Monday 28 January 2008

The Bible According To Google Earth

Moses and the parting of the Red Sea

This artwork is the result of The Glue Society, the Glue Society is a creative collective based in Sydney.

The Glue Society’s James Dive - “We like to disorientate audiences a little with all our work. And with this piece we felt technology now allows events which may or may not have happened to be visualized and made to appear dramatically real,” “As a method of representation satellite photography is so trusted, it has been interesting to mess with that trust.”

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Thursday 3 January 2008

"God doesn't do waste"

Rowan Williams the current Archbishop of Canterbury has released his New Year message on Youtube. The text of the message can be found on his website.

I have a lot of time for Rowan Williams and mostly agree with what he says. In particular I want to quote the last paragraph or two
"Perhaps a good resolution for the New Year would be to keep asking what world we want to pass on to the next generation – indeed, to ask whether we have a real and vivid sense of that next generation.

A lot of the time, we just don’t let ourselves think about the future with realism. A culture of vast material waste and emotional short-termism is a culture that is a lot more fragile than it knows. How much investment are we going to put in towards a safer and more balanced future?

A big question. But too big to avoid.

And if we feel a bit paralysed by just how big it is – well, we can at least start by a visit this week to the nearest recycling bins.

God bless you all in this New Year; may you have patience for the long view – confident that God takes the long view of you and isn’t going to give up."

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Wednesday 2 January 2008

Literally biblically

The Year of Living Biblically is written by A. J. Jacobs, he "recently spent a year trying to follow all 700 plus rules he found in the Bible. These rules ranged from the obvious Ten Commandments to the more obscure details of Old Testament laws, which ultra orthodox Jews might follow: leaving side hair uncut, dwelling in huts on certain holidays, strict dietary routines."

To give some idea of the physical transformation he underwent, the book offers this photo.

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