Daily Archives: 15 Aug 2012

Stupid Angry Atheists, Get a Life

Or stop pretending to be atheists at all.  We all know that your fixation on God belies your claim that you don’t believe in God.  So.  Just.  Shut.  Up.

Stop singing about God or go to court, or so says an atheist organization threatening to sue a school district in Clifton Park, New York. The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants the Shenendehowa district to stop teaching two songs to elementary school kids that include lyrics referencing an almighty creator. The tunes are “Thank You for the World So Sweet” featuring the line, “Thank you God for everything,” and the song “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep,” which includes “I pray the Lord my soul to keep,” reports the Huffington Post.

A spokeswoman for the school asserts the songs are legal because they are not taught or used as prayers. “Basically our statement is that we don’t officially ban any literature or music,” she tells the Christian Post. The atheist group is waiting for the district’s official response before deciding whether to pursue a lawsuit.

How empty their silly little lives must be.

The Anniversary of the Publication of Volume Two…

Emil Brunner’s spectacular 3 volume Dogmatics is still the best systematic theology ever produced.  And today marks the anniversary of the publication of the second volume of the three, in 1950.

In the second volume, Brunner describes the Christian doctrines of Creation and Redemption.  Fantastic stuff.

The great thing about Brunner is that he is accessible, and yet profound.  That can be said of very few theologians- but it is most certainly true of Brunner.

Pull your copy of Brunner (Dogmatics vol 2) down today and give it a read.  Do something productive and meaningful, and spiritual.

NetGalley

I didn’t know about this website till today but it seems that if you sign up you can browse publishers and request pdf’s of galley proofs! That’s right, you can get galley proofs of books you’d like to review- and there are dozens and dozens of participating publishers.

NetGalley delivers secure, digital galleys to professional readers. If you are a reviewer, blogger, journalist, librarian, bookseller, educator, or in the media, you can use NetGalley for FREE to read and request titles before they are published.

As I said, you can download PDF’s or you can even read them on various ebook devices. Of course just because you can ask to review something doesn’t mean you’ll be allowed to. There are criteria and each publisher establishes their own.

But if you’re the sort that finds reading and reviewing books before anyone else gets hold of them, it might just be right up your alley.  I’m adding a link to the sidebar under ‘publishers’ because Baker Academic has already sent along approval to read a forthcoming tome.

Yes, Sometimes We All Feel Like the Chicken…

ASOR, Do You Realize What You’ve Done???!!!!

Look, they made me an Admin for their FB page!

They’ll rue the day!  😉

[Actually they asked me if I would be willing to help get the word out about the ASOR FB page and naturally I said I would do whatever I could to lend a hand.  I would urge you, if you’re on Facebook, and have an interest in archaeology, to hop on over to their page and ‘like’ it.  It really does have loads of useful stuff and you’ll be able to keep up with doings archaeological].

Quote of the Century

“We [Christians] are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.”  — A.W.  Tozer

Conference Announcement: Reformations and Ethics

The Theological Faculty of the Humboldt University organizes a symposium on Sisterreformations II, Reformations and Ethics, September 13-15, 2012 in Berlin.

In the light of the fruitful collaboration between Reformation historians trained in the German and Anglo-Saxon academic traditions during the 2009 Berlin symposium ‘Sister Reformations: The Reformation in Germany and in England’, a second gathering will now take place in 2012 to examine the theme ‘Reformation and Ethics’. For, although all parties in the Sixteenth Century accepted moral renovation as intrinsic to the Christian life, the exact place of ethics in this process, especially in relation to faith, was one of the most disputed points not only between the Reformers and their adversaries but also between the different strands of the Reformation itself. Consequently, this new symposium, jointly planned by the chairs of Reformation History in Berlin and Durham (UK), shall consider the principal ethical and theological questions involved as well as the actual moral decisions and patterns of behaviour associated with the English and German Reformations.

Click here to read more information.

Another Hollywood Dilettante Quests for Noah’s Ark

Former Baywatch star Donna D’Errico got pretty banged up while on expedition to find Noah’s Ark in Turkey.  Yes, this is apparently a thing that people do.  The actor posted photos of herself with a bunch of nasty cuts and bruises from what was apparently a “major fall” while hiking Mount Ararat.  But D’Errico has two more days on her trip, and she is determined to stick it out. How can she return home when she’s so close to finding evidence of Noah’s Ark? (There is no evidence of Noah’s Ark.)  Also, she’s going back again next month.

It must just be the Hollywood thing to do.  Waste your money on a fool’s errand.  Eric Cline pointed the story out on Facebook.  So since it gave me an aneurysm I feel it necessary to send it along to you…

And since those Hollywood types love awards- Miss, here’s yours!