Some links for the weekend

– Peter Singer on balancing concern for the environment with efforts to lift people out of poverty.

– Kevin Drum on the difference between liberals and libertarians.

– Bob Herbert on Sargent Shriver: “one of America’s great good men.”

– Peter Berger’s blog at The American Interest. (Here’s a piece on recent developments in American Lutheranism.)

– A three-part article from Derek on communing the unbaptized:1|2|3.

– Bls says the church needs a program. (Or does it already have one?)

– How Moby-Dick navigates between fanaticism and nihilism. And a previous piece on a similar topic by the same author.

– A killer new song from the German tech-death band Obscura.

Friday links

– The new(ish) blog Women in Theology has been quite active lately, with recent posts on John Milbank and Stanley Hauerwas garnering a lot of discussion.

– Scu at Critical Animal writes on books that have changed the way he thinks. And here’s the post that inspired his post.

– Jeremy recently had a good post on what it means when you pray for healing that doesn’t happen. And here’s the post that inspired his post.

Russell points to this interesting post from Peter Levine, offering a “civic republican” quasi-defense of President Obama’s approach to politics. Russell follows up with some thoughts of his own on localism and communitarianism.

– A post on Lutherans and the “new perspective” on Paul.

Nick Kristof: in comparing the U.S. to banana republics, I may have been unfair…to banana republics.

Post-marriage America?

– Gateways to Geekery: The DC animated universe (I loved the ’90s Batman cartoons).

Cop-out blogging

Stuff I considered writing blog posts on but didn’t:

*This post by Derek on what Phyllis Tickle calls “The Great Emergence”

*Social conservatives versus Rudy Giuliani

*This book, which I read while traveling last week

*My current ambiguous ecclesial affiliations

P.S. Firefly=awesome! My wife and I started watching this for the second time around last night; I urge you to check out this terrific (and, alas, short-lived) show if you haven’t already.

Links of interest

Some stuff worth reading from the past couple of days:

On the new genre of “food ethics” writing.

The promise of religious environmentalism.

The legacy of Reagan, Thatcher, and John Paul II.

Libertarianism vs. “low-tax liberalism”

Ron Paul shakes up the GOP.

Christian peace bloggers

I’ve joined a “Christian Peace Bloggers” webring started by Michael Westmoreland-White of the Levellers blog. I think I properly fit into the catergory of “someone who believes war is a very last resort” and “that Christians are commanded to be working for peace so that such a resort doesn’t come.” In other words, I’m not a pacifist, but I definitely hold to a strict version of just war theory and think that war should emphatically not be regarded as a routine policy tool.

The idea behind the blog ring is for members to post something on war & peace about once a week, so hopefully some useful reflections will come out of that commitment.

Veggie tales

Marvin has started a series on vegetarianism – first two installments are here and here.

Kim at Crossroads discusses a New Yorker review of Tristram Stuart’s The Bloodless Revolution. (I blogged on the Nation review here.)

FT goes hi-tech

First Things has done a snazzy redesign of their website and added a feature where print subscribers (such as yours truly) can get immediate online access to the new issue’s articles.

Also noteworthy from the current issue (and available for public consumption): Evangelical theologian Timothy George on “Evangelicals and the Mother of God.”

Ivy Bush throwdown!

Ok, not really. But current Ivy Bush blogger Jonathan and former Ivy Bush blogger Marvin are both blogging about the vexed question of the church’s attitude toward gay and lesbian Christians (see here, here, and here). They come down in different places (to the extent that either are definitively “coming down” anywhere), but both are models of reasoned and charitable discourse on the issue, which seems pretty rare these days.

Wright on the radio

Via a friend who is a Calvin College grad, here’s a link to a lecture N.T. Wright gave there recently.

Also, the lectures Bishop Wright gave at Harvard Memorial Church when he was here last fall are now available online.

I haven’t listened to any of these yet, but thought I’d draw folks’ attention to them.

Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics

I received an e-mail drawing my attention to the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, a recently launched think tank whose mission is to foster “the advancement of progressive thought about animals.” The director is Rev. Andrew Linzey, who regular readers will be familiar with (I reviewed Linzey’s Animal Theology here). Although it doesn’t appear to be up and running yet, the website says they plan on establishing an online archive of papers on animal ethics.

The center was established in honor of the Spanish philosopher José Ferrater Mora, who, among other things, apparently garnered some negative publicity in Spain after writing in opposition to bullfighting.