modernism

“In the wake of the final triumph of the modern centralized state and of the breaking of the Church, there followed a protracted period of wars, revolutions, tyrannies, and attempted genocides that spilled oceans of blood and that, for rather obscure reasons, we are supposed to think morally superior to the age of “religious intolerance.” And so we are all now the beneficiaries of enlightened secular governance and its special achievements: the absolute state and total war (and, of course, a universal right to legal abortion).”

A dynamite historical comment from David Bentley Hart, in a First Things article from 2006 (near the end)

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Some conversations

People I had short conversations I had on the unichurch stall over the last couple of days included:
A catholic turned agnostic after 8 years of uni, a very nervous lecturer struggling to be a Christian, a pluralist, a new Christian from China (1 week in NZ) who first read the Bible 6mths ago having been drawn to Jesus after reading about him in a history book.
The last two agreed to meet up with me to read through a gospel together. Pray that they all come to church.

humbling

I just read this, I think published in 1999

“Increasingly, powerful computers and software are harnessing and trying to interpret the relentless torrent of data generated by techniques new and old. These yeast technologies are emerging at a dizzying pace; in 50 years the transcript profile of today will seem as quaint as a replica-plating experiment.”

It’s humbling as I spent months doing replica plating experiments (with some additions), and largely failing – and I had no idea how ‘quaint’ the method now is. :S If I’d realised that it used to be quite a common technique (I thought it was quite ‘niche’), I would have spent a little more time researching it, bought the right materials, and potentially saved myself a lot of time and frustration. C’est la vie.