Thursday Links: The Historic Present

There is so much going on in the world right now. So much. It’s a Lent to remember.

Archaeologists have discovered what appear to be books from the early church, which could do a lot to verify historical Christianity. Of course, it’s far too early to make any assumptions yet. But regardless of whether the books are real — and there’s the possibility that they are real but are of no real help or consequence — objects from the past always carry a strange mystical reverence for us. If this does turn out to be a major Christian find, hopefully it will spur interest in the Church Triumphant here in the Church Militant.

Of course, history is still being written. Today is just as important as two thousand years ago. For one thing, there’s everything that’s happening in the Middle East. With all that’s come to pass in Egypt, it can be quite confusing, especially those of us who don’t follow the news enough. Biola Univeristy’s Prof. Kalil was interviewed by the Chimes in order to answer some of the students’ questions.

Nations on Earth come and go, but the heavens whisper to us of eternity. As important as the codex find is what’s coming out of technology: to those of us who love astronomy, perhaps the most exciting. We have a photo of Mercury’s surface. That is huge. I cannot tell you how huge that is.

While our friends at Cogito|Credo often have good things to say, this recent post by C. E. Moore offers a chillingly simple account of modern racism that is refreshing in its honesty. It’s part 1 of 2, so keep an eye out for the next one.

With issues like war and racism confronting us, it helps to remember that Christianity is often not a comfortable religion. There is much mystery in it that makes us squirm, at times. J David Charles has an insightful essay on how the controversial use of human feces and other waste in religious art, might actually be a more true image of God, and how we can approach such art reverently.

On a slightly lighter (but perhaps still controversial?) note, boy psychology website The Achilles Effect did a fascinating research project, by putting advertisements for “boy toys” and “girl toys” into a word cloud generator and comparing them. While it’s quite revealing, I can’t help but find it just a tiny bit amusing, perhaps because I remember fondly playing with my own toys that used similar advertisements.

Until next week’s Thursday links,
be blessed.

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