Links 17 – 29/11/13

Links for the week:

1. Liturgical Logic

2. Rich People are Stingy

3. Incarnation as Indwelling

4. The Kingdom of the Parables

5. In Westminster Abbey … Reflections on C.S. Lewis

6. Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women

7. Why Young Evangelicals Should Support Hobby Lobby

8. More Allegations of Plagiarism Surface Against Mark Driscoll

9. Bible Jeopardy 3 – Designed for kids, but fun for adults too. How did you do?

10. Review of Oliver O’Donovan’s Self, World, and Time

11. In Which I Try and Fail to Make Sense of an Essay on the Future of the Bible

12. Uncomfortable Words: James Baldwin on “Negro Spirituals”

13. The Theology of Eucatastrophe

14. Hooked on Heaven Lite

15. The Book of Tebow

16. Send Thy Holy Spirit

17. Advent: Two Poems

18. Manly, Manful … Man Up? The Language of Manliness

19. Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People For Being Alive

20. Universities Should Be the Last Places to Ban Free Speech

21. KKK Member Walks Up To Black Musician in a Bar…

22. Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, Poverty Thoughts

23. If You Must Talk Politics at Thanksgiving, Here’s How

24. Some “Odd” Theorems

25. Where Equal is Worse?

26. Google Glass: What You’re Not Supposed to Do

27. Modernity = The Middle Ages

28. ‘Sorry!: The English and Their Manners’ by Henry Hitchings

29. The Psychology of First Person Shooter Games

30. The Making of Hobbes

31. Luck

32. Native Intelligence

33. Heroes Shattered: Teddy Roosevelt was a Eugenicist

34. Gay Snub Cornish B&B Owners Lose Supreme Court Appeal

35. Bull vs Hall – Supreme Court Ruling

36. The Pilling Report: Working Group on Human Sexuality

37. Pilling – Two Thoughts

38. Yan Tan Tethera Pethera Pimp – An Old System For Counting Sheep

39. Yan Tan Tethera and the Rock of the Old North

40. Women More Liberated As Their Attitudes to Sex Change

41. Families – Recent research on American households

42. Historical Research and Its Impact – Discussing misunderstandings of the concept and historical phenomenon of coverture.

43. Gravity Spinoff: Watch the Other Side of Sandra Bullock’s Distress Call

44. The Neuroscientist Who Discovered He Was a Psychopath

45. Doctor Who: 50 Things You Didn’t Know

46. On Graduate School and ‘Love’

47. It’s Thanksgiving, So We Asked Brits to Label the United States

48. …think that you can do better? Try this. My first attempt was 94% in 1m32s.

49. Douglas Campbell: Developments in My Field of Study

50. Car Pulled out of an Icy Lake Baikal

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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11 Responses to Links 17 – 29/11/13

  1. Paul Baxter says:

    The map labeling link is fun, just for the silliness of it (and that’s perhaps the only quiz I have outperformed you on). What’s sad is that Americans would have pretty much the same sort of results labeling the provinces of Canada, and there’s not nearly so many of those.

  2. Paul Baxter says:

    Here’s another good link for you, via my friend Todd Granger:

  3. Hello Alastair, I discovered your blog based on link 42 above, me being the person under discussion in that post. Your blog is very interesting, it looks like an excellent resource for various discussions regarding religion and family life and gender relations; subjects I myself am very interested in.

    I write a lot on gender relations and family issues and try to put things into an overall pseudo-religious context understandable and acceptable to atheists and other people not tied to organized religion. I also have a definite political point of view and consider myself an advocate; not merely an observer of events. I am an atheist who supports patriarchy combined with Chivalry; Chivalry being the ethic that men have a duty to “provide for and protect” women.

    Looking at your blogroll it seems you are mostly linking to religious blogs. I advocate moral values consistent with religious teachings and try to teach a kind of atheist version of how the world is put together and organized very similar to what Christianity teaches. Maybe my blog Secular Patriarchy would fit with the overall theme of your blogroll? I could link to your site as a kind of reference source for further reading to my readers.

    I have written a post at my site that might be of special interest to you:

    What the Superior Power means to me as an Atheist

  4. The Man Who Was . . . says:

    Been reading introductory books on Christianity:

    1. C.S. Lewis – Mere Christianity: Actually very good, especially on what it is like to live as a Christian. The problem is that the start is absolutely atrocious. He starts off trying to lawyer you into believing, and the trilemma, or at least his formulation of it, is one of the absolute nadirs of his writing. Plus, there is the problem of an overly chatty tone, coming out of the books origin as a radio broadcast I would guess. But the book picks up steam as it gets going and those problems drop away. Really a small masterpiece. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Christianity, but only after a stern warning about the beginning.

    2. John Stott – Basic Christianity: Very practical and no nonsense. I liked it a lot, but it really lacks Lewis’ dramatic flair for taking you inside the Christian life. I didn’t find Stott’s discussion of the historicity of the resurrection very convincing. Also, a bit dry at times.

    Of the three books I’ve looked at, I’d put Lewis first, with the above caveats, then Stott, then Spufford. I would only recommend Spufford as a gateway drug to someone who was really, really hostile to Christianity, as he does meet the secular reader on his own terms, though often way too much so.

    I have found this an very useful exercise. Sometimes going over the basics is very helpful even for someone who has been a Christian for a long time. You get reminded of stuff you have forgotten.

    Planning on looking at McGrath, Sproul, Kreeft, Ratzinger/Benedict, the Grudems in the future. Any other suggestions?

    • The Man Who Was . . . says:

      Also read Doug Wilson’s book on satire. Very worthwhile start, though more work needs to be done on how to relate a spirit of kindness with harsh language. (I have a essay I am picking away at on the politics of satire and comedy, so I thought I’d give it a read.)

    • The Man Who Was . . . says:

      Also finished Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom. A great book. The two previous books of his I had read, his book on Pentecostalism and his book on Postmodernism, were useful, but not particularly great.

      1. You know my gripes about his use of words like religion and liturgy. I think we relate in fundamentally different ways to personal and material things (and relating included how we act towards those things, not just how we think, imagine etc. about them). I found myself thinking stuff like, “Do we really approach a cash register like we do an altar? Really?”
      2. Smith is better at knocking down others misconceptions than he is about putting forward his own positive ideas. No, we are not primarily thinking entities, but are we really primarily desiring or imagining entities either? Or are those also reductions?
      3. He doesn’t always practice what he preaches. I see nothing to make me retract my charge that his culture is excessively centred on fairly recent work, both popular and high.

      But we already went over a lot of this.

      Anyway, Smith appears to be really maturing as a scholar.

    • Sorry about the delayed response: I’ve just arrived back from a long weekend away.

      Interesting project! You could probably add N.T. (Tom) Wright’s Simply Christian to that list. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the others. Writing a brief introduction to Christian faith in a series of blog posts has actually been on my to-do list for a while. Expressing the basics in a clear and compelling fashion is an incredibly important exercise, always worth returning to (something that I am occasionally reminded of when I have to explain the faith to an unschooled non-Christian in conversation).

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