (emphasis on yet). Second, I had not idea it cost $400k to write a liturgy.
  • Kevin DeYoung offers a very interesting graph showing (colorfully) the change in religious affiliation from childhood to adulthood. It’s particularly interesting to see the transfers in affiliation from one group to another.
  • The Vatican has caused a bit of an uproar (they’re good at that) over its decision to make the ordination of women a serious crime on par with pedophilia.
  • Patheos has an interesting set of posts on whether there’s a widening political rift in evangelicalism. (HT)
  • Christopher Benson has a nice post on Postmodernism (nice list of resources) and whether we should now be talking about a distinctively “Biola School” of philosophy that is characterized by “analytic philosophy, a revised foundationalist epistemology, a classical evidentialist apologetics (indeed, it tends to reduce philosophy to apologetics), and a biblicist notion of propositional revelation.”

Flotsam and jetsam (7/16)

Flotsam and jetsam (7/15)

Flotsam and jetsam (5/28)

  • 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.

Flotsam and jetsam (6/12)

  • 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.