Archive for August 2009
‘The New Testament is pervaded by references to the Song of Songs, and all of them are based on the supposition that it is to be interpreted spiritually. Proportionally no book of the Old Testament is so frequently referred to, implicitly or explicitly, in the New Testament, as this one; and we cannot but be surprised at the superficiality or the prejudices of those who have asserted that the Song of Songs is never quoted in the New Testament.’
(Hengstenberg, Prologomena to the Song of Solomon, 297)
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How are math, art, music, and language intertwined? How does intelligent behavior arise from its component parts? Can computers think? Can brains compute? Douglas Hofstadter probes very cleverly at these questions and more in his Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Gödel, Escher, Bach”. In this seminar, we will read and discuss the book in depth, taking the time to solve its puzzles, appreciate the Bach pieces that inspired its dialogues, and discover its hidden tricks along the way.
It sounds absolutely fascinating and, even though I don’t think I have time for the reading, I’ll be checking out Karyn’s blog for the discussions.
From the biblical notion that men should lead their wives, these guys infer that in order to make this possible, the wives must be hamstrung so that they, the rulers of their future roosts, don’t have to be challenged in any way. By way of contrast, the right response is to imagine a highly educated woman, and meditate on what it would take to win her respect.
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And I’m getting ready for my academic record to go through its annual devaluation.
See here for the figures.
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News of James Robson’s new appointment to teach OT and Hebrew at Wycliffe Hall.
[Disclaimer: these posts are all about British Christian summer camps. I'm pretty sure that some of this is also relevant to the US system, but quite a lot of it probably isn't.]
I am by no means a neutral observer here. I became a Christian on a summer camp 19 years ago. For 16 years I returned to the same camps, first as a camper, then as assistant leader, cook, and leader. In 2006, when I was heading off to the US, I said a very weepy farewell to the leaders room. It was wonderful to go back year after year to the same place where I first heard the good news, to the place where I first learned how to read and later to teach the bible, to a place where I had seen countless examples of God’s grace and mercy. I miss camp very much, perhaps particularly this summer now that I am back in the UK. For various reasons it didn’t make sense to go this year, but maybe it will next year.
I first met Perks on camp in 1991, though we haven’t done camp together for a while. He has some great posts about:
what he loves about camp; how camp relates to church; and a subject which has always been dear to his heart, how to play sport on camp. My playing of sport on camp was pretty much limited to sitting somewhere very far in the deep field during leaders/campers crocker and hoping that the ball wouldn’t come anywhere near me. I think there was one year when Perks set me up to score the winning run, which was very pleasing.
I can’t remember how long I’ve known Jam, but we’ve certainly been doing camps together for a while. One of my great joys was hearing a sketch which I’d first seen performed as a late-night entertainment on camp, later being broadcast on Radio 4. He has a post on how to write funny stuff for camp.
I’ve never been on camp with Ruth Gledhill, but I did do camp for a number of years with Ed Drew, the leader of the camp featured in these articles from the Times about Christian summer camps by comparison with Richard Dawkins-sponsored atheist camp.