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Saturday, September 13, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Here is one for the Hyper Calvinists among you. A study showing that your brain apparently makes decisions before you know about it!.
Posted by Blamm at 4/22/2008 11:59:00 AM
Nothing more than a very very cool clock by Dutch designer Christiaan Postma . Mr Postma has arranged 150 analog clocks so that their hands spell the current hour of the day. Click here for more pictures and an animation showing how it progresses thoughout the day.
Posted by Blamm at 4/22/2008 11:46:00 AM
Monday, April 21, 2008
Friday, April 04, 2008
Here's an interesting April Fool joke from Wired. The discovery of an alternative universe that celebrates April Fools day on the 3rd (which is of course the date of the posting).
The alternative universe has lots of other characteristics which address issues such as "global warming" (taking it seriously) and "science vs religion" (focus on social justice instead) which presumably is the Wired world view. This takes the edge off the joke a little for me but caused me to wonder what an alternative universe based on the Bible's "Kingdom of God" would be.
Then I remembered the C.S Lewis novel Out of the Silent Planet.
The central character (Ransom) finds himself on a planet (Malacandra) that has not fallen and amongst creatures that are living as God intends them to. This allows Mr Lewis to explore the nature of the Kingdom of God via some very interesting debates between Ransom and some of the creatures about the clear differences between life on Malacandra and the Silent Planet (Earth of course). Must read it again.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Francis Collins -- head of the Human Genome Project -- discusses his conversion to evangelical Christianity, why scientists do not need to be atheists, and what C.S. Lewis has to do with it.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
What will be left when I've drawn my last breath
Besides the folks I've met and the folks who've known me?
Will I discover a soul-saving love
Or just the dirt above and below me?
I'm a doubting Thomas
I took a promise
But I do not feel safe
Oh, me of little faith.
Sometimes I pray for a slap in the face
Then I beg to be spared 'cause I'm a coward.
If there's a master of death
I bet he's holding his breath
As I show the blind and tell the deaf about his power.
I'm a doubting Thomas
I can't keep my promises
Cause I don't know what's safe
Oh, me of little faith.
Can I be used to help others find truth
When I'm scared I'll find proof that it's a lie?
Can I be led down a trail dropping bread crumbs
That prove I'm not ready to die?
Please give me time to decipher the signs.
Please forgive me for time that I've wasted.
I'm a doubting Thomas
I'll take your promise
Though I know nothin's safe
Oh, me of little faith
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Friday, March 28, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Just rediscovered this wonderfully acerbic response from Dorothy L. Sayers (mystery-suspense author and theological writer) to an agnostic scientist. The poor man was asking her to write a letter to his organization explaining the Christian faith. I don't know if he got what he deserved but her reply is just remarkable.
"Why do you want a letter from me? Why don't you take the trouble to find out for yourselves what Christianity is? You take time to learn technical terms about electricity. Why don't you do as much for theology? Why do you never read the great writings on the subject, but take your information from the secular 'experts' who have picked it up as inaccurately as you? Why don't you learn the facts in this field as honestly as your own field? Why do you accept mildewed old heresies as the language of the church, when any handbook on church history will tell you where they came from? Why do you balk at the doctrine of the Trinity - God the three in One - yet meekly acquiesce when Einstein tells you E=mc2? What makes you suppose that the expression "God ordains" is narrow and bigoted, while your own expression, "Science demands" is taken as an objective statement of fact?
You would be ashamed to know as little about internal combustion as you know about Christian beliefs. I admit, you can practice Christianity without knowing much theology, just as you can drive a car without knowing much about internal combustion. But when something breaks down in the car, you go humbly to the man who understands the works; whereas if something goes wrong with religion, you merely throw the works away and tell the theologian he is a liar.
Why do you want a letter from me telling you about God? You will never bother to check on it or find out whether I'm giving you personal opinions or Christian doctrines. Don't bother. Go away and do some work and let me get on with mine."
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Some really interesting stuff going on over at Asbo Jesus. The Ongoing Adventures of ASBO Jesus. 'Tis a cartoon site with an edge. Mr Birch (the cartoonist) creates rather cute looking cartoons (on a near daily basis) addressing issues that stir up great long discussion threads by his readers. Definitely worth a look.
Posted by Blamm at 3/14/2008 04:22:00 PM
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Hey, have you seen this guys hair? Have you heard his songs?
The David Crowder Band hail from Waco Texas and produce quirky but sublime music. Crowder is the one with the hair and is possessed with the voice of an angel. The band produced "Collision" in Sept 2005 and it is a glorious mash of bluegrass, folk, alternative, electronic, ambient and worship, dusted with touches of genius.
Thanks to band member Jack Parker (how many bands of this quality do you know who reply to you in person!), here is a song from the album called Be Lifted or Hope Rising.
For more info on the band go to http://www.davidcrowderband.com/
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Some scientist in New Zealand is saying that physicists should seriously explore the idea that the universe is a giant virtual reality simulation. Apparently this idea goes some way to explaining philosophical issues with the big bang and tensions between Newtonian and quantum physics.
Seems Gary Larson had the same idea...
Monday, January 21, 2008
Formed in 2003 (previously Dust) by Mark James, Verra Cruz produce belting rock/blues. A howl of a voice that sounds like the owner is being run over and slide guitar to die for. What more could you want?
Thanks to VC, here is "Cold that you Feel" from their 2007 release "Emancipation".
For more info on the band and to hear more of their stuff visit their official site at www.verracruz.com.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Trump Dawgs produce some pretty funky stuff. Led by Kenny Carter, this crew of Kansas City musicians, on a mission from God, deliver a heady mix of pop, grunge, hip hop, funk and even jazz. The band are not doing much at the moment but their stuff to date is well worth a listen.Lamblast from KLT Presents...Butch