Thursday, December 27, 2012

Time Almanac 2013 Non-Exhaustive Review


Happy New Year 2013, and I hope the remainder of Christmas Season 2012 is a pleasant one.

I desired a blogging tool for Christmas and I received a reasonable one and so I shall review the 'Time Almanac 2013'.

As well, it provides an option for a different type of very short academic post which is worthy goal.

It is 'powered' by the Encyclopedia Britannica. In my undergrad I was told to never to use Encyclopedias as source for citations, but I found quite frankly with my MPhil and PhD theses writing that quite often, not that I used traditional Encyclopedias, but specialty dictionaries and academic encyclopedias, written by the top scholars were often the best sources for academic information. The sources as the academic books and journals.

Year In Review
People Awards
Nature, Science, Medicine & Technology
United States
Arts, Entertainment & Leisure


Examining the category of Sport, and something I have some knowledge about and what might be of interest of many Canadians and relatively speaking, philosophically, a minority of Americans, is 'Ice Hockey', and in particular, The National Hockey League. The text states the National Hockey was formed in 1917 in Canada with the first American team, the Boston Bruins arriving in 1924. Time (2012: 803). The text explains how the Stanley Cup is awarded in the National Hockey League and also mentions that the World Hockey Championships are sponsored by the International Ice Hockey Federation and have been since 1930. Time (2012: 803).

The text appears to do a fine presentation with the listed champions of the World Hockey Championships and also the history of Stanley Cup champions and the standings from the 2011-2012 season.

What is completely lacking is any mention or understanding philosophically of best versus best international tournaments such as the Canada versus Soviet Union 1972, the Canada Cup/World Cup of Hockey tournaments and Olympic hockey which now at this point alternates with the World Cup of Hockey for presenting best vs. best competition. 

As the World Hockey Championships are played simultaneously with the Stanley Cup playoffs, they are not a true best versus tournament.

This intellectual, philosophical oversight is a major flaw with the text. 

Another flaw is a failure to at all mention the National Hockey League lockout which may derail the entire season.

I personally hope it does as the League has philosophically been off the rails since the 1967 expansion and needs to be fixed in several areas...

I deduce from sports websites, such as TSN.CA that many fans of clubs are addicted to their teams playing on television, various computers, and live and just want to watch hockey but philosophically there needs to be a fix.

There needs to be significant relocation and expansion into primarily traditional hockey markets, even if this means shared profitable markets such as in Southern Ontario. As Canada is a small country compared to the United States (and the European Union as an entity) there many not be enough good markets in Canada and the United States for 30 or more teams.

Player's salaries need to be lower on average, all teams need to be profitable after potential revenue sharing and salary capping.

Overall in regard to Ice Hockey, the text is adequate but not very in-depth.


On page 505 is the Religion section there is a quite useful 'Chronological List of Popes' which includes the theological assumption made by the Roman Catholic Church and denied by Protestants, in general, that Peter was the first Pope. John Calvin in 'The Bondage and Liberation of the Will' viewed the Papacy of the 16th century as beyond reform.  Calvin (1543)(1996: 18). He called the Pope of that era an Antichrist, mainly because of doctrine. Calvin (1543)(1996: 19). Calvin warned of the dangers of idolatry, superstition, and ritual. Calvin (1543)(1996: 19). However, Peter as noted here is listed as the first Pope. Time (2012: 505). The theological explanation provided is that according to the Roman Catholic Church the Pope is the successor of Saint Peter who was the head of the Apostles. The Pope is therefore viewed to have supreme power of jurisdiction over the universal Church in matters of faith and morals as well as in regard to Church government and discipline. It is further explained that up until the 4th Century Popes were stated to be 'Bishops of Rome' and from 1309-1377 the seat of the papacy was at Avignon, France. Antipopes from this era are listed in the text in italics, but are recognized interestingly. Time (2012: 505).

Seemingly, not a bad academic summary and with a very useful listing of Popes. 

As a Reformed theologian I would be in agreement with much of John Calvin's theology in regard to the nature of God, sovereignty, salvation, free will and determinism. He made many reasonable critiques about the Roman Catholic Church of his era, and was more knowledgeable than I on the subject. That being stated, I view the Roman Catholic Church as a Christian church with like any church, some Christians within it today, because of orthodox views on the nature of God, the Trinity and the resurrection and the atonement, in its basics, although not holding to their sacramental views. There is a classic Roman Catholic/Protestant divide here on whether, although salvation is through grace through faith alone 
(Ephesians 2), and it could also be stated, faith through grace alone as God provides both, the sacraments, within legal justification can provide the believer with merit.

