Thursday, February 24, 2011

Endangered Languages

While I can certainly understand the cultural and historical tragedy of losing a language, perhaps it will open doors for the gospel. A people who have had no access to Scripture in their language could become overtaken by a language that has already been translated. This is not unlike the domination of the Greek language when the gospel exploded on the scene. Who knows what God may be doing . . .

From Enduring Voices Project, Endangered Languages, Map, Facts, Photos, Videos -- National Geographic

"Throughout human history, the languages of powerful groups have spread while the languages of smaller cultures have become extinct. This occurs through official language policies or through the allure that the high prestige of speaking an imperial language can bring. These trends explain, for instance, why more language diversity exists in Bolivia than on the entire European continent, which has a long history of large states and imperial powers."

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Planet could be 'unrecognizable' by 2050, experts say - Yahoo! News

The first justification for abortion was a woman's right to choose, the next will be the impact on our planet and over-population. (APF news)

Population experts, meanwhile, called for more funding for family planning programs to help control the growth in the number of humans, especially in developing nations.

"For 20 years, there's been very little investment in family planning, but there's a return of interest now, partly because of the environmental factors like global warming and food prices," said Bongaarts.

"We want to minimize population growth, and the only viable way to do that is through more effective family planning," said Casterline.

Planet could be 'unrecognizable' by 2050, experts say - Yahoo! News