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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Sunspots 83


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


Computing:

Stand to Reason on Blogging Winsomely. (Could have put this one in Christianity category.) Common sense, but important.


From Wired: different aspects of technology that have been referred to as the Mark of the Beast .

Science:
On how the vertebrate eye is poorly designed. The article says that claims that the "reverse wiring" of the retina are actually advantageous, because they allow for better cooling, are false.

Some of the genetic code of Neanderthals has been sequenced. Really.

Literature:
What is Elf? is a rather long, but interesting and important post on Tolkien, and fantasy in general, dealing with the spiritual status of elves.

Stephen E. Burnett continues his series, Nine Marks of Widescreen Stories. In part 4 , he writes about the contrast between, say, a Pixar movie, and The Silver Chair, by C. S. Lewis:
Isn’t that great? The themes are so embedded, so deep and epic, that one cannot in good conscience say It’s A Story About Following Your Dream. The same is true of just about every timelessness-proved work of literature: you can’t pin down its Take-Away Value.

"God Fearing," an essay in the New York Times Book Review (free, and spam-free registration with the Times may be required) by John Wilson, editor of Books & Culture (A subsidiary of Christianity Today), who argues that fears of a Christian takeover of the U. S. are wildly exaggerated.

A fine post on "Nobility in Narnia ."


Christianity:
Kevin Wright on how John Calvin and John Wesley viewed the image of God in humans, and their resulting view of evil.

The Evangelical Ecologist on the importance of prayer, and repentance, as related to Christian stewardship.

Pastor Perry gives dating advice , mostly to guys.

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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