Friday, February 20, 2009

A must buy

I'm reviewing this book by Peter Harrison for a Canadian journal. It is clearly one of the most important books dealing with science and religion in recent years. Its argument is essentially a historical one: science did not emerge as an experimental activity conceived in opposition to Christianity. On the contrary: especially in England, science emerged as a bulwark enterprise against the growing sense of human falleness. Adam, the original human, is the figure who stands in contrast to the vicious, petty and prideful human condition. Primarily, this interpretation of theological anthropology arose within Protestantism, with few exceptions. In short, an excellent book, not despite the 740 footnotes.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

3 Weeks too late

This story would have meant so much more had it happened and been reported 3 weeks ago. The Vatican's communications people and other curial officials got this one wrong, badly wrong.

Update: signs that sage advice was ignored - from the highest of levels...

Update 2: more indications (see Cardinal Lehmann & Rabbi Rosen's remarks) of the same...