The Missing Links – January 13, 2013

 

  • A number of insightful responses to the controversy over Louie Giglio and the presidential inauguration.  For example, Joe Carter writes, “as the Giglio incident reveals, no amount of good works can atone for committing the secular sin of subscribing to the biblical view of sexuality. . . . Anyone who has ever spoken about the issue—or at least has not recanted from believing what God says about homosexuality—is to be treated as a bigot.”

  • Jonathan Morrow writes on “The God Gene, Neuroscience, And the Soul.”  As Francis Collins wisely observes, “Yes, we have all been dealt a particular set of genetic cards, and the cards will eventually be revealed. But how we play the hand is up to us.”

  • Bob Prokop on the extreme measures many skeptics demand as evidence for Christianity. “Some, like Loftus, have quite specifically demanded to see stars arrange themselves to spell out Bible verses, or some such nonsense like that.”

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Christopher Tolkien on The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún

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The Daily Beast comments on Christopher Tolkien’s interview in The Guardian.

In a rare interview, J.R.R. Tolkien’s reclusive son expresses concern that his father’s new posthumous book, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, which is written in verse, will “put off” fans. Christopher Tolkien, 84, who now lives in France, conducted an interview with the Guardian in a way characteristic of Thomas Pynchon: via fax. Tolkien père’s book, released Tuesday, is a 500-stanza poem modeled on a 13th-century Norse manuscript, a subject he taught at Oxford. When he was a child, Tolkien says, his father paid him two pence for every mistake he could find in The Hobbit. And had his father had lived to see 150 million copies of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings sell worldwide, he “might have been in turns delighted, charmed, amused, puzzled, disquieted, baffled, indignant, but, finally, comprehensively astounded.”

Read it at The Guardian

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