Links 20 – 21/12/13

1. 9. Evil and the Absence of Truth; 10. The Serpent’s Lie; 11. Excuses, Excuses; 12. Sexual Desire and Justice

2. Church is Mission

3. Inheritance of the Spirit

4. Augustine on War

5. God in Man, Man in God

6. Natural Society – The Church in Eden.

7. Remembering Joseph at Christmastime

8. Double Justification, Bucer on Baptism

9. Converting Alone

10. Tertullian in the Archives

11. Where are the People? – On the weakening of American evangelicalism.

12. Surprised By Paradigm Shifts

13. The Small Catechism Set Free

14. The Fashionable Outcry of Each Generation

15. The ‘All I Really Meant…’ Syndrome

16. Enjoying God’s (Sometimes Gluten-Free) Bounty

17. Jesus, Junk Food, and Christian Charity

18. Sex, Sociology, and the Single Girl, Social Conservatives and Social Science, and ‘Pajama Boy’ and Nathaniel P.

19. Should Social Conservatives Really Stigmatize Pre-Marital Sex?

20. Righteous Enemies – The treatment of Jews in Italy during WW2.

21. We Need to Talk About TED

22. Utah 3D – I’ve visited a few of these places.

23. Unsung Technique Behind Key Science Discoveries

24. Cost of Eating Healthy Versus Unhealthy Diet

25. Two Theories of How to Break the Web’s Rage Machine

26. Terrible Twos Who Stay Terrible

27. The Power of Ritual: The Creation of Sacred Time and Space in a Profane World

28. The Agony of Instagram

29. Danger in the Ring – On the NuvaRing contraceptive.

30. I, Frankenstein – On the work of Boston Dynamics.

31. The Welfare Queen

32. Unlocking the Scrolls of Herculaneum

33. Savin-Williams and Ream—The Fluidity of Teen Sexuality, Kinnish et al—Sexuality Change Model

34. Even For Rich Kids, Marriage Matters

35. Moms Who Cut Back At Work Are Happier

36. What If? Reading Every Book

37. Worst Christian Book Covers of 2013

38. Required Reading – A purely self-referential journal article.

39. Chasing the Cicada: Exploring the Darkest Corridors of the Internet

40. Weird Words in Christmas Songs

41. 10 Bizarre Objects Found in ‘Cool’ Offices

42. Grand Canyon Timelapse


43. Departing Space Station Commander Provides Tour of Orbital Laboratory


44. 3D Printer With 16 Colours in Minecraft


45. I am Second – Interesting to watch in the midst of the Duck Dynasty brouhaha


46. Pole Dancing on the Subway


47. An Engineer’s Guide to Cats 2.0


48. Greetings From Chuck (The Epic Christmas Split)

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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7 Responses to Links 20 – 21/12/13

  1. Paul Baxter says:

    Also, the Converting Alone story is quite astonishing.

  2. The Man Who Was . . . says:

    David Treuer – Rez Life – supposed to be a book about living on a native reservation in the U.S., but spends way too much time telling the story of legal wranglings between reservations and the U.S. government and going through the economics of Indian casinos.
    Anton Treuer – Everything You Wanted To Know About Indians – by his brother, not that great either. Neither had much on the culture or religion of Native Americans, which is why I read them, except on the most superficial level.
    Christian Wiman – My Bright Abyss – tremendous book of memoir/meditation from the devout Christian former editor of Poetry magazine
    Wayne Grudem and Eliott Grudem – Christian Beliefs – rather dry and propositional, it does not give much sense of Christianity as it is lived, but does usefully go through all the doctrines of Christianity. I appreciated the liberal use of quotes from scripture. I wouldn’t use this to introduce someone to Christianity, though it might be useful later for making sure that they understood the full range of beliefs that go along with it.

    • The Man Who Was . . . says:

      Reading for the week.

    • The Man Who Was . . . says:

      One thing about reading Wiman: his musing do often take him off into heresy. More than once, I’ve stopped and said, “Really?” But, refreshingly, he doesn’t have an agenda, there is no thesis that he is pushing. He’s just trying to work things out in his mind.

    • Wiman’s book sounds fascinating. I read Grudem’s systematic theology several years back. While it had advantages over some others in the genre, not least in its emphasis upon Scripture and biblical theology, he wouldn’t be the first person to whom I would look for an introductory treatment of the faith.

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