Avatar not for avowed pantheists

February 28, 2010 § 5 Comments

Avatar is a delightfully inconsequential movie. As many have pointed out plot and character development have been sacrificed for the sake of special effects and impressive action. And I like that. I want to be stunned. The 3d scenery, the blue women – a tad too perfect and sensuous – the floating mountains, the techno monsters and alien beasts did it for me. I don’t like real-life roller-coaster rides, and this was the perfect alternative for me. If I want to be intrigued by deep thoughts, mysterious characters and pervasive plots I can always turn to my ubiquitous books. « Read the rest of this entry »

Burden of Being

February 23, 2010 § 1 Comment

Or how one does not need to reach too far deep within to feel that existentialist disgust (dégoût) for existence without meaning. Enjoy this poem rife with ire and irony.

Stripped of everything
all adjectives
all descriptives
all additives

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Questioning the question: does God exist?

February 20, 2010 § 11 Comments

An apologetic for apologetics

Does God exist? Good one! Or… maybe not. It will be hard to come up with a question to which there are more divergent answers. For one person it is self-evident that God doesn’t exist (Duh!). For another it is exactly the other way around (How can you live without Him?). But before we consider any answers think about this: Is one allowed to even ask a question like that as a Christian (except of course that the answer is a foregone conclusion in the first place)? « Read the rest of this entry »

The one stop Apologetics Shop

February 19, 2010 § 3 Comments

Brian Auten over at Apologetics 315 has created a fantastic resource for anything apologetics. Go there for audio links to debates, short bios on famous apologists, the apologetics blog directory, book reviews, short courses on logic… you name it. There’s something new there almost every day. I’d like to specially highlight his Recommended Apologetics Book Directory featuring a full range of apologetics titles from beginner to advanced stage nicely categorized for your convenience.

What could have been

February 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

A fleeting fugue tells me what could have been
fountain of glittering gold, for beauty’s sake
one last gesture of grandeur: lift your hand
before your life succumbs one movement make

And then relent, released into death’s silence
we will remember, muster all our power
to grasp and touch the master’s perfect hand
grand sweep of all we hope in this life’s hour

Death waits incumbent on fate’s fugitive
too soon you go – your fleeting youth betrayed
by a relentless and unyielding trampling
unsurpassed you pass away and fade

Reflection on the last movement of Mozart’s 41st Symphony. « Read the rest of this entry »

Pious Politicians: A contradictio in terminis?

February 5, 2010 § 2 Comments

Second thoughts about the influence of religion on public discourse or – even worse – its involvement in politics? Enough of politicians who drag God into the picture (usually to defend their own position)? Not so fast. In the secularized societies of the West mixing religion with state affairs may be anathema. But there were other times. Much of the history of Europe has enfolded under the influence of Christianity. Professor of Church History at Bethel Seminary, Chris Armstrong, provides some evidence from history for the beneficial effects of religion on politics on his blog Grateful To The Dead. Religious motives may help kings, politicians and other rulers realize there is a power above them to which they are accountable. It may help them to wield their authority more scrupulously and provide altruistic motives otherwise hard to find. Read the posts here and here.

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