A. S. Haley, over at Anglican Curmudgeon, offers an initial response to the statistical analysis of the human gene pool that claims homo sapiens descended from 7,000 to 10,000 individuals, rather than an original pair. The analysis has riled many in the church, because it references the Bible and the story of Adam and Eve, claiming that their study proves the mythological character of parts of the Bible. It’s not clear how the study proves anything in relation to the Bible, but as Haley points out, theology is having a hard time keeping up with the claims science, often failing to offer competent responses.
Elsewhere, Russell E. Saltzmann has an amusing article comparing the biblical understanding of angels and their work to contemporary culture’s view of angels. Saltzmann doesn’t like the biblical sort of angel, but neither does he like pop culture angels (“boy scouts” he calls them). Fun article.
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, over at the Huffington Post, has a thoughtful article discussing the relationship between religion and politics in American life, suggesting that religion has its place in the public square.
Rock-star saint Bono and his band U2 are experiencing some trouble from citizens of Glastonbury, Ireland, who are protesting the band’s decision to move its base of operations to the Netherlands in order to avoid Ireland’s high income taxes. The protestors see some hypocrisy in Bono, since he moralizes often about the need for the rich to give to Africa and other impoverished countries while avoiding taxes at home that would help poor Irishmen. While the protestors have a point, one wonders why taxation is seen as the main vehicle to alleviate Irish poverty.