Links 18 – 6/12/13

Links for the week:

1. (Classic) Catholic Social Theory Reading List

2. The Calvinist – A poem by John Piper

3. Triune Advent

4. Living Out – Christian resources for same-sex attraction

5. A Unique Way to Memorize Scripture

6. Janet Mefferd’s Driscoll Evidence

7. The Man who Carries a 25kg Cross Everywhere

8. Social Description in Early Christianity

9. Debatable: Is Christian Hip-Hop Ungodly?

10. How Anthropomorphic is Your God?

11. Theistic Personalism vs. Classical Theism, Revisited

12. Relations, Uncreated and Created

13. Can You Give Without God? Yes, But Religion Makes a Difference

14. A “Greatest Common Denominator” Approach to the Bible

15. Dallas Willard on the Nature of Feelings

16. Catholic Sexual Ethics: An Unknown Treasure

17. Are PhD Programs in Biblical Studies Ethical?

18. Why I Finished My PhD

19. Zwingli’s Sexual Sins

20. “Jesus’ Wife” Fragment: A Continuing Puzzle

21. Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife?

22. Alas, and Did My Saviour’s Death Symbolize Something Secular?

23. The Intellectual Civil War Within Evangelicalism: An Interview With Molly Worthen

24. The Homeschool Apostates

25. Who Really Invented the Clerical Collar?

26. New Wine and New Wineskins

27. More Arguments that are Less than Meets the Eye

28. The Courage to be Ignorant

29. Why It’s Time to Lay the Selfish Gene to Rest

30. James Howells searches for hard drive with £4m-worth of bitcoins stored on it

31. ‘Memories’ Pass Between Generations

32. How Men’s Brains are Wired Differently than Women’s

33. The Most Neurosexist Study of the Year?

34. Men and Women Have Distinct Personalities

35. Promiscuity is Pragmatic

36. The Tongues of Rogues

37. Reverse-Engineering a Genius (Has a Vermeer Mystery Been Solved?)

38. Plain Talk – A great Canadian legal tale

39. The Problem With Gender Quotas

40. Sentient code: An inside look at Stephen Wolfram’s utterly new, insanely ambitious computational paradigm

41. The Quantum Algorithm that Could Break the Internet

42. Headlines From a Mathematically Literate World

43. Algorithmic Governance and the Ghost in the Machine

44. Just Get It Over With

45. After Antibiotics, the Faeces Pill Remains

46. How to Be a Feminist According to Stock Photography

47. Humanities Studies Under Strain Around the Globe

48. Brief Glimpses of Everyday Life in North Korea

49. Can Silicon Valley Make Fake Meat and Eggs That Don’t Suck?

50. The Richardson Effect

51. 7 Things You Had No Idea the World is Running Out Of

52. Whatever Happened to Male Friendship?

53. Joe Jonas: My Life as a Jonas Brother

54. Amazon Prime Air: Drone-Based 30 Minute Delivery

55. A Mechanic Invents a Childbirth Device

56. The Most Commonly Awarded Grade at Harvard is an A

57. Man Found Alive After 60 Hours in a Sunken Ship

58. If All Stories Were Written Like Science Fiction Stories

59. 21 Science Fictions that Became Science Facts in 2013

60. Christianity and the University Experience: Understanding Student Faith

61. 100 Years of Breed “Improvement”

62. The World’s Most Exquisite Libraries

63. Do Cats Control My Mind?

64. A Horrid Maritime Coincidence

65. ‘Jumbled Up’ Tongue Twister is Named Most Difficult

66. There’s a £60m Bitcoin heist going down right now, and you can watch in real-time

67. You Can Now Visit Middle Earth on Google Maps

68. Exploded Views of Classic Sports Cars

69. 50 States of Lego

70. A Cat’s Guide to Taking Care of Your Human


71. The World Outside My Window: ISS Timelapse (more here)


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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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10 Responses to Links 18 – 6/12/13

  1. Matthew Petersen says:

    Regarding theological personalism:

