Links 13 – 2/11/13

Links for the week.

1. New Discovery: The Earliest Manuscript of Justin Martyr

2. Natural and Supernatural

3. Shame and the Schisms of the Church

4. Habit

5. On Negotiating Halloween

6. Halloween: Its Creation and Recreation

7. Study Theology, Even If You Don’t Believe in God

8. On the Relevance of Theology

9. Logos Asarkos

10. Jenson the Barthian

11. America’s Most Popular Boys’ Names Since 1960

12. C.S. Lewis: “Failure On This Paper Should Mean Failure On The Whole Exam”

13. Concorde 10 Years On

14. The Porch

15. On Staying Grounded

16. On Lifestyle Rigidity

17. Some Varieties of Bullsh*t

18. Wikitongues

19. We’ve Reached “The End of Antibiotics, Period”

20. Russell Brand on Revolution and Newsnight: Paxman vs Brand

21. GUYS, Some Evangelicals Want a Pullback from the Culture Wars, and the WSJ is ON IT

22. Dubious Punishments

23. The Jubilee and Land Ownership

24. The Adventure of Orthodoxy

25. Greek Ontology, Jewish Christology, and Ecumenism and Are the Creeds Distracting Us From NT Christology?

26. The Teenager Who Saved a Man With an SS Tattoo

27. This May be the Ocean’s Most Horrifying Monster

28. School is no Place for a Reader

29. ‘Nominals’ are the Church’s Hidden Strength

30. Diversity is the Basis of Society

31. How to Cultivate Disgust

32. Marriage Makes Our Children Richer—Here’s Why

33. The Good Men of India

34. Why Hot Water Freezes Faster Than Cold

35. The Path After Pilling

36. We Have Never Been Modern

37. Lady Mary Needn’t Worry—Britain’s Elite Will Survive

38. Expressions Banned From Use in New Zealand Parliamentary Debate

39. Long-form Youtube: Videos of Entire Long-Distance Train Journeys

40. Why First-Born Kids Do Better in School

41. Protestantism, Aristotle, and the Godly Commonwealth

42. Wanted: Adoring Female Students

43. Brain Can Trick Us into Seeing in the Dark

44. Meet “badBIOS,” the Mysterious Mac and PC Malware that Jumps Airgaps

45. MRI of a Banana Flower

46. College Rape and the Importance of Measuring Success

47. Frederick Taylor and the Quantified Self

48. Pennies From Heaven

49. The World’s Most Powerful People 2013

50. The Girl in the Closet – This is a fairly harrowing read.

51. ‘Let Me Stress How Shocking These NSA Revelations Are’: A View From Inside the Defense World

52. NSA Files Decoded: What the Revelations Mean For You

53. Doing Church Without God

54. The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel

55. A Place for Amateurs

56. How to Hear Sign Language

57. Stages of Procrastination and A Field Guide to Procrastinators

58. Follow Your Dreams!

59. Left or Right Tail Wags Elicit Different Emotional Responses From Dogs

60. The Myth of ‘I’m Bad at Math’

61. N.T. Wright – Paul and the Faithfulness of God at Wycliffe Hall

62. Drawing an Empty Potato Chips Bag

63. The First 100 Days of Two Pandas’ Lives

64. True Facts About the Cuttlefish

About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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8 Responses to Links 13 – 2/11/13

  1. DavidA says:

    Love these. You always tend to scour the best of the web and are quite the resource. Thank you!

  2. Paul Baxter says:

    Lots of good stuff there. The birth order story looks a lot like the one you posted earlier. I’ll just post my single anecdote. Among my three boys, our oldest is without a doubt the one who is doing the most in academic pursuits. He was a very early (and enthusiatic) reader and is now 3-4 years ahead of his age level in math(s)(an s just for you). The other two are pretty close to normal academically. We also pushed our oldest much harder, at least early on, so at least on those two metrics we seem to line up with this account. Of course our boys have very different personalities from each other which have affected how we’ve approached them.

    Also, in general, I got better grades and stayed out of more trouble than my older brother, so there’s that.

    I also really enjoyed the “lifestyle rigidity” piece. It reminds me of Brian Fawcett, whom I imagine you haven’t read. Fawcett is another highly original cultural critic. His book Public Eye: An investigation Into the Disappearance of the World is on my (poorly defined) list of best books ever. In any case, Fawcett has a fictional character propound the theory that a person’s soul can only move at walking speed, and that when we travel (especially by air), it takes a long time for our soul to catch up again. That particular bit of foolishness has lodged in my brain ever since and I’ve come to almost believe it.

  3. The Man Who Was . . . says:

    I just finished reading Spufford’s Unapologetic on Rod Dreher’s recommendation, and have to say that I don’t really think it is at all representative of Christianity. The first couple chapters, with one tweaking the New Atheism and the other on prayer, were quite good, but the rest of it was, I thought, a pretty goofy and idiosyncratic mixture of materialism and Christianity. I believe he says at one point, “I am a very this worldly Christian.” And I totally believe him! Anyway, there is some good mixed in with the bad, but even that wasn’t particularly exceptional.

    There might be some use in the prayer chapter for helping people understand what it is like to pray, but the rest seems to give a pretty misleading impression of the faith.

    • Thanks for the feedback! So far, Wright’s tome is a very worthwhile read. Sarah Coakley’s God, Sexuality, and the Self also arrived this morning. Knowing Coakley, I am expecting it to be an extremely stimulating read, but one which leaves me unpersuaded.

  4. Bill says:

    I second what DavidA wrote. Thanks for collecting and sharing these.

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