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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sunspots 158


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





Science:
An amazing case of rapid evolution in lizards.

Wired reports that the South Koreans have cloned dogs for drug-sniffing.

Wired also reports that the US Congress has passed a bill prohibiting discrimination because of genetic makeup. The President is expected to sign the bill. (Perhaps already has)

A news source on stem cells , that seems to be kept up-to-date.

Politics:
Slate says that the real problem with all those mortgages was very simple: widespread lying.

Computing:
What CNet calls the 100 top webware applications. These included the Firefox browser, YouTube, and a lot more.

Literature:
From Christianity Today movies: a suggestion that Prince Caspian, the character, has a lot in common with C. S. Lewis, the author.

Christianity:
In Christianity Today, Charles Colson and Anne Morse warn about Christians being too concerned about pets. (They understand that some concern is appropriate, but question the appropriateness of healing services for pets, for one thing.) Say they:
These are signs of Christians weakening their best defense against activists on what constitutes the distinctiveness of humans.

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3 comments:

Russell Purvis said...

I read the post by Colson on animals. He said they don't have souls. I might have to disagree with this, among other things he said, since the word for soul is used once in connection to animals in the Flood account. Plus I tend to think of the soul and body not as a dichotomy, but one and the same.

I do think it's funny that people will pray hard to heal their dogs before they even glance a thought for brothers and sisters in Christ.

elbogz said...

Not only that, they kiss their dogs more than they kiss their spouse! (not that "I" would ever do that)

Hey, btw Martin, great links this week.

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, gentlemen.

You're the expert on Bible languages, Russell. Thanks. Also, I'm not sure that we can be so, er, dogmatic about animals not making it to heaven. However, as you point out, Colson and Morse's point remains.