Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Anyone else feel an earthquake?

Just making a late-night sandwich ten minutes or so ago, when the fridge door shook. I assumed it was just me bashing around in the kitchen (I'm not exactly delicate when in a hunting and foraging mode), then a shout from upstairs - "did you just feel an earthquake?" So I guess it's an earthquake.

Thursday, 21 February 2008

Theodicy - an apology

I really should get a new spell checker.

When I referred to "Theodicy", what I was actually talking about was the "Odyssey". Famous for "Use it up and wear it out" and "Back to my roots".

It's easy to tell the difference. One is about struggling with understanding how so much pain and anguish, inflicted on so many people, could be allowed. The other is something to do with theology.

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Science and Faith

Reading two books on Science and Faith. Both by Scientist / Theologians - Science and the Trinity by John Polkinghorne, and The Science of God by Alistair McGrath. Good stuff, especially Polkinghorne on theodicy. Particularly interesting because I've avoided this kind of stuff for the last twenty years, and feel like I'm reading it at the right time (just in time to rescue me from total disinterest in academic study) and it rings true. - but not always comfortably.

Thursday, 14 February 2008

Indexed Beakers

I know this is rather geeky and rather sad - and I don't know much about this quacktrack thing - but still... it's the categorisation that worries me... http://blogshares.com/blogs.php?blog=http://cyber-coenobites.blogspot.com/

Monday, 11 February 2008

Big and Small

The Universe, according to scientists, is about 13bn years old. It's about 93 Billion light years across. Given the speed of light is 1 light year per year, how did it manage to expand so far? Apparently because of special relativity - the expansion of space can happen faster than the speed of light, and the universe expands space as it expands...

There are 10 billion stars in the average galaxy, and there are about 10 billion galaxies that can be observed...

Yet all the importance in the universe can be vested in two people in love, in a grieving child, in a moment of human fear or elation.

Makes you think....

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

1953 Beaker Folk of Husborne Crawley...

I kid you not...

http://clutch.open.ac.uk/schools/husborne01/village-coronation1953.html

The Kingdom is...






What is the Kingdom of God?
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You scored as The Kingdom is mystical communion

The Kingdom is mostly mystical communion. You place a strong emphasis on continuity with those who have gone before you in the faith, and you might see the Kingdom of God as primarily a matter of spirituality.


The Kingdom is mystical communion


83%

The Kingdom is a Future Hope


75%

The Kingdom as a counter-system


58%

The Kingdom as a political state


50%

The Kingdom as Earthly Utopia


50%

Kingdom as a Christianised Society


50%

Inner spiritual experience


33%

The Kingdom as Institutional Church


17%


Sunday, 3 February 2008

Moderation in all things

So all those mornings I've been drinking black coffee at Ditchingham, watching everyone drinking their healthy fruit juices... and it turns out that whereas I'm cutting my risk of gout, they're all increasing theirs....

Just goes to show - if you want to make fruit juice healthy, add yeast and wait.

Saturday, 2 February 2008

Wind Chill


Either Metcheck's computers have thrown a wobbly... or it's gonna be awful windy Sunday...

Last Year's Assignments...

Well, a couple of reasonable passes. 'Spose that'll do.