I’m short on time today, so I’m going to do one of my speed-writing sessions to see how quickly I can get this post written. My computer clock says 5:24. Go!
One of the reasons I’m short on time is because the Darwins are in town, and they’re coming over for dinner tonight. My dad is also coming over to help us mark the location of the sunset — it’s the Summer Solstice, and we have a wooden board thing nailed to the porch railing where me mark where the sun is on the Solstices and Equinoxes (kind of hard to explain, and possibly confusing to non-astronomy-nerds; I’ll post a picture later). The last time we made a mark was the Spring Equinox, and that happened to be the last time Mr. Darwin was over here as well. We have a rule that he can only enter the house on major solar events.
If you’ve been checking in on Quick Takes for a while you may have seen Leah Libresco’s blog Unequally Yoked in the mix now and then. I always smiled when I saw her name on the list, since I was pretty sure she was the only well known atheist blogger to do 7 Quick Takes Friday. Well, if you haven’t already heard, Leah had some big news this week — so big that it’s getting buzz from major media outlets. You can read all about it here.
The other day I heard an interview with Eric Metaxas (author of the excellent book Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy) on Relevant Radio. He was talking about an event series he started called Socrates in the City. From the website:
The Greek philosopher Socrates famously said that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Taking this as a starting point, Eric Metaxas thought it would be valuable to create a forum that might encourage busy and successful professionals in thinking about the bigger questions in life. Thus Socrates In The City: Conversations on the Examined Life was born.
Every month or so Socrates In The City sponsors an event in which people can begin a dialogue on “Life, God, and other small topics” by hearing a notable thinker and writer such as Dr. Francis Collins, Sir John Polkinghorne, Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, N.T. Wright, Os Guinness, Peter Kreeft, or George Weigel. Topics have included “Making Sense Out of Suffering, ” “The Concept of Evil after 9-11, ” and “Can a Scientist Pray?” No question is too big — in fact, the bigger the better. These events are meant to be both thought-provoking and entertaining, because nowhere is it written that finding answers to life’s biggest questions shouldn’t be exciting and even, perhaps, fun.
Love, love, love, love this idea. It sounds similar to what Professor Robert Koons has done with his apologetics series, as well as those salon dinners we sometimes go to. If I had more free time, I would make sure we had something like this every week in Austin.
Earlier this week I suddenly started getting a flood of emails from an old website that I haven’t updated in years, called Suburban CEO. It was nice to hear from folks, since I’m still passionate about the core ideas behind the site, but I couldn’t figure out where all the traffic was coming from. Then someone told me that my blogging friend Ann Voskamp linked to it in a recent post. Ah, yes, that will do it. The funny thing is that I’m not even sure if she knew that it was my site, since my last name isn’t on there anywhere.
Start your weekend right by listening to the Greek Orthodox monks of Simonopetra Monastery chant a Psalm:
Done! It’s 5:50. (Though, in my defense a good five to ten minutes of that time was because I accidentally clicked on Pinterest while I was looking something up.) Have a great weekend.