Archive for February 2010
I have now actually seen Avatar. Can’t say I really disagree with Mark here on the spiritual side of things. Spiritually, I would characterize Avatar as repackaged gnosticism having also shades of process theology and pantheism. The film is not merely spiritual, it is also political and in its politik, it is a full-frontal attack on Western Imperialism and American hegemony. I would be hesitant to equate Western Imperialism with the cultural mandate (to do so would be wrong and dangerous). Politically, I think the film is more of an attack on Western Imperialism/Colonialism than the cultural mandate.
Translation Goggles from Google… pretty crazy stuff
Scientists closer to Nuclear Fusion with ultra-high powered military lasers.
Obamanomics – It looks like the thesis is something like – “Obama Is Making You Poorer—But Who’s Getting Rich? Goldman Sachs, GE, Pfizer, the United Auto Workers.” Congressman Ron Paul says, “Every libertarian and free-market conservative needs to read Obamanomics.” And Jonah Goldberg, columnist and bestselling author says, “Obamanomics is conservative muckraking at its best and an indispensable field guide to the Obama years.”
Church of Scientology takes aim at St. Pete Times. Scientology is screwed up on several levels.
Stolen hand-written letters of Descartes found. I am not a fan at all, nevertheless an interesting find.
1. World Magazine goes undercover at Planned Parenthood.
2. Some pretty shocking statistics from Mark Driscoll of 18-23 Protestants who attend church at least 2-3 times per month.
3. Newsweek article on the monetization of privacy: Google and Facebook.
4. John Frame’s thoughts on Francis Schaeffer’s thought.
5. Video Timeline of unemployment figures by county since 2007.
6. Obama administration pushing for unrestricted and warrantless access to cell phone tracking. Create fear, expand government, push for less freedom on altar of ‘security’… (Bush did it too). I’ll take my chances because I don’t worship security.
7. A scathing and apt critique of George Barna’s ridiculous book Pagan Christianity.
8. UK’s top climate scientist (and same figure in the center of climategate scandal) says there has been no global warming in last 15 years.
9. On Friday (2/12/10) 49 of 50 states had snow on the ground.
10. Potential genetic link between Jews and Taliban – it seems that one of the 10 exiled Northern tribes of Israel/Ephraim went over to India.
11. Millionaire Says Money ‘Prevents Happiness’ and gives away all money and property.
13. Marine Lance Cpl. walks away from sniper shot to the head.
Every few months I am reminded why I dislike HP.
1. The opportunity for extensive culture-making in the U.S
2. The rise of Islam
3. The new non-western Global Christianity
4. The growing cultural remoteness of the gospel
5. The end of prosperity?
As usual, Keller has some prescient and keen cultural insight. Your thoughts?