- Paul the Octopus has now picked Spain to win the world cup. Sadly, like many misunderstood superheros, Paul has raised the ire of the lesser abled. And, angry German fans, irate that Paul used his magic powers to cause Germany’s loss to Spain, are now planning to eat him.
- Larry Hurtado continues to add useful resources to his blog. Today’s contribution is his essay “Monotheism, Principal Angels, and High Christology,” which discusses “on Qumran evidence and its relevance for the emergence of Jesus-devotion in early Christianity.”
- Diglotting argues that Jesus was an inclusivist.
- Here’s an article summarizing some research that suggests younger scientists are more likely to be religious than older ones. (HT Rachel Motte)
- By now you’ve probably heard that the PCUSA General Assembly has voted 53%-46% in favor of allowing noncelibate gays and lesbians to be ordained ministers. Although the decision still needs to be sent to the local presbyteries, this vote has sparked quite a bit of discussion. This move follows an earlier one in which the General Assembly voted to approve a new form of church government that will ostensibly be better suited to meet the needs of 21st century churches. Update: The Assembly has also voted not to redefine marriage.
- Nijay Gupta offers some of his favorite resources on the wisdom literature and the prophets.
- And, those reports about the Church of England being on the verge of approving Jeffrey John’s appointment as their first openly gay bishop, were in fact wildly exaggerated. The nomination committee has made it clear that John will not be considered for the post. While they’re at it, though, they will apparently be reconsidering (again) the issue of women’s ordination.
- Of course, we have to mention the fact that someone is actually protesting N.T. Wright’s appointment to the University of St. Andrews. And, no, it’s not John Piper. It’s an episcopal priest angry about Wright’s opposition to gay ordination. (HT Mike Bird) And, Joel Watts offers some good thoughts on the situation.
- In a shocking development, researchers have now determined that more than two hours a day spent watching TV or playing video games can cause attention problems.
- And, please tell me that this is a joke.
July 9, 2010
[...] – Meanwhile, N.T. Wright’s stance against homosexuality has got some people challenging his appointment to St. Andrews as reported here. Mike Bird comments here and Joel Watts comments here. (HT: Marc Cortez) [...]