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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Sunspots 72

Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:

Bonnie, at Intellectuelle, writes more about evangelicalism. Bless her, she's really an optimist: "I long to see a Christianity that can put forth various understandings of non-essential doctrines as found in different denominations yet also be open, theologically and practically, to what each can learn from the others. I’d like to see Christian churches retain the good of past traditions while abandoning the errors, in true reformation." Wow! So would I!
Bonnie has apparently quit, really quit, blogging on her own blog this time. I already miss her work. Hers was the first non-instutional feed I subscribed to.

Chimpanzees are able to teach skills to other chimps, and the information can be passed on to another set of chimp learners.

Firefox 2 Beta is available. Among the improvements -- a built in spell checker in a browser. I just tried it in a web-based e-mail message. It quickly put a red line under "thiss." You can right-click for possible correct spellings, and add new words. It also puts up some guesses when you start entering something in the search box. Looks good.

A rant about the upcoming "Left Behind" video game.

Brady has been hiking to the waterfalls in upstate South Carolina. His list, with some photos, is here.

Joe Carter's re-post on "Industrialized Sex ."

This week's Christian Carnival is here. (For information on locating these Carnivals, see here .)

When I don't tell where I found an item above, I either found it directly, or was probably pointed to it by the Librarian's Internet Index, SciTech Daily, or Arts and Letters Daily. All of these sources are great.

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Mirtika said...

I don't know if it is something having to do with just getting older, but the narrow-view Evangelical/Fundamentalism of my early years changed at some point in my early thirties. Suddenly, I wanted to read the early folks--Church Fathers, desert sayings, Church history, Aquinas (I had already read Augustine in college). And then I started reading books by Greek Orthodox. Messianic Jews. I rediscovered Catholic writers that I had discarded when I left the RC Church.

And I felt a kinship to just about anyone who was wild about Jesus and the Father and the Spirit. And I realized the Church was far bigger than I realized, even as we squabble.

My own family has very different people types, and we argue, and we don't always get along perfectly, but we still have a core need to be family and to love.

I see the Church that way. I see the RC, the Orthodox, the Presbyterian, the Anglican, the Pentecostal, the third worlder adn the first worlder and the worlders in-between, and if you say, "He is risen. He is the Son of God and Lord," I feel an immediate sense of relationship..of family.

I'm with Bonnie. Let's discuss it like the fractious family we are, find what's the core, and give each other liberty and grace on the non-core.


Martin LaBar said...


I believe that there is an essential core, and so does Bonnie. (C. S. Lewis gave a good take on what it is in Mere Christianity, and the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds give a shorter view of what the core is.) Given that, as you and Bonnie say, we need to love and accept other believers.

Bonnie said...

Bless you, Martin, for the link and your words here and at 'elle -- you blew me away with the comparison to MLK jr.'s "I Have a Dream"! But it's true...(call me a dreamer ;-) )

I'm so glad you found my "old blog" way back when. Your support has been most encouraging. It's been wonderful to exchange ideas with you in the spirit that we are talking about.


Amen, Mirtika :-)