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Links With Your Coffee - Saturday


  • Vocabulinks

  • Quantum Physics Again Proves a Theistic God
    or not

    Quantum Gods
    How to Teach Physics to Your Dog

  • Floaters What a lovely anecdote, it reminds me of my grandmother, and I'll bet it reminds you of yours if she lived long enough for you to get to know her.

  • Going to Extreme By PAUL KRUGMAN
    The wild response to health care reform becoming law has exposed the dangerous state of the Republican Party.

  • The truth and the word: extract from Philip Pullman's new retelling of the Jesus story

    The conception of Jesus

    At that time, Mary was about sixteen years old, and Joseph had never touched her.

    One night in her bedroom she heard a whisper through her window.

    "Mary, do you know how beautiful you are? You are the most lovely of all women. The Lord must have favoured you especially, to be so sweet and so gracious, to have such eyes and such lips . . ."

    She was confused, and said "Who are you?"

    "I am an angel," said the voice. "Let me in and I shall tell you a secret that only you must know."

    She opened the window and let him in. In order not to frighten her, he had assumed the appearance of a young man, just like one of the young men who spoke to her by the well.

    "What is the secret?" she said.

    "You are going to conceive a child," said the angel.

    Mary was bewildered.

    "But my husband is away," she said.

    "Ah, the Lord wants this to happen at once. I have come from him especially to bring it about. Mary, you are blessed among women, that this should come to you! You must give thanks to the Lord."

    And that very night she conceived a child, just as the angel foretold.

    When Joseph came home from the work that had taken him away, he was dismayed beyond measure to find his wife expecting a child. He hid his head in his cloak, he threw himself to the ground, he wept bitterly, he covered himself with ashes.

    The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ



Yes, the "good man" did not, I am certain, wish to be fixed to the tree of ignorance. This morning, after a troubled sleep, I heard a poem about this.


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