Dead Sea Scrolls coming to your computer soon here.
Some myths about rape debunked here.
Another large religious body speaks out for environmental responsibility.
Archeology magazine’s top ten finds of the year includes a Babylonian Official mentioned in Jeremiah 39, Nebo-Sarsekim the “chief eunuch.” The Tablet, from ancient Iraq, was found in the British Museum.
There are hundreds of thousands of such tablets in museums that have not been fully studied yet.
Ayan Hirsi Ali wonders why moderate muslims are not speaking out about judges who sentence victims of crime to flogging. “Islam’s Silent Moderates” here.
May We Be Free of Torture
“May we be free of torture.” This was the chant of pro-democracy protesters in Burma (Myanmar) this past week. Yesterday, security forces began a violent crackdown on the protests, led by 30,000 red-robed monks.
The military government’s forces clubbed and tear-gassed protesters, fired shots into the air, and arrested dozens if not hundreds of monks. Several people were reportedly shot to death.
Researchers say many languages are dying
(See the article in Yahoo News)
The only ones really working to preserve these endangered languages are missionary Bible translators, like our friend Marsha Relyea Miles.
U.S. Transportation Secretary blames bikes for decay of roads and bridges (here).
Joe Collins, now at Villanova University, regularly sends me news updates. Here’s one from CNN:
And here’s another from the Atlanta Constitution Journal:
Evidently there is a lion in my back yard. I haven’t tried jogging up Clapboard ravine; but I have ridden my bike up the steep hill shown here.
Dogs are God’s creatures, our lesser brethren, but still sentient beings with sensation, emotion, and life. Dogs have saved people’s lives. Humans debase themselves by inflicting wanton torture on these–and other–creatures. Rodeos can be nearly as cruel as dog fights. Bull fights and circuses inflict needless pain on creatures for human titillation as well. It is not right. Don’t we have enough forms of entertainment in this culture–without this?
Douglas Groothius, “The Constructive Curmudgeon” (http://theconstructivecurmudgeon.blogspot.com/2007/07/dog-fighting-human-debasing.html)
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The blog “Christian Theology” reports Christians have been crucified in Iraq:
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