August 13, 2005

FridaySaturday in the wild - August 13, 2005

Oops! Once again I'm a bit late with the weekly roundup. I'm busy working on a Sunday school lesson, so I don't always take the time to pop my head up and see what day it is. Feh.

We seem to instinctively identify big natural phenomena with beauty. I remember in 1997, when Hale-Bopp graced our night skies, how many people's natural response was "God is great." I was one of them. Nonetheless, as Dan of Cerulean Sanctum points out, many Christians seem to be down on the wonder and mystery of the world:

Wonder is at the heart of whom God made us as Mankind. It is as natural to wonder and to be overwhelmed with mystery as it is to breathe. Not a single advancement we men have made on this blue orb would have come about if not for wonder and mystery.

At some point someone sat down and looked up at the sky and tried to understand its secrets. Copernicus, Kepler, Newton, Einstein, and Hawking have all gazed up and wondered. That wonder led to the space program and mankind setting foot on the moon.

[Read Is It Any Wonder?]

Steve Camp does a weekly "Mulligan Monday" feature where he points out a Christian person or movement who said something silly that he'd probably rather take back. This week's installment: Selling Crap to Christians for Fun and Profit, a parody originally found at The Sacred Sandwich. "Trademark biblical words and you can charge user fees to unsuspecting pastors. . . . One word: Amway!" (Steve Camp, incidentally, has long been one of my favourite Christian musicians, especially so in the last four years or so, and he doesn't get half the recognition he deserves.)

Speaking of Campi, he has been critical of late of "evangelical cobelligerence": evangelical Christians allying themselves with other groups, Christian or not, to fight a common cause such as abortion. Understandably, many other Christian activists take a different approach. One of them is Scott Klusendorf, until recently a staffer at Stand to Reason but now the head of the Life Training Institute. I have heard Scott in debate and I have sat through his "Pro-Life 101" seminar, which I can heartily recommend as an excellent resource for dismantling the arguments of abortion advocates with logic and plain reason.

Scott also has his own blog, which I am happy to add to my blogroll this week. (I may have to further sub-classify the blogroll in the future and highlight a small selection of good pro-life blogs.) He had one particularly good post this week about Christian involvement in public affairs by none other than John Calvin.

Meanwhile, it looks like some semblance of sanity has gripped Google searchers this week, though we haven't quite achieved normality quite yet.

Until next time, enjoy.