Daily Archives: 29/09/2010

Photograph of the day: Lightning over Death Valley, California

Lightning strikes over a ridge as a storm passes though Death Valley National Park in California just after sunset.  Click on the picture to enlarge it.

Posted in Visual Arts

British thriller writer P.M. Hubbard

An excellent summary of the life and novels of P.M. Hubbard can be found here: The Power of Place: the Reclusive Worlds of P.M. Hubbard Scroll halfway down the page for an annotated bibliography.

Posted in Authors, Bibliographies

Pre-Malaysian novels in English set in Malaysia & Singapore

  An interesting list of pre-Malaysian novels in English set in Malaysia & Singapore

Posted in Authors, Bibliographies

Is drinking beer biblical?

It is insofar as it appears that ancient Israelites drank beer as well as wine.  Religion News Service reports: ‘Ancient Israelites drank not only wine but also beer, according to a biblical scholar at Xavier University, a Roman Catholic school … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, Biblical Studies, History

Quote of the day: Pope Benedict XVI on the Church’s task

‘A Church that seeks to be particularly attractive is already on the wrong path, because the Church does not work for her own ends, she does not work to increase numbers and thus power.  The Church is at the service … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Churches, Quote of the Day, Theology

Melanie Phillips on the phony “war against drugs”

On Britain’s phony “war against drugs”: ‘It is the long-standing police strategy of treating dealers as criminals but users as victims which is largely behind the collapse of drug policy into a morass of mixed messages.  Given that one distinguished … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, World Events

New British Labour Party leader openly atheist

Red Ed: I don’t do God, I don’t even believe in Him The new Labour leader revealed that he is not a man of faith, in contrast to his predecessors Gordon Brown and Tony Blair. Both Ed and David Miliband … Continue reading

Posted in Atheism, Politics, World Events

Does religion cause violence?

Does Religion Cause Violence?  Behind the common question lies a morass of unclear thinking by William T. Cavanaugh The division of ideologies and institutions into the categories “religious” and “secular” is an arbitrary and incoherent division.  When we examine academic … Continue reading

Posted in Philosophy, Politics, World Events