Anglican Pentecostal: Christian Just War Theology

The introduction is subtitled “Against wishful thinking,” and together with chapter one, “Against Christian pacifism” counters the opinion, widely popular in university settings, that pacifism is the default setting for the “Christian.”

Source: Anglican Pentecostal: Christian Just War Theology

While I disagree – quite strongly – with the anti-Germanism which appears to be implicit, and at times, explicit, in this book (which, to be fair, I have not read yet, myself), I am nonetheless pleased to see a serious Christian scholar arguing against the all-too-common presumption that, as the above quote states, pacifism is the “default setting” for those who seek to follow Christ.

It is about time more people began to realize that righteous anger is, indeed, righteous; that “turning the other cheek” does not mean knuckling under to evil – and emphatically does not mean condemning others to oppression at the hands of those who would subjugate them; and that Aristotle was right that there is a virtuous mean between surfeit (in this context, too much anger, aggressiveness, militancy, etc.) and deficit (again in this context, unwillingness to fight to defend what is right).

In any case, we need to remember that He who is (rightly) hailed as the Prince of Peace nonetheless said, “I come to bring not peace, but a sword.”

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BBC’s Grantchester: Father Brown It Ain’t | The Christian Review

The PBS/BBC version [does] such violence to James Runcie’s creation that no true fan, except one star-struck with James Norton’s puling Sidney, could countenance the result.

Source: BBC’s Grantchester: Father Brown It Ain’t | The Christian Review

I must be clear, I have neither read the books nor seen the series. Having read this review, I have no interest whatsoever in the latter, although I may very well want to check out the books at some point. Just colour me disgusted, but not surprised, that the once-great BBC has so completely sold out to the forces of political correctness and social engineering.

Disappointing, to say the least! But not, as I say, surprising. Unfortunately!

The Greeks really do have near-mythical origins, ancient DNA reveals | Science | AAAS

Ever since the days of Homer, Greeks have long idealized their Mycenaean “ancestors” in epic poems and classic tragedies that glorify the exploits of Odysseus, King Agamemnon, and other heroes who went in and out of favor with the Greek gods.

Although these Mycenaeans were fictitious, scholars have debated whether today’s Greeks descend from the actual Mycenaeans, who created a famous civilization that dominated mainland Greece and the Aegean Sea from about 1600 B.C.E. to 1200 B.C.E., or whether the ancient Mycenaeans simply vanished from the region.

Now, ancient DNA suggests that living Greeks are indeed the descendants of Mycenaeans, with only a small proportion of DNA from later migrations to Greece…

Source: The Greeks really do have near-mythical origins, ancient DNA reveals | Science | AAAS

The title of this piece is a touch misleading, in that it may seem to imply that the ancient Greeks really were descended from the gods, or at least their heroes were. But although the truth is somewhat more prosaic, it is no less interesting!

In addition to the usefulness to historians, archaeologists, mythologists, and students of literature of confirming that there was and is a Mycenaean – and indeed, Minoan – connection with modern Greeks, and a very significant one, this also is further evidence that ancient myths and legends, originally carried down through the oral traditions of a people and only later put to writing, may nonetheless have striking validity.

This is not news to many of us, of course; but it may be to others, who have bought into the popular misrepresentation of “myth” as a synonym for “fallacy.” Leaving aside the 19th centuries discoveries of such men as the highly controversial Heinrich Schliemann (Troy) and the brilliant but political Arthur Evans (Minoan Crete), it is remarkable how many biblical accounts have been either confirmed or at least rendered markedly more probable by archaeological discoveries.

Nowadays, it seems that genetics is following in those hallowed footsteps!