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Thursday Links: Catching Up

Greetings. I hope your week has been pleasant. We’ve got just a couple links for you this week, plus some that fell through the cracks of last week’s post. So sit back, and let’s rejoin the conversation.

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Thursday Links: fernando returns

Hello again, readers. I’ve been sick for some time, but I know that things have stayed busy without me. I hope this week finds you well and healthy, something we often take for granted. The world doesn’t stop, though — even if some thought it would.

Excitingly, our own James Arnold was featured on TCM’s podcast, interviewing hip-hop artists Propaganda and Odd Thomas about their collaborative project, “Art Ambidextrous.” Take a listen.

Speaking of the world ending, though, Harold Camping and his followers were all over the news this weekend. And while it’s only right to give Camping a chance to speak for himself, most people can’t resist poking fun at the whole thing. Still — though the majority of Christians throughout history have denied the doctrine of “the Rapture” — from the perspective of many, discrediting Camping discredits religion. Ed Morrissey of Hot Air looks at the media frenzy over Camping’s predictions and wonders if they have gone too far.

What it comes to, though, is an issue of Biblical interpretation. Such interpretation is always complicated. Inevitably it either divides people into separate camps, or changes the path of theological movements.

…Yes, Among Other Things

A little over a week, ago, Damian Thompson blogged for UK newspaper Telagraph about the royal wedding. I didn’t blog about it immediately because, well, other things came up. But it hasn’t left my mind since, as I’m more than a little invested in its subject matter. Continue reading

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There’s only one that feels worth it, really.

Thursday Links: Follow-up

It’s the first week of Easter, and we hope your Sunday went well. A lot of this week has been spent in continued contemplation of last week, and so we have a lot of follow-up links today.

In response to Rolling Stone’s “Kill Team” article, the blog Kings of War has an essay exploring the ramifications of their actions — for other soldiers, and for us as civilians.

Continuing our thoughts on economic and social evils, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Dufulo have an extensive article on world hunger, poverty, and just what people do with their money. On the same site, Alanna Shaikh writes about the exposure of Greg Mortenson’s education fraud in Afghanistan.

And if you’ve been thinking about economics, here’s a little post asking if Christianity is compatible with capitalism. While some of its points are obvious — it turns out, surprising no one, that people in a position of privilege see nothing wrong with being privileged — but it’s interesting to see numbers attached to the concepts, and get some idea of how widespread such beliefs are.

And at the intersection of economics and culture, Tech Dirt illumines the hypocrisy of the Motion Picture Association of America’s condemnation of Creative Commons licenses. The MPAA claims to be the guardians of “culture,” but they’ve never been interested in culture which provides them no profit.

In considering our reactions to issues in the world, such as those above, Skye Jethani cautions that the call to “radical Christianity” is not necessarily the correct approach Christians today should have to the gospel. Context is important to the argument, so please read both of the two posts. They are not long.

Until next week, the second week of Easter, may your spirits be blessed, your actions thoughtful, and your contemplations fruitful.

(Maundy) Thursday Links

Tonight, some 2,000 years ago or so, Jesus Christ was betrayed by those he loved, and was handed over to be killed. The church is, understandably, abuzz with activity and contemplation.
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Happy Holidays

“Happy Palm Sunday,” I told a friend on Facebook chat as I greeted her. It had been a long time since I’d spoken with her, so I was pleased to see her name pop up. But I was more pleased about the day.

“Happy Passover!” she responded cheerfully, surprising me slightly and making me think. It wasn’t that Passover had slipped my mind, though it’s true that I don’t pay much attention to the Jewish calendar. It was more that it made me start wondering why some people celebrate some holidays, but not others. This past month, for example, I have had to explain what Lent is to some new person at least once every two days.

Christianity is a religion with a lot of holidays. A lot. At the very least, every Sunday is Lord’s Day, and on higher church calendars one can generally count on there being something else being observed, besides. Which is why I’ve always been confused by Christians who get offended by being told “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” in December. Continue reading

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