Friday, October 22, 2010

C. S. Lewis and Stephen Hawking

... and this other fellow, Mlodinow. But no one knows his name, so I just put the other two in the title.

In case you hadn't heard, last month Stephen Hawking decided to expound the latest evidence against the existence of a Creator God. I didn't think much of Hawking's reasoning at the time (and still do not), but I would nevertheless love to point everyone towards the C. S. Lewis blog for a wonderful response, offered, oh, 50-60 years ago: How C. S. Lewis "prefutes" Stephen Hawking.

It's a fun and interesting read, so check it out.

Monday, October 04, 2010

The Feast of St. Francis

Today is the Feast of St. Francis. To celebrate and recall this really incredible saint, here is his famous hymn, All Creatures of our God and King, or the Song of Brother Son:

All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong
Ye clouds that sail in Heaven along,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou rising moon, in praise rejoice,
Ye lights of evening, find a voice!

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
That givest man both warmth and light.

Dear mother earth, who day by day
Unfoldest blessings on our way,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
Let them His glory also show.

And all ye men of tender heart,
Forgiving others, take your part,
O sing ye! Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
Praise God and on Him cast your care!

And thou most kind and gentle Death,
Waiting to hush our latest breath,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou leadest home the child of God,
And Christ our Lord the way hath trod.

Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One!

Friday, October 01, 2010

on Hauerwas and Karl Barth

For those interested, I've just posted a piece, "Hauerwas and Barth, and the subsequent confusion", on another blog, Blarthing.

Blarthing was created recently by another Duke Divinity student to give those of us studying the theology of Karl Barth this semester a fun chance to stretch our intellectual legs with some reflections. Feel free to check it out.