Around the Horn – 05.26.11

May 26, 2011

The Birth of Religion
From National Geographic: We used to think agriculture gave rise to cities and later to writing, art, and religion. Now the world’s oldest temple suggests the urge to worship sparked civilization.

What Harold Camping Got Right
From Phil Cooke: The deadline has passed, the world has survived, and radio preacher Harold Camping was denied his apocalypse. All mainstream, orthodox Christians disagreed (including myself) with Mr. Camping’s prediction. We believe that the Bible is right when it says that only the Father knows the day and time of His return. For Camping’s followers however, it took 6pm Saturday to see that once again he got it wrong. But let me tell you what he got right:

The Queen’s Visit and The Power of Weakness
From Graham Tomlin: But the Queen’s visit this week has healed something. No trace of the frequent English superciliousness towards the Irish. No trace of the usual Irish chip on the shoulder towards the English. A good deal of humility on both sides, a touch of repentance and warmth. It was not insignificant it seems to me that it came through a frail 85 year-old.

Before Katy Kissed A Girl
From Terry Mattingly: Katy Perry’s religious background has piqued journalistic interest for a while. After all, most musicians don’t get their start in Christian music to go on to sing “I kissed a girl and I liked it.” Rolling Stone picked up such themes for its cover story last year, where Perry said she still considers herself a Christian. Earlier this month, Vanity Fair teased their cover story with a few choice quotes from the piece, making it seem like it would contain lots of juicy religion details. Well, my June edition has arrived to thoroughly disappoint. Here’s how the teaser framed the piece:

This is Your Brain On Apple
Scanning the brain activity of Apple devotees, the researchers found that the emotional experience associated with Apple stimulated the same regions of the brain that are stimulated by religious experience.

One response to Around the Horn – 05.26.11

  1. In a follow up to Phil Cooke’s article about Harold Camping, Phil’s friend writes, “I find the whole idea that we have to somehow “rediscover” God’s message a little suspect, and that He made His message obscure and confusing, an interesting modern psychology.”

    Here’s the whole thing: