Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday Thoughts

Ex-President getting beat up from both sides.

President James E. Carter, Jr. has recently come out with a new study bible.  I have read two different takes on the President's study bible.

Jerry Coyne on his "Evolution is True" blog has his take, which not surprisingly is not very positive:

At any rate, Carter manages to wiggle out of every misogynistic, xenophobic, anti-gay, and pro-slavery passage in the Good Book. 

Over on the conservative blog "The Corner" Michael Potemra is also upset that the President has figured out a way to wiggle the conflict out of the bible.  So much so, Potemra makes a strong case against the bible:

Judaism and Christianity are historical religions, claiming specific intersections of the divine and the human. If these are “myths” in the religious-studies-department sense, these are intended to be myths of a very specific kind: true myths, ones that actually took place in the real world of history. But if these assertions are false, how trustworthy can the overall literary work, and the faiths based on it, be?
Don't worry Potemra sticks with his faith despite the above:

Since then, I have gone in another direction, trying the variety of interpretative strategies afforded by my mushy-moderate Anglicanism. But here’s the thing: I cannot let go of the text, in all its frustrating complexity.

Personally, I do not find the President authoring a study bible so strange or interesting.  It was people of faith do all the time to one extent or the other.  I do find it interesting that folks from either side of the cultural divide, in a weird way, can find some common ground in criticizing the Presiden in how he has found a way to circle the biblical square.

A book on a good old skeptical topic.

The Mad Skeptic shares his thoughts on UFO Crash at Roswell: Genesis of a Modern Myth.  I read another review of this book in "Skeptical Inquirer."  Unfortunately, the book is not available in an ebook format, so I cannot read it.  (I am try to go a year do all my book reading on my iPad.  I hate when these little issues pop up.  I haven't decided if library books count in my scheme.  It might be a loophole.)


I never knew so many atomic bombs have been exploded.

Here's a link to a ten or so minute video tracking all the known nuclear explosion up to the late 90's.  Interesting and thought provoking, which I found on the "Reality is my Religion" blog.