Interesting bits I’ve come across around the worldwide web …
Grizzly vs. Electrified Deer — have to make the battery a little less obvious, obviously …
The Myth of the Good Guy With a Gun — like many myths, widely believed, despite the evidence to the contrary
Brian McLaren and the Bible — a generous review of Generous Orthodoxy and his other writings by my unrelated namessake Ian Paul
I thought anti-Semitism would be a thing of the past. Naïve, really — From the Daily Telegraph: Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, three women share the stories of their miraculous childhood escapes from the Nazis
Catholic Bishop Rebukes Nancy Pelosi: Human Life Begins at Conception, It’s Scientific Fact — There ‘s two things that are amazing about this: (1) that an intelligent woman like Pelosi needs a bishop to tell her this; (b) that even though she claims to be Catholic she won’t listen or be persuaded by all the bishops in the world.
A Sad Exchange with a Church of England Evangelical — As much as it pains me, because I really like Justin Welby, I cannot really disagree with this article. I had hoped Welby’s appointment would bring clarity to this situation, but it is still just as muddled as it was under Rowan Williams, with no clarity in sight.
Obama administration intervened in Argentine probe of Iranian leader, Jewish center bombing — very disturbing allegations. The African-American community and all of us, Americans and the rest of the world, could have done with a less arrogant and controversial first Black US President.
Why Hitchcock’s Film on the Holocaust Was Never Shown — Interesting story. I hope it will be released for free on Youtube or Vimeo.
Jesus on Safari — Almost ten years after his death, a tribute to Jaroslav Pelikan by Timothy George of Beason Divinity School at Samford University. Pelikan, who was raised a Lutheran and ended his earthly life as an Eastern Orthodox believer, was a prolific writer (a complete bibliography runs to fifty pages) and coined some pithy sayings which have stood the time, best known perhaps this: “Tradition is the living faith of the dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.” His magnum opus is The Christian Tradition, a five-volume, 2,100-page history of “what the church of Jesus Christ believes, teaches, and confesses on the basis of the Word of God,” which unfortunately is not available as an eBook (or eBooks), and which in the currently available paperback edition costs around $100 for all five volumes.
Can churches become irresistible? — This is how Ian Paul starts his review of the work of Thom Shultz on the subject of why people leave or stay away from church In the end Thom Shultz proposes “four acts of love” which supposedly make a church irresistable. They resonate with me, but also raise some questions.
BBC’s Holocaust Tweet Shocker — a BBC program which, as part of the Beeb’s coverage on the occasion of Holocaust Memorial Day, was billed as looking “look at the anniversary and the issues involved from never forgetting, to man’s inhumanity. It will also ask: could something like this happen again?”, ended up tweeting their “one big Question: Is the time coming to lay the holocaust to rest?” I am in full sympathy with those whose reaction was, “It is time to lay the BBC to rest!”