Roman Catholic theologian Alan Schreck believes so as he notes that although the sacraments are a gift from God and are not magic, that they are natural signs that when properly administered provide the follower with the merits of Jesus Christ. Schreck (1984: 150).

In contrast from my Reformed perspective in light of Ephesians 2 and other Biblical references I would view merit as something not earned in the sacraments at all, instead believers are judged for their works good or bad in Christ at judgment, 2 Corinthians 5: 10-12.

Another point to be made is that Paul seems a more likely head of the Apostles, if there was one, being a Biblical scholar and he wrote or had written via scribes more New Testament works than any other Apostle.

I also see no need for a Papacy.

But then again, those that read my blogs realize I have plenty of 'critiques' some negative for the evangelical church and also for the liberal church.

The Time text also has a 'World Religions' section within the 'World' section with descriptions of Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and other typically considered major world religions.

It has listed in the world (Selective by author)

The first three are in order

Christians 2, 319, 839, 000
Muslims   1, 609, 200, 900
Hindus         967, 164, 000
Atheists       136, 327, 000
Jews             14, 993, 000

I would deduce not surprisingly this text would be a good preliminary source for what it presents.

It is not an in-depth academic source.

But it is a useful blogging tool for some preliminary level citations.

Additionally, the maps look fairly detailed.

It is good to have maps of each country, however, it would to good to have United States State and Canada Provincial flags, and some for British Isles flags, basically more detailed information.

CALVIN, JOHN (1543)(1996) The Bondage and Liberation of the Will, Translated by G.I. Davies, Grand Rapids, Baker Book House.

SCHRECK, ALAN (1984) Catholic and Christian, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Servant Books.

TIME ALMANAC 2013 (2012) Chicago.

Thanks to the Jeff via Facebook


Jeff said...

Since you mentioned the Catholic Church, what do you make of this?:
Extreme Oath of the Jesuits

Jeff said...

This is interesting.

Prayers To Mary

Dr. Russell Norman Murray said...


'I do further declare that the doctrine of the churches of England and Scotland, of the Calvinists, Huguenots and others of the name Protestants or Liberals to be damnable and they themselves damned who will not forsake the same.

I do further declare, that I will help, assist, and advise all or any of his Holiness' agents in any place wherever I shall be, in Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England, Ireland or America, or in any other Kingdom or territory I shall come to, and do my uttermost to extirpate the heretical Protestants or Liberals' doctrines and to destroy all their pretended powers, regal or otherwise.'

Seems overly dogmatic and cultic.

Thanks, Jeff.

Dr. Russell Norman Murray said...

'Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed are thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Mary is given more prominence in this Roman Catholic theology than she is in the New Testament. Red flags. It is a misdirection, a wrong focus.

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I translated with Google. Thank you very much Eva. Happy New Year to you and family.


chucky said...

I see in the stats how the Leafs went from being one of the top teams to only making it to the finals once in my entire life (winning in 1967 when I was an infant).

Dr. Russell Norman Murray said...

The Leafs have fallen...

Looney said...

I have noticed that Canadian preachers in the US prefer to build their sermons around hockey stories, whereas American preachers start with examples from baseball and football.

Dr. Russell Norman Murray said...

Wise and reasonable...

Jeff said...

After reading Looney's comment, I wonder if English preachers start with examples from pubs.

; )

I'm just being cocky. (Or is that 'Cockney?')

Sorry, it's Saturday night, and I'm tired after a long, miserable day at work...

Jeff said...

Dr. Murray, would you please comment on this article?:

The Prophecy of The Ten-Nation Confederacy

Dr. Russell Norman Murray said...

'After reading Looney's comment, I wonder if English preachers start with examples from pubs.

; )

I'm just being cocky. (Or is that 'Cockney?')

Sorry, it's Saturday night, and I'm tired after a long, miserable day at work...'

Yes and sometimes preach in pubs...

Good rest to you, sir.

Dr. Russell Norman Murray said...

Thanks Jeff, he is a well-known dispensational theologian (John Walvoord). I have quoted him, notably on my Hell lecture.

'Hence, it may be concluded that a normative and literal interpretation of prophecy leads to the conclusion that the world is yet to see a revival of the ancient Roman Empire in its ten-nation confederacy form. In the light of the amazing unification of Europe under the Common Market and the pressures of a modern situation which make the survival of small, independent nations very difficult, such a move toward confederacy fits precisely into the temper of our modern international situation. The appropriateness of this prophecy to our present day is another indication that the church may be ending its earthly course and that end-time prophecy is about to be fulfilled.'

Even if a plan literal interpretation would be preferred, is the present EU what should be focused on? As I have noted previously, it could simply be Western powers, including North American, coming from Europe culturally, in the likely somewhat at least, distant future.

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