The weeks go so quickly. Yes, it’s Friday again.
On religion vs science
It is a silly dichotomy. As we were reminded this week, you can have ‘science plus Jesus.’ John Dickson is back in the good books after his appearance on qanda (and I was in the audience!). He’s written some reflections here.
And if anyone missed it, you can watch qanda here.
On the Bible
Patrick Mitchel Musings on the Bible – Kevin Vanhoozer
On male as the norm
Gwen Sharp Male as the natural default (don’t get me started on the evangelical subculture with ‘women’s ministry’ and ‘ministry’, ‘women’s pastors’ and ‘pastors’, ‘deans of women’ and ‘deans of students’)
On human rights
The senate committee just released it’s report into the human rights bill. For those who are interested/nerdy/legal it’s here.
Tim Costello Human rights and world religions
Women use porn. Women masturbate. This shouldn’t be so hard for us to talk about – Hanna Masturbation, shame and Christian sexual ethics
On public confession and repentance
Stella Young Oscar Pistorius and an unfathomable crime
Pistorius was repeatedly held as a role model in media and civic discussion. We love “against the odds” stories; narratives like that of Helen Keller are lapped up by a culture hungry for “inspiration”.
Keller is known all over the world as the deafblind woman who overcame her disability to become a world-renowned speaker, activist and author. She’s often held up as a paragon of inspiration. Non-disabled people are in awe, disabled people are in her shadow. She is supposed to be our Against All Odds ideal. But Keller, as she is remembered, was just an ideal; an assortment of noble qualities.
On social justice
The moonbat Climate denial is natural
On pop culture
Jonathan Fitzgerald Mumford & Sons, God and the new sincerity
Because it’s Friday, here’s a bucket of sloths: