No. 118 (essentialsaltes) wrote,
No. 118

Such a manly name is Wilfrid

Pop quiz.
You are Canada's science minister.
You are asked "Do you believe in evolution?"

Your answer is:
A) yes
B) Of course - evolution is both a fact and scientific theory.
C) 'believe' is perhaps not the right word, but I accept evolution as the current scientific understanding, and it is indeed supported by a great deal of evidence. Nevertheless, all scientific conclusions are tentative.
D) "I'm not going to answer that question. I am a Christian, and I don't think anybody asking a question about my religion is appropriate."

Really interesting article on the 'quiverfull' movement in Christianity, focusing on a woman who has left the fold. Article comes with bonus atheist uncle.
Additional linkage:
The woman's "No Longer Quivering" blog
The journalist's book

Speaking of books, I read Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe. I enjoyed it, but much of its interest is almost despite itself. Interesting as a piece of historical fiction that is itself (from our day and age) historical. And as such, its effect on the story of Robin Hood and fantasy fiction in general is interesting. I swear I can even see tiny nuggets of The Princess Bride lurking behind the rather monolithic stone castle of Ivanhoe. It's also curious that the character of Rebecca may have been modelled somewhat on Rebecca Gratz: ("Though Gratz was considered to be among the most beautiful and educated women in her community, she never married. Among the marriage offers she received was one from a Gentile whom she loved, but ultimately chose not to marry, on the account of her faith.")
Rebecca in Ivanhoe is the beautiful Jewess who refuses to become the lover of her abductor, the villainous Templar Brian de Bois-Guilbert. I guess Rebecca ain't just like Sally. [sorry, just an incursion of unrelated drama.]
Tags: book, religion, science

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