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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Sunspots 4

The Washington Post has an article listing various free or inexpensive resources for preparing advanced directives and/or living wills.

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An article, "Flew's Flawed Science," argues that philosopher Anthony Flew's recent conversion from atheism to deism was based, in part, on ignorance of science on Flew's part. I checked what the author said about The Science of God, by Gerald L. Schroeder, a book which is said to have influenced Flew, and found that at least some of the criticisms seemed justified.

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An article in MSN Money, citing a book by Amory Lovins, and an accompanying government-funded study, claims that it would be possible to eliminate our use of petroleum as a fuel in a generation, and that doing so would create jobs, not lose them.

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Don King, English professor at Montreat College, has written an article on "Narnia and the Seven Deadly Sins." I wasn't aware of the article when I posted on Temptations in Narnia.

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I have just discovered, an extensive resource about fantastic literature and religions. This is their page on Religions in Literature, but, in spite of the title, it is about fantastic literature and religions. This is their Religious Science Fiction Books and Links page. This quote is from "Futures for Sale," an article that the previous URL has a link for:

When fundamentalism committed itself to a no-future future, the humanists were glad to claim the discarded trifle for their own. For a while, writers populated their Darwinian futures with characters who were motivated by derivative religious values. That moral capital has been consumed. The bleakness of the current weltanschuung opens the door again for people who have a vision, who have a passion, who believe that they and their grandchildren truly have a future.

God gave Christianity a thousand years to develop its distinctive civilization in Europe, before giving His people a whole new world to occupy for His glory. God gave us another 500 years to carry the ball forward in this part of the world. Has He also hung the next step before our eyes? The first meal taken on the moon was the Lord's Supper. I ask God to let the day come when I'll be able to look up into the sky at night, and pray for descendents pursuing their callings on the moon. Or even, perhaps, on Mars. In the meantime, I ask for grace to present the heros [sic] of the future with a future as big as the promises of God.

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Anonymous said...

This is an interesting interview with former atheist Anthony Flew.

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, Anonymous. It is interesting, indeed. I hadn't read that.