Gordon Brown has condemned some of the playgroups started as a result of his Sure Start programme for replacing Christmas with 'winter celebrations'. Speaking to a mixed faith audience in Wembley, he said 'children of all faiths in Britain will be looking forward to Christmas in a few weeks' time'. His comments came days after a survey found that 74 per cent of employers had banned Christmas decorations for fear of causing offence to other faiths. Meanwhile, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, stepped up his attacks on 'aggressive secularists' for 'throwing out the crib at Christmas'. 'Aggressive secularists' were unfairly using the sensitivities of other faiths to advance their own narrow, anti-religious agenda, he claimed.
Sources: Daily Mail (8/12); Daily Telegraph (8/12)
Monday, December 11, 2006
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Monday, December 04, 2006
I am a Finnish theologian working on my Ph.D on a mystic named Isaac of Nineveh. I live in a house with my wife. There is a big garden around the house. I used to be a kind of religous fanatic, now I am a Radiohead fanatic, which is a great improvement (I'm still religous though).
See it for real at http://shrinkinguni.blogspot.com/
I have read the article, and my judgment is that it is a wonderful piece. It is by far the best thing I've ever read on the Federal Vision and/or New Perspective. I hope this essay gets the widest possible distribution. People concerned with these issues, whatever their persuasion, need to meditate deeply about it. And it provides a model of careful, thorough, thoughtful theological criticism. Mr. Minich . . . has a great future as a Reformed theologian.
It is not merely the verdict of innocence that God pronounces over the one who has faith in Christ, but it is also a saving power by which God rescues those who have faith in Christ.
God's righteousness is a power that radically changes believers - it both saves them and demands their obedience (p462).
Stick that in your theological pipe and smoke it. It's good tobacco.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
'Scientific knowledge is value-free, it has no ethical content.'Speaking more sense was the Chief Rabbi, Dr Jonathan Sachs on In Search of God:
'Science is good at explaining things, but not so good at explaining people.'
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Scarecrows. Supply and demand. Reflected glory. Dull blue light. Credit. Voters. Bones. Loopholes. Credit.
Select writings from the artwork for AMNESIAC, RADIOHEAD
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
Bavinck's Dutch masterwork was the Everest of which the textbooks by Louis Berkhof and Auguste Leoerf were foothills and Berkouwer's studies in dogmatics were outliers. Like Augustine, Calvin, and Edwards, Bavinck was a man of giant mind, vast learning, ageless wisdom and great expository skill, and to have his first volume now in full English, with a promise of the other three to come, is a wonderful enrichment. Solid but lucid, demanding but satisfying, broad and deep and sharp and stabilizing, Bavinck's magisterial Reformed Dogmatics remains after a century the supreme achievement of its kind. J. I. Packer
Saturday, November 11, 2006
You turned my wailing into dance/ no longer was I sad/My sackcloth gone, you gave me clothes/ of joy, and I was glad
Therefore my heart will sing to you/ and never cease to praise/ To your great name, O LORD my God/ I will give thanks always
Friday, November 10, 2006
To be creatures means that God is the potter and we are the
clay; to be persons means that we are the ones who fashion our lives by our own