Wednesday, 2004 December 8, 21:57 — music+verse, religion

Protestant music?

One of my correspondents made a joke that could be read as implying that J S Bach (1685–1750) was a Protestant. Which got me to wondering: who was the earliest Protestant composer whose name I’d know? Henry Purcell (1659–95) comes to mind, but who was big in Elizabeth’s reign?

Wednesday, 2004 November 10, 12:26 — race, religion, sciences

maybe it shoulda been called the Kallikak monkey trial

Inherit the Wind somehow never mentioned that the evilutionist textbook used by John Scopes was racist and eugenist. Jim Lindgren, Volokh Conspirator, has the story.

Thursday, 2004 October 14, 12:23 — religion, sciences

can you say it with a straight face?

Forensic theology. (Cited by Travis.) (Link updated 2006.)

Monday, 2004 October 4, 14:18 — constitution, law, religion

who stole whose concept?

Atheism and Unalienable Rights by Robert E. Meyer (also cited today on RRND):

Skeptics want to deny that rights come from God, but if they are correct, then there is no sound philosophical footings undergirding their perpetual claim to any rights. They are walking on a tenuous tightrope of conceptual fiat. Obviously they have not thought this issue through very carefully. . . .

In other words, atheists who speak of rights are guilty of what Ayn Rand (an atheist) called “the fallacy of the stolen concept”. Obviously Meyer has not taken the time to find a libertarian atheist (how hard can it be?) and ask a few questions. It would be amusing – for a few minutes – to hear him and an Objectivist debate the roots of rights. ( . . more . . )

Friday, 2004 September 3, 23:59 — religion

if the shoe were on the other foot, it would be a glove

Worth a giggle: What if Scientists Behaved Like Fundamentlists?

Thursday, 2004 July 8, 09:47 — neep-neep, religion

legacy systems

the Talmud and the gopher protocol

Tuesday, 2004 May 18, 15:54 — language, politics, religion

the former future prime minister

I’ve often mocked The Media for saying “former Italian prime minister” (what kind of prime minister is he now?) and so it is mildly disappointing that I won’t get to apply the phrase to Mrs Gandhi. The Agonist (cited by Brad DeLong) says:

News reports said she [Mrs Gandhi] would support Dr. Manmohan Singh, a former finance minister, as prime minister. A Sikh, he would be India’s first minority prime minister.

Nu? India has a majority?

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