Monthly archive January, 2011

The Book That Changed Europe

From BibliOdyssey, the below engraving, included in the 1723 - 1737 book by Bernard Picart, Cérémonies et Coutumes Religieuses de tous les Peuples du Monde (Religious Ceremonies and Customs of all the peoples of the world)."The Book came in seven weighty folio volumes with more than 3,000 pages and 250 plates of engravings covering all...

Happy Birthday, KJV!

Elissa Lerner: The King James Bible is celebrating its 400th birthday this year, and judging from the British press, it looks like the festivities will be around all year, although mostly in England. For all you King James enthusiasts out there (and really, who's into the ASV these days anyway?) here are some choice...

38 Years

My naive questions on this anniversary of Roe v. Wade are: Why, when organized anti-abortion groups are predominantly evangelical/fundamentalist/orthodox Christian, are we not having a broader discussion about separation of church and state laws governing patients' rights?  To do so would not undermine individual rights to personal or religious freedom.  Or is patient autonomy not...

Satan: Literarily and Literally

Two stories, a song and a link:  For years I've been dabbling with a series of short stories about Satan.  In my drafts I call him Coldcheek.  He's a dapper guy who only comes out at night, grudgingly enjoys his job of ushering souls to the next world with a kiss, is immortal (of course)...

Religion and the Definition of Death

From The Lancet:
An intense debate has been rekindled in orthodox Jewish circles on whether brain-stem death is compatible with the definition of death by the Halacha—the collective body of Jewish law. Last week, the UK's Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks caused widespread consternation among physicians when he issued an edict stating that he and his...

Theocracy’s Not So Bad

Julie Ingersoll writes at Religion Dispatches about a recent Christianity Today profile of the Ahmansons, husband and wife philanthropists who have helped shape policy and religious outreach in the U.S.:
The Ahmansons supplied crucial early support to Rushdoony's writing, his early efforts in the creationist movement, and to the establishment of his Chalcedon Foundation...

Hersh and God’s Army

This week veteran journalist Seymour Hersh came under fire for having delivered what Foreign Policy calls a "conspiracy-laden" speech in Doha, Qatar.  Speaking of some members of the Joint Special Operations Command, Hersh said, ""They do see what they're doing...it's a crusade, literally. They see themselves as the protectors of the Christians. They're protecting...

What’s In a Title?

Andy Kopsa writes about the awkward title of a fantastic and haunting article by Sarah Blustain at Mother Jones.  Blustain chronicles the work and activism of "pro-life" lawyer Harold Cassidy.  The article was first posted with the title A Pro-Choice Feminist's Worst Nightmare which has since been changed to The Man Who Loved Women Too...

Frances Kissling on On Being

Frances Kissling, a visiting scholar at University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics and former president of Catholics for Choice, will be on Krista Tippett's On Being show on January 20.  For more information, click here.

By Association

An excerpt from a letter written by Justin Lee, Executive Director of The Gay Christian Network.  (Read more about Philip Yancey here.)
Since we announced that bestselling Christian author Philip Yancey would be addressing the GCN conference in 2011, questions have been flying, online and offline. "Is Philip Yancey pro-gay?" some have asked. "What...

From the Mouths of Babes

Abby Ohlheiser:
Miss Nancy Ellicott smoked
And danced all the modern dances;
And her aunts were not quite sure how they felt about it,
But they knew that it was modern.

-- T.S. Eliot
Here's a video of a 17-year-old girl praising God, palms up, in a snow-white dress, as she receives the crown and sash of Miss America. Teresa...

In Training, NYPD

NYPD cops-in-training recently were shown an instructive film, the Village Voice reports.  "The film is called The Third Jihad. It is 72 minutes of gruesome footage of bombing carnage, frenzied crowds, burning American flags, flaming churches, and seething mullahs. All of this is sandwiched between a collection of somber talking heads informing us that, while we...