links for 2008-03-31

A life saved, a friendship born – Features – Dominion Post Pregnant with her second child, unable to swim, and with no lifeboats anywhere near the Wahine’s listing hull, the 23-year-old was forced to trust her daughter to a stranger. So she turned to Brian Papesch, 21, and asked him to take Joanne. (tags: story […]

links for 2008-03-29

Not PC: ‘Storm on the Sea of Galilee’ – Rembrandt Rembrandt’s Storm on the Sea of Galilee (1633) is a genuine masterpiece, and a thrilling use of light and shade and the drama of the storm. This is, or should be, the sort of standard against which tremendous art is judged. (tags: spirit inspiration beauty) […]

links for 2008-03-27

The Press: Perspectives: What history tells us about Jesus [another one by Ross McKerras] “The voice of history is often little more than the organ of hatred or flattery.” So said Edward Gibbon. Nevertheless it is a worthwhile exercise to ask “history” what kind of certainty we can have about the events of Jesus’ to […]

links for 2008-03-26

Challenge Weekly: February 11th 2008 [Select committee ignores victims]: Gambling does funny things to democracy [Casual childbearing]: call for removal of incentives [Should churches be taxed?]: Listener disdains good works and beneficial social outcomes, prefers hostile ideology (tags: gospel society) koantum matters: Antihumanism, or Why the secular fundamentalists have got it all wrong It is […]

Reading Genesis, ignoring Science

A Donkey’s View has been reading The Language of God by Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome project. He claims that Collins is another of the compromisers, keen to make the Bible palatable to the scientifically-minded atheists, agnostics, or almost Christians. They all give up too much. A key question to ask when reading […]