Friday, September 06, 2002

If you have no idea who Larry Wall is, or what Perl is then this post if for you. See people who know those things already know that Larry Wall has an interview on /. If you didn't know that I plead with you to go and read Larry's interview. Get past the geekness of it all and appreciate that here is a Christian speaking to a group of people normally hostile to the gospel, but Larry has earned the right to be heard by the Tribe of Geek.

Update Here is a great example of why I get so excited about Larry.

So let me try to clarify what I mean, and reduce it to as few information bits as possible. A lot of people have a vested interest in making this a lot tougher to swallow than it needs to be, but it's supposed to be simple enough that a child can understand it. It doesn't take great energetic gobs of faith on your part--after all, Jesus said you only have to have faith the size of a mustard seed. So just how big is that, in information theory terms? I think it's just two bits big. Please allow me to qoute a couple "bits" from Hebrews, slightly paraphrased:

You can't please God the way Enoch did without some faith, because those who come to God must (minimally) believe that:
A) God exists, and
B) God is good to people who really look for him.

That's it. The "good news" is so simple that a child can understand it, and so deep that a philosopher can't.

That's from question 7, the role of religion?

Update #2
I'm not the only one who enjoyed reading what Larry had to say. Here are some other blogs that are commenting on the interview:
  • The Mountaintop
  • The Upward Way Press
  • Keith`s Weblog
  • Christdot
  • JDominator
  • Dispatches from Outland
  • Looking Back ... Looking Forward
  • blogs4God

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