    Ever since I translated some (a very little bit) of Aquinas’ commentary on Dennis about 6 years ago, I’ve been a classical theist. (Working through what troubled me about openness theology also led to this.) I think the question about whether God is he/she or it misses the point of the Classical Theists. The claim isn’t that God is “it”, but that God transcends even “personhood”. He is not “it” any more than He is “He”–indeed, inasmuch as “it” represents something bounded by not being a person, God is “He” not “it”. However, He is *also* not bound by “He”. He is in-finite, not in our modern sense of being “extremely big” but in the etymological meaning of the term: without bound, of any kind.

    (I think Mere Christianity mentions something along these lines–when we deny God is a person, we do not intend to say that God is less than person, but that He is *more* than person–though He’s also “more” than “more”–he’s beyond personality, or as Denis would have said, hyperperson.)

    As far as I can tell, this is simply the doctrine that He “maker of heaven and earth and all things visible and invisible”. Even “person” is something created by God. As a result, He is beyond all affirmation *and negation* (as Palamas says), for any affirmation describes God in terms of created things (which are necessarily, not Him) and any negation denies created things to Him, thus acting as if He is less for not having the thing denied.

    That said, God is definitely a “he”. And He in fact saved us by his outstretched arm. And the blood that flowed from it. However, this is something He took up, not something He is in Himself.

    Also, if the point is merely linguistic, there may be something to it. Divine Names are not an irrelevant consideration, and just because after everything that can be said of God through creaturely analogy has been said, what God is remains hidden and unknown, a point which begins the book, does not keep Denis from writing the rest of the book.

  2. The Man Who Was . . . says:

    Reading this week was mostly Shakespeare and finishing off Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead. It is a great novel (not Tolstoy or Dostoevsky great, but still great), and I’m not prone to throwing around compliments about literary works. She has a lot to say on religious experience in particular. Like with most liberals, the experience tends to be a bit vague, but what she says is still well worth attending to. Highly recommended, and especially relevant those studying theology.

    (I haven’t been that impressed with Robinson the essayist and lecturer, but the novel seems to bring out the best in her.)

  3. The Man Who Was . . . says:

    RE: Theistic personalism vs. classical theism

    There is a very real danger of reducing God to creaturely categories, but, frankly, I’ve read too many classical theist descriptions of God that leave me completely cold, if not outright repulsed. There are dangers on both sides.

    • Most definitely. Admittedly, that is what should be expected in those cases where reflection upon the being of God proceeds with limited reference to the one in whom he has made himself known.

    • Matthew Petersen says:

      Yes. I’ve heard enough formulations of who God is that leave me with *only* philosophy, and not God Himself.

      It would be more accurate (at least in my opinion) to say that God stooped down to, and took up personhood, than to say that God is a self. With the second, I have a very hard time not running into monothelitism (which though it sounds abstract, is just a confession that Jesus is not like us in all respects, apart from sin). And, I have trouble seeing God as anything but *super big*, which strikes me as a description of evil, not good.

  4. The Man Who Was . . . says:

    Found this wonderful Lindsay Anderson documentary on Covent Garden:
    http://vimeo.com/37249758

  5. Paul Baxter says:

    I wanted to let you know that I appreciated the (dark) story on homeschooling. I’ve had a little discussion about that with others. There seem to be three rough categories of homeschooling families in the US. Those who think it’s the best educational option, those who have religious objection to public school practices, and those who neglect and/or abuse their children. One virtue that schools have is that they are a place where children can get away from truly terrible homes for a time, and a place where suspected abuse might get reported for intervention.

    I’v tried to think about what sort of regulatory system would both allow for fairly wide freedom of home educational methods as well as providing enough oversight to detect serious abuse, but I’ve come up blank.

    FWIW, our own efforts at home schooling our three boys have been going well, in my estimation.

    In unrelated news, I started reading A Failure of Nerve today. Maybe we can discuss that a bit when I’m done with it.

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