Archive for February, 2008

Family Man

This is just a little note to say that I’m really enjoying the ongoing graphic novel ‘Family Man‘ created by Dylan Meconis. It’s the story of a rebellious young scholar in 18th Century Germany, who has been refused his theology doctorate because he no longer believes. We join our hero when he has come back home to his family and is wondering what to do next. The story is building up steadily at the moment (currently on chapter 2) and there’s a new page every week. The attention to detail is wonderful and her character designs are, well, full of character! If the idea of an unlikely protagonist with an inquiring mind and intellectual passion appeals to you, then take a look here.

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The Interfaith Dinner

Yesterday, I attended the Interfaith Dinner hosted by the Edinburgh University Faith Societies and the Chaplaincy. Despite all the organising anxieties and last minute nerves, it was a brilliant event.

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Humanist Ethics for the 21st Century

Yesterday, the Edinburgh University Humanist Society together with the Humanist Academy hosted a panel discussion about Humanist Ethics for the 21st Century in celebration of Darwin Day. I went along, but I’ve been relentlessly busy lately so I will refer you to the Not Quite So Friendly Humanist’s account of the evening.

Maryam Namazie

I thought I should point out that Maryam Namazie is this week’s author for the New Statesman’s Faith Column online. Namzie is a secularist, rights activist, and Spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. So far she has written on the topics ‘Losing my religion‘ and ‘When religion means death‘. Please do take a look!

123 meme

I have been tagged by Ninetysix and Ten!

The 123 Rules:

1. Pick up the book nearest you with at least 123 pages. (No cheating!)

2. Turn to page 123.

3. Count the first five sentences.

4. Post the next three sentences.

5. Tag five other bloggers.

Nearest me is the Routledge edition of the Complete Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm.

The elder brother kept him there until the evening, and then they went away together, and when in the darkness they came to a bridge over a brook, the elder brother let the other go first; and when he was half-way across he gave him such a blow from behind that he fell down dead. He buried him beneath the bridge, took the boar, and carried it to the King, pretending that he had killed it; whereupon he obtained the King’s daughter in marriage. And when his younger brother did not come back he said: “The boar must have ripped up his body,” and every one believed it.

This passage comes from ‘The Singing Bone’ so I’ll leave it to you to work out what happens in the end…

I tag:

The Friendly Humanist

The Not-Quite-So-Friendly Humanist

That Humanist

Five Sigma

Geeks with Pointy Sticks