Saturday 24 October 2015
Some interesting reads from around the web:
Biblical typos: The Guardian on some of the worst typos in biblical history, including this one: ‘Let the children first be killed’ This is very awkward. It’s Mark 7:27 and it’s supposed to be: “Let the children first be filled.” (From a 1795 edition of the King James version). Plenty more, here.
A Short History of Empathy: “The term’s only been around for about a century—but over the course of its existence, its meaning has continually changed. Ask your friends for a definition and watch its meanings proliferate.” So, what does it really mean? Read more here.
Christianity and North Korean defectors: In this brutally honest piece, Joseph Kim explains his introduction to Christianity in his quest to escape North Korea. “The first time Joseph Kim heard the words “Christian” and “church”, he had no idea what they meant. He had never seen a church and Christianity was as unfamiliar to him in his famine-ravaged North Korea as Disneyland.”
Kim, who now lives in New York, wonders if he would have been helped had he not converted to Christianity. “One thing Christianity could do to help address the question is to say to North Korean defectors, ‘It’s totally up to you – whether you join the religion or not – we’re going to help you regardless.’ I think that could be helpful, but I don’t know whether South Korean missionaries are prepared to do that.” Read more here.
Can women really love John Calvin? Some Christians assume Calvin was an oppressive misogynist. But Dr Julie Canlis thinks that while Calvin can be “rough around the edges,” his primary theological ‘moves’ are “earthquakes to our Christian life. He counters anyone who considers God at a distance from them, and gently urges them to reconsider their whole identity as being ‘in Christ.’ This is the only safe place for our fragile, perfectionistic identities.” Read more here.