Friday, June 20, 2008

Habeas corpus for Gitmo prisoners: CPR for the Constitution of the USA or too little, too late? Neither?

Unbelievably I initially missed this announcement from the Supreme Court last Thursday. It took us only 7 (seven) years to begin the process of digging out of the constitutional grave so many of those in power in this country had worked so hard to dig.

Justices, 5-4, Back Detainee Appeals for Guantanamo

The lives of the prisoners notwithstanding, the damage to the reputation of the U.S. as a beacon of human rights around the world (even when not always deserved) is done, and is also immeasurable.

Perhaps the real story (for the Church?) is the utter failure of the republican-style (not to mention other styles) nation-state to play by its own rules when backed into a corner. We are reminded once again to ask: In whom do we put our faith?

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Hmmm... C.S. Lewis as a philosophical theologian

...we shall see:

C. S. Lewis as Philosopher: Truth, Goodness and Beauty

Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Details: 268 pages, paperback, c. 2008, $23

Description: What did C. S. Lewis think about truth, goodness and beauty?
Here are fifteen essays that explore three major philosophical themes from the writings of Lewis. David J. Baggett, Gary R. Habermas and Jerry L. Walls edit this overview of Lewis's philosophical thinking on arguments for Christianity, the character of God, theodicy, moral goodness, heaven and hell, a theory of literature, and the place of the imagination.

Tall Skinny Kiwi: Becky Garrison, Rising From The Ashes (book)

Tall Skinny Kiwi: Becky Garrison, Rising From The Ashes (book)

This review of Garrison by TallSkinnyKiwi includes not only good comments on her book (which concerns the intersection of emerging and mainline) but references to a number of other books about "emerging church" stuff that I trust are to be . . . well, trusted. Mainly because TallSkinnyKiwi is a highly respected figure in the emerging world and is therefore in a position to filter - for those of use catching up - the 100 books on "emerging church" on his shelf.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Industry: Religion

Oh, my. I now have a topic for the next umpteen posts. I just reviewed my profile to see what it might look like to an "outsider," meaning someone other than the person in my skin, and come to be reminded that I'm in the "religion industry."

Karl Marx and his faithful (loyal?) sidekick Friedrich Engels would have something to say about THAT, don't you think?

Stay tuned for the next installment...


Testing my e-mail blogging power!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Time to find a groove

What more than that can I say just now?

Well . . . I can say: "Happy 40th, Stuart! You beat me to the next milestone . . . again!" Seems like Rob gets there on 29 July, Greg sometime in August, then me, then Clay bringing up the rear on 6 November. My, my we do age, don't we?

And like I've said to at least three people in the last week (Laura, the barber, and who else?): I still "feel the same" as I did at 18. What does/could this possibly mean? Perhaps that's something I need to ponder out loud in the coming days if I'm to make any sense of it.

Too many things out of whack just now. Perhaps ordination will help set at least one train on the right track, in the right direction. I will therefore (and for many, much better reasons) look forward to it. For now, I ought to just remember to pray. Compline it is, then. G'night.