The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has spoken on BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought programme about the positive effects that social media can offer to small initiatives by bringing them to a larger audience. He said:
Everyone seems to be amazed that the Pope is tweeting – and…
From Annette Yoshiko Reed’s entry for the 2008 Katz Center Online Exhibit: “This book, from Penn’s Rare Book and Manuscript collection, is one of the earliest printed versions of the Pseudo-Clementine Recognitions. The Recognitions were written in Greek in fourth-century Syria (possibly in Edessa). Today, the text of the Recognitions is preserved in whole only in Rufinus’ Latin translation of 407 C.E… The 1526 Basel edition, pictured here, was printed by Johannes Sichard….”
“They say that history is told by the winners, but in this case, the narrative has been dominated by the loser.“
Advent Calendr | December 20
Agate Cameo Ring, Roman (in a modern gold setting), A.D. 400–500. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Conservation in progress on an 1,800-year-old silver plate. It’s one of 93 Roman treasures coming back to life through painstaking cleaning, which starts with…water and Q-tips.
Plate with Portrait of Maia and Mercury, 2nd–3rd century A.D. Silver and gold. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris
Turkish photographer Pari Dukovic photographed the sport of yağlı güreş, or oil wrestling. The sport is at the heart of Kırkpınar, a festival in the Turkish city of Edirne which is soon celebrating its 651st anniversary.
Here is a video recording the uncovering of the ancient Roman mosaic at the Sanctuary of Poseidon at the beginning of the 2012 archaeological season. The mosaic, from the Roman Bath, is an example of one of the most well-preserved monochromatic mosaics from Roman antiquity. For preservation purposes, the mosaic is covered again at the end of each season.
Serpent handlers, like other Christians, have chosen something to emphasize. Over the course of two thousand years, others have chosen the precise nature and identity of Christ, the proper understanding and practice of the Eucharist, the correct way to baptize, the proper way to organize a church, which day of the week to call the Sabbath, and any number of other things as the sine qua non of being a true Christian, and in each case some other Christians have regarded that defining center of faith as ‘adiaphora’ — something indifferent.
—Seth Perry, excerpted from his commentary “Adiaphora and the Dark Extremes of an Eccentric Faith”
How do we respect the depth of a Christian snake handler’s faith — and talk about it without caricaturing or lauding his life?
A pretty girl can run as fast as a ‘plain Jane.’ Lipstick, powder and plain old-fashioned femininity are as important to most track stars as their shoes and uniforms. …being an athlete doesn’t make them Amazons or stupid.
—Edward Temple, coach of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Team 1960 (Faces of Title IX)