Things that caught my eye around the web on Friday, January 23, 2015.
Peter in the Garden of Gethsemane, or Beyond the Culture Wars: Listening to LGBTQ people in the Parish Today — Melissa Selmys, Catholic and same-sex-attracted wife of one and mother of six, gave this talk to the students of Trinity School for Ministry in October 2014. Not least interesting is her own testimony of her conversion which introduces the talk, and which explains how I introduced her in the previous sentence…
21. Jänner 2015: Ein schwarzer Tag für Österreich und die Demokratie — a commentary by St. Pölten episcopal vicar Fr. Helmut Prader on the passage here in Austria of a law permitting and regulating preimplantation genetic diagnosis — in which two cells are removed from an embryo generated in the lab before implantation in the mother, when the embryo is at the eight cell state. From these two cells a “twin” is cloned in the lab, and diagnostic tests performed. After the tests the twin is destroyed, which makes this the moral equivalent of abortion even in cases where the original embryo is then implanted and borne to birth.
Christian extremists steal statue of Celtic sea god from mountain top in Northern Ireland — Whoever stole the statue left behind a 5ft cross emblazoned with “Thou shalt not have false gods before Me”. However, this was a tourist attraction, not a place of worship. Christians who do such things must not complain when atheists cut down crosses or lobby against other Christian statues or displays in the public square.
Methodist Head of “Human Rights” Mocks Prolife Marchers — “Here’s a thought. A great proportion of the pro-life marchers are young people. They are volunteers, unpaid and untrained. Mefford, on the other hand, is a grown man, one whose actual job is to represent Christians in the public square. How is it, then, that if we compare Mefford and the young marchers, the adolescents are the ones who come out looking like adults?” Good question.
The Greatest Hits of N. T. Wright — In Christianity Today, Andrew Wilson reviews N. T. Wright’s latest book, Simply Good News: Why the Gospel Is News and What Makes It Good. Sounds like an affordable summary of N. T. Wright’s theology.
When Being Right Is Wrong — Stuart Dauermann continues his discussion of biblical interpretation and the merits (or lack thereof) of being right in one’s interpretation. Good stuff.
Page 3 helped create the Jimmy Savile era — Allison Pearson writes in the Daily Telegraph about the Sun’s decision to no longer display a topless model on page 3: The Sun’s topless pin-up on Page 3 was the background wallpaper of the 1970s, an age of rancid sexism in which lechers felt entitled to help themselves to young women’s bodies. She quotes American comedian Rita Rudner. “Some people think having large breasts makes a woman stupid,” Rudner quipped. “Actually, it’s quite the opposite. A woman having large breasts makes men stupid.” Indeed.