Monthly Archives: April 2012

Atheist Ricky Gervais’ “vile, cynical, dishonest” new TV show “seeks to mock and injure the most vulnerable”

The most cynical TV show I’ve ever seen: The father of an autistic teenager attacks Ricky Gervais’ new comedy Disablism.  Handicaphobia.  Smuggery.  The English language has no good word for the prejudice that is comedian Ricky Gervais’s stock-in-trade.  It goes … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury, on the pre-Christian mentality in the U.K. today

‘Today we are becoming increasingly aware that there are those in leading positions within our society who wish to see history somehow reversed, who wish the very light which Christianity brought to these islands would recede.  This is often done … Continue reading

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Fr. Thomas Byles, the brave Catholic priest on the Titanic, who died ministering to others

The Titanic’s Catholic Priest Who Went Down Hearing Confessions by Patrick B. Craine A 42-year-old English convert, Fr. Byles was on his way to New York to offer the wedding Mass for his brother William.  Reports suggest that he was reciting … Continue reading

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Pic of the day: Theologian Karl Barth as you’ve (probably) never seen him before

Karl Barth in the Swiss armed auxiliary, April 1940

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Quote of the day: Lord George Carey on the anti-Christian animus in Britain today

‘In a country where Christians can be sacked for manifesting their faith, are vilified by State bodies, are in fear of reprisal or even arrest for expressing their views on sexual ethics, something is very wrong.  It affects the moral and ethical … Continue reading

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What nine years of Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury have achieved

Parishioners join vicar in protest conversion: Almost half a congregation has followed a vicar converting to Catholicism, after claiming that the Church of England does not know what it “believes” in any more The Rev. Minchew, a father of four, spent at … Continue reading

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Pseudo-archaeologist James Tabor smears internet blogger for attacking his “Jonah ossuary” rubbish

Pseudo-archaeologist James Tabor (who publicly eulogises the late Vendyl “Arkhunter” Jones as his “creator” and “teacher”), and who sees otherwise unexceptional ancient tombs in Jerusalem as potential goldmines to fund his retirement, has now taken to smearing and issuing threats to internet bloggers. … Continue reading

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Did the Exodus really happen? The Exodus is not a literal historical account, but it doesn’t matter

Worth your reading time: Did the Exodus Really Happen?  Knowing the Exodus is not a literal historical account does not ultimately change our connection to each other or to God, writes Rabbi  David Wolpe

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British people now appallingly ignorant of even the most basic Christian beliefs, Easter poll shows

Judas Priest betrayed Jesus in Bethlehem – poll reveals lack of Easter knowledge: Basic details about the Easter story are known by as few as half of the people polled in a survey Only around half of those quizzed – 55 … Continue reading

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Christians ‘more likely to be leftwing’ and have liberal views on immigration and equality, new study shows

Christians ‘more likely to be leftwing’ and have liberal views on immigration and equality People who believe in God are more likely to be leftwing, according to a new study.  The research, carried out by thinktank Demos, rubbishes the assumption … Continue reading

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Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn’s Easter: Hope, beauty and holy motion

Bruce Cockburn’s Easter: Hope, beauty and holy motion Even though he seems to enjoy celebrating baby Jesus’s birth, Cockburn has fearlessly delved into the adult Jesus’s suffering on “the cross on the hill.” Brian Walsh writes that salvation, for Cockburn, … Continue reading

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Resurrection Day!

An eleventh century Byzantine panel showing the Anastasi (Resurrection): the risen Christ raises Adam and Eve

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Suggested introductory reading in Catholic theology for evangelical Protestants

Introductions to Catholic theology for curious Evangelical college students

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Pic of the day: Claudio Gazzaroli photographs the Verzasca River in Switzerland from 50 feet underwater

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Hot cross buns, Easter eggs, Ishtar and the Emperor Constantine: Is Easter a Pagan festival?

Worth your listening time: philosopher Tim McGrew discusses whether Easter is Pagan in this short (less than twelve minutes) radio interview.  Click on the link and give it a listen.

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Harvard trained philosophy professor Richard Sherlock converts from Mormonism to Christianity

Mormon Convert: Richard Sherlock   Conversion must be a matter of both the head and the heart, both the intellect and the spirit.  But it must be a whole reorientation of one’s life, a whole that transcends just the sum of … Continue reading

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Pic of the day: British climber John Roberts pictured about 100 metres up a cliff face in South Africa

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Pope Benedict XVI’s “generous orthodoxy”!

Pope Benedict will donate a 510lb (250kg) chocolate egg presented to him yesterday to a young offender institute in Rome.

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Pic of the day: Dennis Maitland sits atop Detroit buildings and takes birds-eye pictures looking down

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Dawkins in despair yet again: Patrick Greene, longtime Atheist activist, converts to Christianity

Patrick Greene, Longtime Atheist Activist, Announces Conversion To Christianity Jessica Crye, a Christian woman who read about Greene’s troubles in the paper, went to members of her church and asked if they would be willing to donate money to help … Continue reading

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The United States of America’s views on evolution and Creationism: a useful infographic

From BioLogos: Click on the image (twice) to enlarge it.

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Resignations, retirements at RTÉ ahead of “damning report” into their falsely accusing priest of rape

Resignations and retirements at RTÉ ahead of libel report: Irish state broadcaster falsely accused priest of rape and fathering a child in Africa Several key figures in Irish state broadcaster RTÉ have retired or resigned ahead of what is expected … Continue reading

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Have you ever considered: What did Jesus do on Holy Saturday?

What did Jesus do on Holy Saturday? Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and most mainline Protestant churches teach that Jesus descended to the realm of the dead on Holy Saturday to save righteous souls, such as the Hebrew patriarchs, who died … Continue reading

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Worker brushes clean the Anzhaite Long-Span Suspension Bridge in Jishou, Hunan, China — 1,102 feet up

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Why Richard Dawkins is wrong (yet again), this time about Thomas Aquinas

How Dawkins got the wrong end of the stick about Aquinas: St. Thomas Aquinas was not proving the existence of God as you would a piece of furniture, he was testing whether the concept of God made philosophical sense, writes Alexander … Continue reading

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