I wonder if Psalm 80 wasn’t a favourite of the particularly zealous 1st century Jews who would have been pleased to see the Romans overthrown by a long hoped-for military Messiah? ((Not all 1st century Jews were militant – i.e. Hillel)) I can imagine this Psalm being sung in the Synagogues of the day… and… Continue reading i wonder…
The following is not intended as a theistic proof, but it is yet another of countless points of ‘resonance’ with belief in a Creator. I was just thinking last night about how deeply human or ‘anthropocentric’ music is. Whilst we can anthropomorphise and talk about the ‘song’ of the bluebird, or the rhythm of the… Continue reading musical bodies
metanoia (Grk μετανοια) means literally “after-thought” or a change of mind or repentance. Two songs from Johnny Cash’s album, American IV, contrast a repentant person with an unrepentant person. The contrast is striking – between the person who ‘hangs his head’ (eventually in prayerful repentance in the last verse) and the person who ‘damns’ everyone (or… Continue reading cash for repentance
I’m prolife, and firmly so, but I’m also pro support of women in real and really desperate and fragile situations. (hat tip – PZ Meyers)
Peter Hitchens Author Interview–The Rage Against God from Gorilla Poet Productions on Vimeo.
One tiny detail, easily missed amidst a decently interesting article about Peter Hitchens’ return to Christian faith and finding peace with his atheist brother, the infamous Christopher Hitchens, is this mistaken caption to a nice little Hitchens-brothers photo, which claims that the rather Christopher-ish looking man on the left is Peter. :)
Another observation about some of the theological (as in, not biological) features of the text of Genesis 1…
Just before the 6 creation days in Genesis 1, the earth is described as ‘tohu va vohu’ (formless and void; or wild and waste; or chaotic and empty). It has no shape (un-formed) and has no stuff (un-filled). The 6 days of creation (the ‘hexameron’) divide into 2 sets. The first set of 3 days… Continue reading form & fill
Christmas season. The real doctrine that the Christmas season emphasises is the doctrine of the Incarnation. I’ve enjoyed reading C.S. Lewis’ ‘little book’ Miracles, written back in 1947. His chapter, ‘The Grand Miracle’ has some delicious passages on the Incarnation (my annoying notes in brackets).