I’ve just stumbled on this brilliant website, via this blog, so I thought I’d share it. The idea of the site is to further the exploration of the Bible through technology, and it does this by showing you how the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) agree with each other through a clever bar chart system. Snazzy graphics (see picture) and brilliant depth make this a really cool bit of tech to mess around with. The site is called Gospel Spectrum, and, even though it takes a bit of getting used to, you should definately check it out.
It works by listing all the different points in Jesus life at the top, and the number of verses that talk about those points down the side. Then, because each colour represents a different gospel, you can tell at a glance how much each gospel talks about the event. Not only that, using the buttons down at the bottom-right, you can see the events that only one gospel talks about (only John mentions the post-ressurection appearance of Jesus to the disciples while they were fishing), all the way up to the ones that all of them mention (such as John the Baptist, and Jesus’ death and ressurection). All in all, it’s a really interesting and fresh way of looking at the Bible.
Give it a shot!
I was browsing the web today, and this article caught my eye, from gotquestions.org (reviewed here). It’s the ‘Question of the Week’ (well worth looking at by the way), and it looks really interesting, so I thought I’d share it with you. No, don’t thank me, it’s my pleasure. :P
The actual question is: “Why are there so many different Christian interpretations? If all Christians have the same Bible, and the same Holy Spirit, should not Christians be able to agree?”
It’s tough questions like this that people often ask you as a Christian, so make sure you hit the link and check it out! The page can be found HERE.
I must admit, If I’m honest, that the biggest doubt I have is that God is in some way ‘unscientific’. My mind works, I think, in quite a logical way, and in being a Christian I sometimes fear that to believe in God is to somehow commit intellectual suicide. I’m worried that it’s all a bit 18th Century. I mean, we live in an age of cars and planes and particle acceleraters and quantum physics! Where does God sit in all of that? Hasn’t science buried God?
It’s questions like this that this book examines and picks apart, and it does so brilliantly. And this isn’t a book written by some wikipedia editor pretending he knows his stuff, this guy is a genius. He’s a reader (the one below professor) in mathematics at Oxford University, and is a Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science at Green College. He has a whole string of qualifications (MA PhD DPhil and DSc), and is generally an all round quite intelligent guy. So yeah, a book written by him is probably worth a read.