- Doubting Thomas -- an introduction to the poetry of R. S. Thomas
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- I wish my church looked like this medieval Stave church in Norway
- Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou is "more like an undergraduate . . . than a serious academic"
- Pic of the day: 'John's Weather Forecasting Stone'
- Pic of the day: The Song of Solomon for biblical literalists
- Poetry: 'The Chapel' by R. S. Thomas
- Disillusioned: Robert Fitzpatrick, who spent his $140,000 life savings on advertising the 'May 21 Rapture'
- Tom Sutcliffe on Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou, physical beauty and 'The Bible's Buried Secrets'
- Jordanian 'early Christian' lead codices: more important than the Dead Sea Scrolls or a forgery?
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- Curious Presbyterian’s 2012 in review
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- The utterly inconsistent and mealy-mouthed Franklin Graham: how Billy must be disappointed in him
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- Worth your reading time: James Hannam on medieval Christianity and the rise of modern science
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- Oh dear, yet another disappointing reversal for Richard Dawkins — can he get anything right?
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- ‘A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.’ ~ C. S. Lewis
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 240,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 4 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!
Then there’s also the issue of how many Christmas shoe boxes Franklin Graham’s obscene $561,000 annual Samaritan’s Purse salary could fill.
‘From a European perspective, it doesn’t matter who wins this election. Only US foreign policy is important to us — and Obama is no dove and Romney no hawk. The incumbent president prefers to wage his wars with drones instead of troops, though the victims probably don’t care if they’re killed by man or machine. Meanwhile, despite all the criticism, his challenger says he wouldn’t join Israel were the country to go to war with Iran because the US can now no longer afford such a thing.
. . . The truth is that we simply no longer understand America. Looking at the country from Germany and Europe, we see a foreign culture. The political system is in the hands of big business and its lobbyists. The checks and balances have failed. And a perverse mix of irresponsibility, greed and religious zealotry dominate public opinion.
The downfall of the American empire has begun. It could be that the country’s citizens wouldn’t be able to stop it no matter how hard they tried. But they aren’t even trying.’
‘For a proper conservative, American national politics is a desert. You can choose between declared liberals and neo-conservatives who are liberal on all important issues. And that’s it. Or there’s dear old Ron Paul, who is another sort of liberal, really. But he’s not important anyway. There’s nobody who is really socially conservative, above all nobody who will act (it’s decades too late anyway) to end the lax immigration politics which have revolutionised the country and will render it unrecognisable within 30 years. There’s nobody who will rescue the married family, or protect and recreate manufacturing industry so that ordinary people have proper honest work to do again, or reform the schools, or devise a foreign policy that actually makes the country safer.
What absolutely amazes me about this election is the way that leftish commentators try to build up Mitt Romney as some kind of conservative monster. If only he were. But his own record shows otherwise (and I might add, his running mate, whose name I can never remember, is a keen student of Miss Ayn Rand, another liberal) . . . The ‘Romney is a raging conservative’ claim must be an effort to make a dull contest between two mediocrities, for an over-rated office that isn’t really all that powerful, appear more interesting than it is.
I shan’t be waiting up for the results. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.’