Jason Byassee: Does theology have anything to fear—or learn—from the “new atheists” such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens?

John Webster: The saints fear God, not their opponents, because God’s good and gentle rule outbids all that opposes the gospel. The “new atheism” looks to me pretty much like old atheism, but it is more aggressive, less historically informed and woefully ignorant of what Christians (and other religious practitioners) actually say and think. Compared with serious critiques from the past, much new atheism reads more like a tantrum than an argument.

But we have to distinguish atheism from atheists; atheists are our fellow creatures, like us the children of Adam, and we do well to listen to them with care, to confess our shortcomings, and also to look them in the eye with cheerful confidence and friendliness and explain as simply as we can how the gospel witnesses to God’s gift of life.

From a 2008 interview with my Dad. Read the rest.


The motivation behind Patatap  is to introduce Visual Music to a broad audience. 

Go play around with this.

So much fun !

First I’ve heard of it but it looks like after Cineworld was forced to sell it, the Belmont, Aberdeen’s finest cinema, is going (sort-of) indie.



“Oh boy, I don’t know you guys. Before the Olympics, the parade route had not only already been mapped, but the floats were built, the city had painted the skyscrapers white and blue, Rob Ford had painted himself white and blue…. And now? Another loss this past weekend to the Habs, and James Reimer looks like a shadow of the man he was last season. It’s not going to get any easier, either. The Leafs host St. Louis on Tuesday night, are in Philly Friday, and before the year is through have to face the Red Wings, the Bruins and the Lightning. It’s not looking good.”

Nervous times for a Leafs fan boys and girls. Can’t recommend the online “Game in 6 Minutes" highlights enough.

The NHL playoff hunt: who’s in, who’s out, and who’s on the bubble? | Sport | The Guardian

“How much backbone must that woman have, how strong a sense of purpose, how much diplomacy and drive and wit, to keep pursuing her goals along this tightrope? You can’t assume that someone’s a mediocrity just because they had no odds to overcome – but when they overcome odds like hers, you know that they are not one. I disagree deeply with many of Warsi’s opinions, but you’d have to be an idiot not to recognise she’s special
And yet they demoted her. When she pleaded to keep the chairman’s job, nobody deferred to her judgment. Why not? What did they fear in this woman’s power? How difficult is it to see what they’re failing to see? That is the question we should be asking, when we judge their mettle, not where they went to school.”

Victoria Coren Mitchell nails it on Baroness Warsi’s demotion.

Read the rest: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/23/baroness-warsi-eton-mess-agenda-david-cameron

Second track (I recently posted the first here) from Cloud Nothings’ brand new album “Here and Nowhere Else”, coming April 1 on Carpark/Mom+Pop (US), and March 31 on Wichita (UK/EU).