Christmas greetings from the Millers

A family photo from the cathedral here in Madrid on Christmas day:

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Review of Ralph 124c 41+

Ralph 124C 41+Ralph 124C 41+ by Hugo (foreword by Fletcher Pratt) Gernsback
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What was the first science fiction novel? Many would say Frankenstein: The 1818 Text. But a lot of readers today think of sci-fi as being related to envisioning a future with new, exotic technologies. And if that is indeed essential to sci-fi then this book is in fact the first ever sci-fi novel. Beginning in 1911 the book started being published as a series of short stories but the author eventually brought them all together in this one book. It does have fantastic technologies–personal space travel, agricultural wonders, floating cities, and even the conquering of death.

What really caught my attention was how some technologies suggested were so distant, while other things sounded passe. The flying cars are still a long way off. But a flying taxi still had a driver, something that is not outdated yet, but will probably be in a decade.

Ultimately the book is a romance. The clear templates for masculinity and femininity are not chauvinistic or sexist (I think–but I’m a guy) and this older vision of human relationality will appeal to more conservative readers while leaving younger readers mystified. The book still reflects the naive modern confidence in human reason born of the so-called ‘Enlightenment’. Two world wars have disabused us of the falsity that science solves all our problems or that education somehow makes people good–though these myths are at the heart of that other sci-fi fairytale world, Star Trek.

Anyone interested in the history of sci-fi should read this book. It is a great book for when you cannot focus on detailed plot twists or read for lengthy periods of time. (This is my nice way of saying take with you when you take your kid to the dentist or are waiting in line at the post office.)

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Christmas Eve Service in Madrid

The Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer in Madrid, Spain will host a Christmas Eve service this year at 8:00 pm. Our address is Calle de la Beneficencia, 18 near the Tribunal metro stop (see photo below).

The service will consists of lessons and carols, meaning that we will alternate between a bible reading (a lesson) and a Christmas song. Children and international visitors are invited. The service will be bilingual, so some material in English and some in Spanish.

 

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By Montrealais at en.wikipedia – Personal snapshot by Montréalais. Transferred from en.wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

If you would like to do one of the readings or have any questions please e-mail the Rev. Dr. Duane Miller at drdamiller1232 [at] gmail [dot] com

 

People from any faith tradition or none are invited to this intimate encounter with the divine.

Understanding Religious Conversion from Islam to Christianity

This is the first of four lectures I gave in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 14th of 2017. And with this, all four of the Copenhagen lectures are available at my YouTube channel.

 

 

Motives for Conversion from Islam to Christianity

What do people say when they are asked about their motives for converting from Islam to Christianity? In this lecture I draw on existing research plus my own field experience among Christians from a Muslim background to provide an answer. This is the third of the four Copenhagen lectures. (See also  Lecture 1, Lecture 2, and Lecture 4)