Monday, June 19, 2006

Religion Blogtalk Round-Up

~ ~Carmen, she of the faboo blog called IN THE OPEN SPACE: God & Culture, is doing some deep-thinking about "how to do church" in our day-'n-age. You should check it out. Good links there. Lotsa stuff to ponder.

~ ~At the Evangelical Outpost, you can read about a yearning for the return of the commies. Heh. Curious? After you read that, scroll down a bit to read "The Rise of Polyamorous Advertising." As someone who's used to ripping ads outta my regularly-read mags--originally to get rid of the 1. bulk and 2. perfumey stuff that makes Mir go achoo; lately to get rid of the blatantly sexually perverse crap--that article was of particular interest. Yeah, just what we need, more imagery of hedonistic sexual obsession.

~ ~GetReligion has a post on that female bishop thing. (Sigh, my heart and soul, sigh.) I hope the African bishops give us a good verbal walloping. Again. The Episcopalians in the US need a muscular spiritual spanking and a summer at theological boot camp.

~ ~Head to Apologia Christi and see how a wholesome flick gets a PG rating--not a G rating--cause, hey, all that Christianity talk can damage your kids. Right. Know what I think? I think those whack superficial-moneygrubbing-nitwits-on-display-and-skanky-'hos-on-parade movies need to be rated a huge D for the damage they cause, intellectually and spiritually. (Hop down a post from that one to read their post on Noah's Ark.)

~ ~Over at Speculative Catholic, read about the "Genome Guy" who "finds God." First Antony Flew--yes, he of many debates with theists, debates where he championed a godless state of affairs--abandons atheism, and now Francis Collins, director of the US National Human Genome Research Institute claims it's rational to believe in a creator, and better yet, that scientific discoveries bring man "closer to God."

As someone who thinks very highly of science--and came close to becoming a scientist before life took one of those strange turns--I would have to agree. Ditch the naturalistic/materialistic philosophical assumptions and look honestly at what there is, within and without, and God is everywhere to be seen. Do you see Him?

~ ~And over at Mere Comments is a post on gay behavior in animals, and what we may or may not be able to really learn from such activity. It's called "Seeds of Sexual Confusion." I liked this bit, myself:

What also seems to be the case from the descriptions given is that some animals somehow discover that part of their bodies, when touched in certain ways, make them feel good and so they start doing things to make themselves feel good with other members of their group as available. Apparently Roughgarden thinks we should all live this way. Let's just hope no one cites the case of a certain female insect eating the male after copulation as an excuse for legalizing copulatory cannibalism between consenting adults, if that's what turns them on.

~ ~For those of you who found great comfort and insight in Dallas Willard's THE DIVINE CONSPIRACY, well, you'll certainly want to check out THE GREAT OMISSION

And ignore the sole,3-star review by someone who's clearly got a baptismal agenda. Notice how he doesn't comment on any other aspect of the book except the baptismal "formula." I should direct him oh-so-gently to the last verses of Matthew or to read the formula preserved in the Didache, which is routinely dated quite a bit before Constantine. So, there.

~ ~Muslim headscarves? Okeydokey! Sikh bracelets? Bring 'em on! Christian purity pledge rings? Hang on there: NO WAY!

Why? Well, the kids could fall and hurt themselves wearing those. . . silver rings.

I believe that's the real reason. Yeah, I do. Uh-huh. I'm sure there's no anti-Christianity behind it at all. Hey, I need to let them know that the kids could, possibly, choke should those headscarves get caught on low tree branches. They might even slit their wrists if those kara bracelets, you know, cracked in two or something on a fall or bumping against one of those hard and dangerous concrete or brick walls.

See how utterly ridiculous the school in question is when it comes to reasoning it out? I see the wriggling of bigotry maggots in the underbelly of that administration. (Hat tip to Relevant)

That's today's round-up. Hope you have fun checking them out.


carmen said...

thanks for the nod, mir--and the heads up on the new willard book. i'm out of the loop, ack! blessings.

Bonnie Calhoun said...

*sigh* thanks for another dozen sites that i now must visit!

Apologia_Christi said...

Thanks for linking to the Apologia Christi blog. Your opinion about the secular movies being put out nowadays is spot on. Come by again and leave a comment next time. We love to hear from our readers.

By His Grace,
Editor of Apologia Christi

Mirtika said...

I've just gotten THREE shipments this month from amazon, and am way way way way behind in my reading. WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYy behind. So, I am gonna shopping cart THE GREAT OMISSION and see if I can resist buying it for a couple months. I figure I'll cave by July.

Bonnie, it's good for the brain to stretch, stretch! Keeps the Alzheimer's away. :) So, have you and Bernita gotten all caught up?

Daniel, thanks for visiting. You have a nifty blog going. It was fun discovering it.

The Mir

Apologia_Christi said...

And by "nifty" you mean...? I think the success of the Apologia Christi blog is about to launch into it's own domain. Now to find a good webdesigner...

Thanks for putting up with "Rudiger." As an atheist, he tends to not really ground any of his assertions or speak with respect. You gracious words have been wonderful to read. Keep it up!